Whether it's music, television, film, theatre, fine art, book publishing, video games, sports, e-sports or the metaverse/NFTs, we know what it takes to protect and market your talent and content in a field that's full of competition and opportunity. By leveraging the experience of our top-ranked professionals, we help entertainment and sports businesses and talent achieve their desired outcomes – from securing the best deals to winning contentious disputes.
Maximizing the value of your creative works and talent
Because Gowling WLG is a global leader in intellectual property (IP) law, we'll work with you to defend your IP protected works and ensure you're well-positioned to commercialize your rights. Our reputation as the trusted ESL law firm is supported by our experience working internationally with musicians, actors, professional athletes, sports teams and organisations, record labels, film and television producers, production companies, managers, agents, publishers and charities across all entertainment and sports media.
Growing your business and commercializing your content
We serve as key advisers to our clients, applying our talent and connections to help them grow and succeed in the ever-changing entertainment and sports markets. Understanding that your goals and needs are unique, we can assist on a diverse array of legal matters, including commercial transactions such as negotiating and drafting production agreements, talent agreements, licensing agreements, record deals and merchandising arrangements; finance and investments; employment issues; sponsorship negotiation; real estate transactions; estate planning; personality rights; and more.
Resolving your complex disputes
From arbitration and litigation to negotiation and mediation, we have the high-level experience needed to resolve – and help you avoid – even the most contentious disputes in the entertainment and sports worlds. Our lawyers have appeared before all levels of courts and tribunals, representing clients on numerous cases ranging from civil and commercial disputes for large entertainment and sports organizations to litigation relating to licensing and sponsorship.
Counsel to peermusic, the world's largest global independent music publishing company, on its acquisition of Canada-based Premier Muzik, France-based All Right Music and Netherlands-based Global Master Rights to form the global independent leader in music neighbouring rights management.
National Arts Centre
Counsel to the National Arts Centre with respect to copyright, licensing, rights management, and acquisition and agreement negotiation surrounding their live multimedia productions, as well as to NAC's National Creation Fund.
Overwatch Media Group Inc.
Counsel to the eSports team Toronto Defiant and related ownership group Overactive Media Group Inc., in being successfully awarded a professional eSports team in the Overwatch League.
Awards and recognition
We are recognized as a "leading" law firm for our work in the entertainment and sports law fields by several legal directories, including Chambers Canada, Legal 500 Canada and Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Susan Abramovitch, leader of our Entertainment and Sports Law Group has also been named as a leading lawyer in all those directories as well as in The Best Lawyers in Canada and Who's Who Legal, which ranked her as one of the world's top entertainment lawyers.
We are proud to be the official legal adviser to – and major sponsor of – Commonwealth Games Canada, supporting the organization as it prepares its Team Canada athletes for competition at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the UK.
Contact our team in Canada
Partner, Head - Entertainment & Sports Law Group (Canada)