Fraser – Entertainment law

Fraser – Entertainment Law is a law firm focused on serving the needs of a select clientele in television, film and across the creative industries.  Since its founding in 2003, the firm has worked on over a thousand international English-language productions that have sold worldwide.

Fraser – Entertainment Law has French-language capabilities.

Services en Français

Pour de plus amples renseignements relativement aux services juridiques ou d’affaires commerciales offerts en français par le cabinet Fraser – Entertainment Law, veuillez communiquer avec le cabinet directement au 212.932.7970.


Production Counsel
Scripted Drama
Dramatized Documentaries
In-depth Features
Development to Distribution

Business Affairs

Deals: Development to Distribution
Domestic & International Compliance
Independent and In-house
Union, Guild or Non-union
E&O Clearances


US and International
Commissioners and Distributors
Tax Credits
Funds and Incentives
Interim and Gap

Intellectual Property

Copyrights and Clearances
Insurance and Pre-Broadcast Reviews
Title and Chain-of-title Opinions
Confidentiality and Non-disclosures


US-Canada Cross-border
Treaty Co-productions
Counsel Licensed in US (NY and California)
and Canada (Ontario)
Worldwide Experience


General Counsel-level Experience
Independent In-house Expertise
Entity Set-up and Maintenance
Qualifications to do Business
Bank Opinions (Canada, NY & California)

Fraser - Entertainment Law's core is international entertainment business and legal affairs in the television, film and creative industries.

The firm represents producers and distributors on sophisticated US and international financing, co-production and the delivery of first-class works.

A specialized practice, Fraser – Entertainment Law does not handle litigation, tax or bankruptcy. In North America and worldwide, the firm works with tax, accounting and other specialists on an as-required basis to address client needs.



Steve Fraser is an entertainment lawyer in the film and television industries with international financing, co-production, distribution and business affairs experience with international production and distribution companies.

Steve founded FRASER – Entertainment Law in Toronto in January 2003 after a decade of working in law firms and entertainment-related organizations in Canada and the United States. In his years in practice representing producers and distributors, Steve has worked with a wide range of broadcasters, telecasters and streaming outlets. Steve was based in Manhattan from 2010 and is pleased to be based in Toronto again since the summer of 2019. That’s when he isn’t traveling the world, where his work frequently takes him.

The productions Steve works on are viewed internationally, often involving more than one production company and sources of financing.  Steve recognizes complexity is par for the course and meets the challenge. A lapsed musician with an ear for sound and sharp eye for rights clearances, Steve has acquired a breadth of experience that is rare among entertainment law practitioners.

In his years in practice, Steve’s clients have included broadcasters, cable networks, copyright collectives, feature and television writers and directors, multimedia artists, composers, performers and publishers.  The bulk of his work, though, is production. Steve proudly calls himself “production counsel”.

Steve is regularly asked to speak at industry conferences and events, notably on co-productions, production financing, E&O insurance and clearances. He represents insurance companies on their errors and omissions insurance files and has conducted E&O reviews for thousands of hours of television and features.

Originally from New Brunswick, Steve was raised and educated in Frenchand still has the Acadian accent to prove it. He works in English and French, is an active member of a number of industry associations and sits on the Industrial Relations and International committees of the Canadian Media Producers Association. Steve is licensed to practice law in the States of California and New York and is called to the bar of the Province of Ontario.

For more information about Steve’s background and education, you can read more at his LinkedIn profile.



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