Media & Entertainment

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The fast-paced and competitive media and entertainment sector in Canada has undergone a seismic transformation over the past several years. Traditional forms of media are giving way to new technologies and streaming services as consumers demand more access to content at their fingertips. This has contributed to a marked increase in digital media consumption – and that trend will only grow exponentially. Consumers are seeking out more options to enjoy media experiences that are uniquely tailored to their schedules and personal preferences. AI platforms are also leveraging people’s individual tastes and consumption history to provide content suggestions across many different services.

While there are many opportunities to reach expanded audiences through the digital ecosystem, personal data hygiene and the privacy implications are becoming a key focus of consumers, political leaders and regulators. Whether you are involved in broadcasting, content provision, distribution, production, music or publishing, you must navigate an ever-changing regulatory landscape. The evolving nature of the industry and its strategic shift toward digital media are also presenting potential M&A opportunities, which can accordingly lead to various transactional challenges. In addition to complex licensing, tax matters and Canadian content rules, you will often face complicated acquisition and financing issues as you establish and scale your business.

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The Stars Group Inc. in its business combination with Flutter Entertainment plc

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Entertainment One in its US$4 billion acquisition by Hasbro

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TPG in its submission of a stalking horse bid for Cirque du Soleil’s assets in partnership with Fosun, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Investissement Québec

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How we can help

Osler has the experience to help you navigate the media and entertainment industry’s unique regulatory and transactional legal framework. We have the specialized expertise to help clients solve regulatory issues including Canadian content rules, licensing and tax matters, restrictions on foreign ownership and other Canadian control issues, privacy and data management matters, as well as financing, M&A and other transactional matters.

We have acted for some of the world’s best-known entertainment brands and media companies on a wide range of transactions. We leverage the collective experience of our leading Capital Markets, M&A, Privacy and Data Management and Tax Groups (which are all ranked Band 1 by Chambers Canada) as well as our Competition Group to offer you a wide range of tailored legal services, no matter the size of your business.

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