Free Law Info Session + Other Film Office News

Free Entertainment Law Info Session

Thurs, April 15

6:00 pm Eastern
 
Join the Kingston Film Office for a free information session that explores fundamental legal considerations for local production companies and filmmakers with expert entertainment lawyer and accomplished executive producer Richard Hanet, from Lewis Brinberg Hanet LLP.  Register here. 

About Richard Hanet

Through Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP, Richard Hanet provides legal services to Canadian and international clients in all aspects of business, specializing primarily in intellectual property creation and exploitation. Richard is a leading adviser in entertainment and creative media including the film, television, new media, music and advertising spheres.

Right from the seeds of an idea, through to project development, creation, financing, pre-production, production, distribution/exploitation and management, Richard has assisted parties large and small, from Netflix and other major international studios, producers and distributors, through to the independent documentary filmmaker, writer, singer-songwriter or musician.

Prior to forming Lewis Birnberg Hanet, Richard was V.P. Business & Legal Affairs for Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and led the business and legal affairs team for the Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group’s factual production and distribution endeavours, inclusive of theatrical and television documentary, reality and lifestyle programming. In this role, Richard was instrumental in structuring and overseeing numerous successful Canadian and international productions.

As an adjunct to his law practice, Richard has acted as an executive producer on various projects including three feature films that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and released worldwide. 

 


 

FILM PRODUCTION DURING COVID-19

Film and television production has been permitted to continue in the province. Productions are regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, which amended its health and safety protocols to include special requirements regarding access to sets, testing up to three times per week, physical distancing, and PPE requirements.

A recent update to the industry regulations clarified that only film and television production activities undertaken by professional production companies are permitted. Guidelines also reflect the most recent public health advice and best practices. Details can be found at www.ONreadytoroll.ca.

Production on City of Kingston property is only allowed on a case-by-case basis with presentation of a COVID-19 safety plan and under these strict provincial guidelines.


 

Background extras needed

Paramount’s “The Mayor of Kingstown” and Amazon’s “Reacher” will be filming in Kingston this spring and summer.  They’re looking for background extras – learn more. Due to COVID-19, the casting calls will be conducted via email. Film and television production has been permitted to continue in the province. Productions are regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, which amended its health and safety protocols to include special requirements regarding access to sets, testing up to three times per week, physical distancing, and PPE requirements.


 

Location

former Alcan Aluminum factory – 993 Princess St.

Formerly part of the Alcan Aluminum factory, the JSM managed property located at 993 Princess St houses multiple warehouses that could be easily converted for film production. Warehouse spaces vary from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet, with ceilings ranging from 25 to 55 feet in height. The fully fenced and secured 55-acre property could easily be used as a production backlot, with multiple derelict buildings that could potentially be used as sets. Ample parking is available as well as adjacent office space.

Kingston Film Office contact: Alex Jansen, alex@tourismkingston.com, 416-886-5234
Location contact: Eric Zylstra, ezylstra@jsmcorporation.ca, 613-544-2513, cell: 613-876-2471