Entertainment Law

What is entertainment law?

entertainment lawEntertainment law refers to the legal work involved with the entertainment industry, including agency contracts, deal structuring, salary and performance fee negotiations, and much more. Entertainment law work can vary by industry, with the film, live theatre, animation, music, and many other industries having particular entertainment law issues. “Entertainment” also generally includes video games, the arts, book publishing, and, occasionally, sports.

Entertainment industries are regulated to a certain degree with respect to content, financing, and taxation. As well, laws exist to regulate the treatment of workers within the entertainment industry, such as musicians or actors.

What laws govern entertainment in Canada?

The entertainment industries which involve TV, film, or radio are regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The relevant legislation governing and empowering the CRTC begins with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, and includes the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act. A number of tax credits for film, television, or other forms of entertainment exist in Canada, and these are regulated by the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency.

What sort of work would an entertainment lawyer do?

An entertainment lawyer’s work is largely based in tax law. Structuring financing schemes for large entertainment productions, such as films, requires a great deal of tax and business expertise, and knowledge of tax credits and corporate structures. Entertainment lawyers (see entertainment lawyers in Edmonton, Alberta) will also be involved in negotiating on behalf of “talent” or studios and production companies, drafting agreements, and developing production and distribution networks.

Points of Interest

The city of Vancouver in British Columbia is a frequent film location for TV and movies produced across North America, due to its diverse scenery and the opportunities afforded by tax credits offered by the federal and provincial governments. The University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is one of the top 20 most filmed locations in the world!