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Industry 6 – Entertainment Law for Filmmakers

Entertainment Law for Filmmakers
Workshop with Jeff Young, David Heinrich and Noah Abrahams of Altman & Company

11/11/2023 11:00am
Location: ScotiaBank Theater Vancouver – Lounge
900 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G5
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Jeff Young

Jeff Young is an entertainment lawyer and trademark agent qualified in BC and California. He is also a law and business instructor at Capilano University and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria. Jeff has also taught film and new media law at the University of British Columbia and in the Faculty of Business, School of New Media at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and was the founding head of the VFS Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program.
Jeff has negotiated with major international media corporations, acted for and advised award winning recording artists, music publishers, sports franchises, film and television performers and film companies. From 2008 to 2010, Jeff was a legal consultant to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and from 2011 to 2013, Jeff was the Director of Contracts and Chief Negotiator for the Union of BC Performers. He has appeared in both the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Aside from law, Jeff is a music composer, producer, and supervisor with composer credits on 3 feature-length films and a producer credit with a current music artist signed with a major label. He also volunteers as a Black Rock Ranger with the Burning Man organization.

David Heinrich and Divya Shahani

David Heinrich (he/him) is a member of the Lower Similkameen First Nation (BC), and has been an entertainment (and business) lawyer with Altman & Company since 2019. Before law school he studied literature, and spent 5 years teaching in Japan. In law school he focused his studies on media and entertainment law. After graduating he worked at OUTtv on broadcasting and contract matters before joining Altman & Co.

Divya Shahani is a partner in the entertainment, media and sports law group, and practises entertainment, corporate, commercial, financial services and intellectual property law. Divya primarily represents film, television and commercial producers, institutional lenders, private financiers, distributors, media and technology start-ups, influencers, content creators, talent, athletes, music artists, talent agencies, management companies, hospitality groups and live entertainment companies.

Divya has been a practicing entertainment lawyer since 2014. She has also executive produced various productions, and accordingly, her legal advice to her entertainment clients is informed by industry knowledge, business strategy and pragmatism.  Prior to joining Wildeboer Dellelce, Divya practiced at a prominent entertainment boutique firm and a full-service national firm. Divya is bilingual and practices law in English and French.

Noah Abrahams

Noah Abrahams (he/him) has been practicing law with Altman & Company since 2021. His practice focuses on business and entertainment law. He has keen interests in the film, music, and sports industries, and has advised clients in those industries on a wide range of legal matters. As part of his practice, Noah handles litigation matters for entertainment clients, including matters involving claims for breach of contract, copyright infringement, and defamation. During law school, Noah volunteered at various law clinics, including a business start-up clinic, entertainment law clinic, and digital law clinic.


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This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9