Introducing ESLA’s 1L Representatives!

We are excited to introduce the 1L representatives on this year’s ESLA Executive. Stay tuned for the announcement of our first event!

Section A:
Meghan Carlin
Melissa Paglialunga
Michael Plastina

Section B:
Vaughan Rawes
Jeremy Wright
Lauren O’Donohue

Section C:
Jordan Kazan Baigrie
Phoebe Goldig

Section D:
John Ewing

ESLA wants YOU! Seeking applications for 2018 president(s).

Do you have what it takes to be ESLA’s next fearless leader(s)?

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We’re looking for an innovative student to lead our 2018-2019 executive committee to victory. No experience? No problem. Our fearless leader requires only passion and dedication to making ESLA great (again).

Responsibilities include taking charge of ESLA’s annual conference, running executive meetings and school events, managing ESLA’s budget, and generally having a awesome time. Consider this a great opportunity to take part in Osgoode extra-curriculars (and beef up your resume) while hanging out with awesome people.

ESLA welcomes all those interested to apply solo OR as co-presidents.
Candidates should email why they would make a great president (in no more than 250 words) to Elisa and Jessie at and

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 6, 11:59 PM. 

#SpeakerSpotlight – David Zitzerman, Goodmans LLP

David Zitzerman is a partner and head of the Entertainment Law Group at Goodmans LLP. His practice focuses on the film, television and interactive industries in Canada and the United States. Clients include independent producers, Canadian networks, Hollywood studios, U.S. cable services, OTT services, European broadcasters, film and TV distributors, publishers, game companies, talent guilds and agencies, writers and performers.

David is recognized as a leading entertainment and media lawyer by Martindale-HubbellDavid Zitzerman (Rated AV Preeminent for 2018), The 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada , The 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, Euromoney’s “Best of the Best” and The World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers. David regularly lectures on entertainment law, appears on the Business News Network and speaks at Canadian, U.S. and international entertainment-related seminars. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching entertainment law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has published a number of articles and is a co-author of “Entertainment Law in Canada” published by LexisNexis. David is a director of the Canadian Film Centre and is on the Program Advisory Committee of the Ryerson School of Radio & Television Arts and is an arbitrator for the Independent Film & Television Alliance. He is a member of Film Ontario, the Canadian Media Production Association, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Canadian Association of Recording Artists and is a Gold Patron of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hear from the best at our 20th Annual Conference! Tickets can be purchased here.

#SpeakerSpotlight – Mark Breslin, YukYuk’s Stand Up Comedy Clubs

Mark Breslin was recently inducted to the Order of Canada and was designated by the Toronto Star as one of the 180 most important people ever born in Toronto. He has spent the last 40 years expanding his comedy company YukYuks, and has been involved in film, TV, publishing and education.

The only reason he is attending the conference is that the ESLA has evidence he needs suppressed.

See for yourself at our 20th Annual Conference! Tickets can be purchased here.
Mark Breslin

#SpeakerSpotlight – Matt Slan, Slan Sports Management Ltd.

Matt Slan is the President and CEO of Slan Sports Management Limited. Founded in 2009, Slan Sports Management is a dynamic boutique sports management company aimed to help elite athletes reach their goals – particularly aspiring professional basketball players. He currently represents professional basketball players playing in over 15 countries across 4 continents. He is widely regarded as a basketball expert and has been invited to speak on CTV News on multiple occasions.

Why does Matt Slan love his job?
Representing the interests of my clients is something that drives me each day. I share every challenge, big and small with my clients, which makes their sucesses so sweet and allows me to live and breathe the job that I love.

What is Matt Slan’s advice to students?
Attention to detail and preparation is key to success not just in my business but in any industry.


Hear more on March 1, 2018 at ESLA’s annual conference!
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#SpeakerSpotlight – Tara Parker, Goodmans LLP

“Thinking entertainment law may be a great way to “follow your passion”? Go for it! But keep in mind: students who are passionate about sports, arts, and music vastly outnumber those who are able to find positions in the field.”

Tara Parker is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Goodmans LLP. She represents major US and Canadian studios, broadcasters, producers, literary, artistic and business clients, in all aspects of the development, production, financing, licensing and distribution of traditional, digital and other multi-media projects.Tara parker

Named the 2015 Toronto Entertainment “Lawyer of the Year,” Tara is recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Canada and by Euromoney’s Guides to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers and Women in Business Law (media).

Tara is a frequent speaker and panellist at media business conferences and is a guest lecturer on entertainment law at the University of Toronto Law School. She has appeared as a guest expert on the subject of “Reality Television” on BNN. She is a Past President and Chair of Crow’s Theatre and current member of: WIFT-Toronto, Film Ontario and Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

#SpeakerSpotlight – Q & A with Andrea Green, Boat Rocker Media

Andrea Green is the Senior Director for Business and Legal Affairs at Boat Rocker Media – the global entertainment company responsible behind productions such as Orphan Black!

How did you get into the entertainment law industry?
I was working at a corporate law firm and applied through an OR posting to Boat Rocker (then Temple Street Productions). It was a blind posting for a “downtown Toronto production company” and I applied thinking I would never get it. I had a background in corporate law and IP and had studied fashion law in school, so the background I had translated well and I was lucky and got the job.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?  Andrea Green
How much each project and each day differs. Every new show brings exciting challenges and, when it’s all said and done, you get to see the work you did end up on TV. It’s a pretty great reward.

What are the most crucial skills needed to succeed as an entertainment lawyer?
Corporate law skills, adaptability and a desire to get the job done.

What advice would you give to students interested in entering this field?
Get a good corporate job. Learn the skills there and then move into entertainment. Entertainment can be taught, but the training a good corporate firm will give you is hard to replicate.