On the Edge of Now: Emerging Trends in Entertainment, Digital and IP Law – Registration is open


On the Edge of Now: Emerging Trends in Entertainment, Digital and IP Law – February 27 and 28, 2015

We wanted to let you know that registration for the conference is open and the full list of speakers and topics can be found on our website:


Below, you will find our full schedule for the conference. This year’s conference promises to be very exciting as we are partnering with Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) and their conference “Women Making Waves”. By purchasing an ALIS conference pass, you will also gain access to WIFT’s Saturday panels. Two conferences for the price of one! You can find out more about this partnership on our website.   We hope you can join us – this year’s conference is focused on digital media and will be exploring several aspects such as marketing, new distribution models, regulatory frameworks, and so much more. We have some of the top legal minds of the country coming to Halifax for this, as well as some of the film and television industry’s movers and shakers. It’s not to be missed.


Individual tickets to sessions are also available for purchase on our website.

Friday, February 27

Opening Night Keynote Speaker Paul Zimic and Opening Reception: “Let’s Get Digital!”

@ The Lord Nelson Hotel Georgian Suite

Registration begins at 5pm. Cash bar and light appetizers will be served.

Welcome and Keynote Speaker Paul Zimic will begin at 6pm.

Reception with cash bar will continue until 7pm, at which point WIFT’s reception will begin. All ALIS attendees are welcome to attend WIFT’s reception at no extra charge.

Let’s Get Digital!

At one time video store shelves held the latest blockbusters and your all-time favourites. Now digital storefronts like iTunes offer infinite shelf space and increasing ease of access. In his opening remarks, Paul Zimic will address selecting the right digital platform for your content and the evolution of marketing in a jungle of competition.

Saturday, February 28

**** Please note: All Saturday sessions are held at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, except for lunch.***

State of Play: Tension between OTT services and the film and television industry 

Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Speakers Bob Tarantino and David Zitzerman

Consumers are increasingly comfortable getting their content via new digital platforms such as Netflix, Shomi and Crave – but are Canadian regulators falling out of sync with our brave new world? This session will explore the tensions in the framework of Canadian laws and regulations governing the film and television industry, and how they interface with new “over-the-top” digital services. From “Canadian content” requirements to tax credits and guild concerns, David and Bob will discuss the current state of play in the industry, and how the regulatory environment is being challenged (and changing?) in the wake of new online delivery services.

Shomi the Content: New Distribution Models for Film and Television 

Feb 28 @ 10:10 am – 11:00 am

Speakers Carolyn Stamegna and Paul Zimic .

iTunes, Netflix, Google Play, Shomi, Xbox, Amazon, Playstation, CraveTV, Hulu, hoopla… The increasing number of revenue generating options for content has offered real, measurable alternatives to the traditional distribution model.

When does it make sense to break the old model and what rights (if any) should you exploit directly? What is AVOD, SVOD and TVOD and how can you access them? What content performs best? What is the difference between and aggregator and a distributor? It has already been established that you need to diversify your content to thrive in the independent production world. These digital platforms are available to you and Carolyn and Paul’s discussion will shed light on how you fit in.

Mid-Morning Break 

Mid-morning break. Catering by Lion & Bright Cafe and Wine Bar.

Everything you need to know about E&O Insurance 

Feb 28 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Speakers Debra Hodgson and Christene Hirschfeld

Producers’ Errors and Omissions Insurance. What is it? Why does every producer have to get it, whether they want it or not? Common clearance mistakes made by producers, especially in documentaries and fact-inspired fiction. Dos and don’ts for getting clearances and rights to prevent catastrophes when you finally apply for this required insurance. Why and how small producers should take steps to avoid E&O problems, and what lawyers can do to help them. What is covered by E&O insurance, and what isn’t? Why NOT to wait until your project is filmed to understand what clearances you needed, and when to get a lawyer involved to prevent catastrophes. A whirlwind tour through E&O clearance issues and insurance for fiction, documentaries and everything in between.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker Waye Mason @ University Club

Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In partnership with WIFT-AT. This is included in all conference passes. Buffet lunch options will include gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options.

Keynote speaker: Waye Mason

In a keynote address local councillor, Pop Explosion Founder, and cultural entrepreneur Waye Mason explores the essential role our creative economy plays in building vibrant communities, fostering growth, and promoting innovation.

Following the keynote, there will be tabletop networking and conversations with Industry experts.

Virtual Reality: Tips and traps for video game licensing and publishing contracts.

Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Join speakers Rob Aske and Kirsten Tomilson for a panel discussion about making the leap from producing film and television and entering the videogame world.

The session will look at some common contractual sticking points, and some recent cases from the world of video game law, with first hand industry context.

Top 10 Tips for Music Owners 

Feb 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Speakers Paul Sanderson and Daniella Bassan

Learn how to “synch” or swim your way through music licensing agreements by gaining valuable insight and answers to burning questions such as:

· What are the key terms and conditions to be negotiated?

· Who are the key actors and players in the room?

· What are some current trends and practices in the field?

Closing Night Dinner @ The Arms at the Lord Nelson Hotel 7:30pm onwards

Join ALIS and the speakers for a closing night dinner at the newly renovated restaurant The Arms at the Lord Nelson Hotel. This dinner is not included in your registration fee – attendees must each pay for their own dinner.

This will be a great opportunity to network with the speakers and members of ALIS, as well as with other conference attendees.

We have a set 3 course menu for $35 (or a two course menu for $27) plus HST plus tip. Beverages not included.

We look forward to having you come!

Beets & Blue

valley roasted beets and apple salad with candied pecans and local urban blue

cheese dressing


Ahi Tuna Tartare

avocado, pumpkin seeds and kumquat relish


Local Bay Scallops with tidal bay cream sauce, served with pumpkin puree and garlic mashed



Oulton Farm Short Rib

with glen breton whiskey and blueberry reduction, noggins farm vichy style carrots

and croquette potatoes


Upside Down Rhubarb Cake

with sour cream and cranberry ice cream


Warm Apple and Pear Charlotte

with cinnamon crème anglaise