Speaker David B Zitzerman



David B Zitzerman


Goodmans LLP

Head of Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans. Focuses on film, TV, and online media in Canada and US. Clients include independent producers, Canadian and US networks, Hollywood studios, US cable and OTT services, European broadcasters, distributors, publishers, game companies, private equity investors, talent guilds/agencies, and writers/performers.

Recognized by Chambers Canada (Band 1), The Legal 500 Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Canada and Global Elite Thought Leader, Best Lawyers in Canada (2024 and 2020 Toronto Entertainment Lawyer of the Year), Lexpert, The Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Euromoney’s Best of the Best and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Member of Canadian panel of IFTA arbitrators. Adjunct Professor of entertainment law at U of T Law School. Frequent expert commentator on entertainment industry issues for Canadian media.

Co-author of Entertainment Law in Canada (LexisNexis). Director and Executive Committee member of the Canadian Film Centre, member of  the Program Advisory Committee of the Ryerson RTA School and arbitrator for the Independent Film & Television Alliance. Member of Film Ontario, Canadian Media Production Association, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and WIFT – Toronto. Gold Patron of TIFF.  Vice Chair of the Law Firm Advisory Board of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel

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