Our lawyers in the Entertainment, Media, (e)Sports & Gaming practice work in partnership with our affiliate WD Sports & Entertainment Inc. to provide clients with a multi-disciplinary approach to corporate and commercial legal services including, but not limited to, corporate tax and individual tax planning. WD Sports & Entertainment Inc. provides advisory services to athletes, broadcasting talent and celebrities in connection with talent management, endorsements, sponsorships and contract negotiations along with a full concierge service.
As one of the first Canadian law firms to launch a practice focused on the esports industry, our lawyers provide advice in connection with a full range of corporate, commercial, securities and tax law matters, including:
- Regulatory and Compliance Issues
- Governance and Corporate Finance Matters
- Commercial Agreements and Franchising Arrangements
- Engaging with various Federal and Provincial Regulatory Agencies
- Gaming Legislation
- Consumer Protection Legislation
- Data Governance, Cybersecurity and Privacy Matters
In order to keep up with the industries rapid growth, Jeff Bookman joined our firm to continue to build out our Entertainment, Media, (e)Sports & Gaming practice. Jeff has extensive experience in the entertainment and media industries. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff practiced at entertainment law firms in Toronto and Los Angeles, where he represented production companies, networks, financiers, distributors, broadcasters, and talent (actors, writers, producers, and directors) in connection with the development, financing, production and distribution of film, television and new media projects.
The firm currently acts for a wide range of Entertainment, Media, (e)Sports and Gaming related entities, including Wild Media Entertainment Inc., the National Basketball League of Canada, the Canadian Premier League, Canada’s Walk of Fame and Bell Media.
Media, Entertainment and (e)Sports Gaming Recent Activity
The International Hockey Group (IHG) Announces Rebrand to WD Sports & Entertainment Inc. – On August 18, 2020, IHG, one of hockey’s leading NHLPA certified agencies, announced its rebranding to WD Sports & Entertainment Inc.
WD Group of Companies Acquires International Hockey Group - WD Group of Companies recently acquired 50% of the outstanding shares of Toronto based NHLPA certified agency IHG in November 2019. Read the full press release here.
Distillery District Magazine – Wildeboer Dellelce 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 Wildeboer Dellelce Partner, Geoffrey Cher, the event provides a high-level overview on the current esports boom and its landscape in Canada and worldwide.
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 the announcement here.
For more information on our Entertainment, Media, (e)Sports & Gaming practice area or to speak with us regarding any of your business law needs, please contact any of the contacts listed to the rightbelow, or call us at 1 866 WILDLAW (945 3529).