Adjunct Professor

David Zitzerman, BA (Manitoba, Gold Medal-Highest Standing Arts) 1978, JD (Toronto), 1981, is a partner and head of the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans LLP in Toronto, Canada.  He is one of several lawyers dedicated exclusively to entertainment and media law.  His practice focuses on the film, television and interactive industries in Canada and the United States. His clients include independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood studios, US cable services, European broadcasters, film and TV distributors, publishers, game companies, talent guilds and agencies, writers and performers. David has an “AV Distinguished”™  rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by The 2016 Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada and is recommended for media in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers and PLC’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook. He was named the 2010 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers and one of the 25 leading media lawyers in the world in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 and 2002 by Euromoney’s The Best of the Best. He regularly lectures on entertainment law at a number of educational institutions and associations, including the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall law schools, the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, the Annual Bloomberg BNA LA and NYC Film Finance Summits which he co-chairs and the Cannes Film Festival. He is frequently invited to speak at Canadian, American and international entertainment-related seminars and is a commentator on entertainment industry issues for the Business News Network (BNN)and other media outlets. He has published a number of articles in entertainment law journals and is a co-writer of “Entertainment Law in Canada” published by Butterworths. David is a director and serves on the Executive/Finance Committee of the Canadian Film Centre, is on the Program Advisory Committee of the Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts and the Canadian Women in Communications Digital Convergence Executive Program, is a Gold Patron of the Toronto International Film Festival and is a member of Film Ontario, the Canadian Media Production Association, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Canadian Association of Recording Artists.