Arthur Evrensel: Founding Partner of MEP Business Counsel and award-winning entertainment lawyer.

Legal Assistant: Kristine Freeman, email: kfreeman@meplaw.ca; ph: (604) 669-1119 ext 121

Arthur Evrensel is a founding partner of MEP Business Counsel. Arthur advises clients on entertainment law matters relating to television and motion picture development, production, financing and distribution, as well as digital media. He has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting of financing and distribution arrangements for international television and motion picture treaty co-productions and co-ventures. His practice focuses exclusively on representing content producers, writers, directors, investors, broadcasters, financiers, content creators, distributors, animation companies and international studios involved in the filmed entertainment and digital media industries.

Arthur has published numerous articles on entertainment law as it pertains to international co-productions and bank financing in the filmed entertainment industry. Arthur has lectured on entertainment law at McGill University in Montreal, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, as well as at the University of Victoria, and has chaired numerous seminars and conferences relating to the film and television industry in Canada, the United States, China and England. He was the contributing editor of the Entertainment Agreements Volume of Canadian Forms & Precedent (2001-2007) published by Butterworths Canada. Arthur has been a member of the Board of Directors of Lions Gate Entertainment since 2001.

Arthur is recognized as one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers, including his recognition in the Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada published by Lexpert/American Lawyer (since 2002), the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers (since 2002) and The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White). In 2012, he was named Vancouver Best Lawyer of the Year in Entertainment Law. Arthur has been recognized since 2002 in the annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in entertainment law as “Most Frequently Recommended”.

Education: McGill University (1981, BA; 1985, BCL, LLB).
Call to the Bar: British Columbia 1992, Quebec 1985-2011, Ontario 1989-2014.

Representative Work

Mergers & Acquisitions

Transactional experience representing private corporate and individual high net worth individuals in the Canadian and international film and entertainment industry, in connection with share and asset acquisitions, investments and sales. Recent transactions include:

  • Represented Lark Entertainment, a major Canadian production company, in connection with the sale of a 49% equity interest to one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies.
  • Represented Thunderbird Films, a major Canadian production company, in connection with the acquisition of a television producer.
  • Represented a Canadian producer in connection with the sale of a minority equity interest to an investor.
  • Advised a high net worth individual’s investment in a major theatrical motion picture.
  • Represented Thunderbird Films, a major Canadian media and entertainment company, in connection with the acquisition of a distribution company in the UK.
  • Represented Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc. and its shareholders in connection with the sale of the company to DHX Media Ltd.
Production / Entertainment Law
  • Legal counsel to Lionsgate Entertainment in connection with the television series entitled “Ascension” on CBC.
  • Legal counsel to Rovio Entertainment, the owners of the popular video game “Angry Birds” franchise, in connection with the production and financing of the animated theatrical motion picture for “Angry Birds”.
  • Legal counsel to the producers (Tim Johnson and Oliver De Caigny) of the television series entitled “Strange Empire” on CBC.
  • Legal counsel to MGM television in connection with the production and financing of the television series entitled “Fargo”.
  • Legal counsel to the producers of the feature film entitled “The 9th Life of Louis DRAX”, produced under the Canada/UK co-production treaty, by Brightlight Pictures and distributed by Miramax.
  • Legal counsel to No Trace Camping in connection with the treaty co-production theatrical motion pictures entitled “The F-Word” (starring Daniel Radcliffe) and “Room” (starring Brie Larson).
  • Legal counsel to the producers (John Lenic and Kaleena Kiff) of the Canada/UK treaty co-production theatrical motion picture entitled “The Legend of Barney Thompson” starring Emma Thompson and directed by Robert Carlyle.
  • Legal counsel to Unity Pictures, the producer of the television series entitled “Cedar Cove”
  • Legal counsel to Lark Entertainment in connection with the financing, production and exploitation of the television series entitled “Motive” on ABC in the United States and on CTV in Canada, on a television series entitled “High Moon” on Syfy Channel in the United States.
  • Legal counsel to Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc. in connection with the rights, structure and financing of numerous animated television series.
  • Legal counsel to William Shatner, the star and executive producer of “The Captains” and “Shatner’s World”.
  • Legal counsel to ITV Studios in connection with the television series entitled “The Good Witch”.
  • Legal counsel to Brent Butt, the creator, star, executive producer and writer of the television series entitled “Corner Gas” (6 seasons) and “Hiccups” (2 seasons) and the feature films entitled “Corner Gas: The Feature Film” and “No Clue”.
  • Legal counsel to Brightlight Pictures, Miramax Pictures, BBC-TV, Unity Pictures, ITV Studios, Johnson Entertainment Group, Nerd Corps Animation, Michael Jaffe Films, GRB Entertainment, David Storey, Lions Gate Entertainment, Lark Entertainment, River Road Films, Howard Braunstein Films, Anna Wallner, Kristina Matisic and Legendary Pictures/Legendary Television.

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