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Brenda Blake

Film and Television Business and Legal Affairs

 

169 Colin Avenue

Toronto, Ontario     M5P 2C5     CANADA

Tel: 416.322.5266

Fax: 416.322.0810

brenda@brendablake.ca

 

Brenda has extensive experience in all aspects of business and legal affairs for the film and television industry in Canada. Her business and legal affairs practice focuses on providing counsel to independent producers from the concept stage, through development, financing, production and distribution. Prior to starting her own practice, Brenda was Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at Rhombus Media Inc. where she gained valuable experience working on feature films including treaty co-productions, documentaries, television series and one-off dramatic and performing arts productions, and distribution deals from the point of view of both producer and distributor.

Prior to Rhombus Media Inc., Brenda was Director of Business Affairs, Motion Picture Production at Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. where she was responsible for financing and tax credits for all their feature films, many of which were international co-productions.

Brenda began her legal career at Astral Media - The Harold Greenberg Fund as Director of Business and Legal Affairs and so has an intimate knowledge of the financing of project development and production.

Brenda’s services include the following:

  • Analysis of title searches and script clearance reports
  • Errors and omissions insurance and other insurance issues
  • Advising on Canadian funding and regulatory agencies and tax credit system
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements for actors, writers, directors, producers, composers
  • Negotiating and drafting co-production agreements
  • Clearing music and drafting and negotiating music licensing agreements;
  • Advising on and drafting/negotiating financing agreements;
  • Advising on and drafting/negotiating distribution agreements;
  • Obtaining tax credits and certification for Canadian productions