Sports and Entertainment

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Sports and Entertainment Overview

In our Sports and Entertainment practice, we provide a wide range of legal corporate and commercial services including, but not limited to, corporate tax and individual tax planning, agency, licensing and franchise agreements, sponsorships, endorsements, broadcast rights, talent management and business combination agreements. The firm currently acts for a number of sports and entertainment related entities including, Wild Media Inc., the National Basketball League of Canada, the Canadian Premier League and Canada’s Walk of Fame. Recently we have been retained by Bell Media, the mass media subsidiary of BCE.

Jeff Bookman recently joined our firm to grow our Sports and Entertainment practice. Jeff has extensive experience in the industry and previously practised at entertainment law firms in Toronto and Los Angeles, where he represented production companies, financiers, distributors, broadcasters, and talent (actors, writers and directors) in connection with the development, financing, production and distribution of film, television and new media projects.

In addition, Wildeboer Dellelce is one of the first Canadian law firms to launch a practice focused on the esports industry. Lawyers in our esports practice group provide advice in connection with a full range of corporate, commercial, securities and tax law matters. The firm currently acts for some of Canada’s most promising, emerging esports companies and related platforms.

Sports and Entertainment Recent Activity

WD Group of Companies Acquires International Hockey Group (“IHG”) - WD Group of Companies recently acquired 50% of the outstanding shares of Toronto based NHLPA certified agency the International Hockey Group (IHG) in November 2019. Read full press release here

Distillery District Magazine - Ryan Trimble interviewed in Distillery District Magazine article on Esports - The Canadian Frontier

ESPORTS & EGAMING Breakfast and Networking Event – Wildeboer Dellelce partners with Digital Finance Institute to host a panel event on August 13, 2019 as part of Canada FinTech Week. Led by Partner, Geoffrey Cher, the event provides a high-level overview on the current esports boom and its landscape in Canada and Worldwide.

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Esports Legal Issues – Five Things You Should Know – legal update written by Wildeboer Dellelce lawyers on the five primary legal issues in the esports industry.

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP Announces Formation of esports Practice Group in June 2019 - read annoucement here


CONTACT

For more information on how we can assist you in this sector or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact:

Perry Dellelce call 416 361 5899

Geoffrey Cher call 416 361 4793

Sanjeev Patel call 416 361 4779

Michael Rennie call 416 361 4781

Julie Anderson call 416 847 6914

Jeff Bookman call 416 361 4765

Ryan Trimble call 416 361 4790

Rebecca Cochrane call 416 361 6174

Joel Fraser call 416 361 2932

Tax: Katy Pitch call 416 361 4787

Tax: Marija Tasevska call 416 361 4782