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joe-sistoJoe Sisto received his B.C.L. and LL.B degrees (with distinction) from McGill University in 1998. He also received his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from McGill University in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (with distinction) from Concordia University in 1993. Prior to establishing Sisto Entertainment & Business Law Services, Joe was a media & entertainment lawyer at Canada’s largest law firm. He has been credited as production counsel on over 100 motion picture, television and home video productions. Joe has represented major Hollywood studios, film and t.v. financiers in North America and Europe, independent producers, distributors, writers, actors, directors, composers and radio personalities. His writings on various entertainment industry issues have been published in numerous reputable publications including Entertainment & Sports Lawyer; Filmmaker Magazine; Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook; and The Lawyer’s Weekly. He has spoken at major industry-related conferences including the Banff World Television Festival and International Publishers Association Copyright Symposium.

The following is a selection of Joe‘s publications and speaking engagements:

Guest lecturer at McGill University's School of Continuing Studies, Executive Production in Creative Industries Program, 2021 and 2022.

"Publishing Contracts", The Empowered Author Podcast Series for Ingenium Books, November 24, 2021.

Panelist, M for Montreal Workshop, “Don’t Open the Trunk”, and CJAM Legal Pop Up Shops, November 21, 2013.

Panelist, Careers in the Entertainment Industry, Concordia University Counselling and Development, Career and Placement Services, 2011.

"Fundamentals of Canadian Copyright Law", presented to Professional Writers' Association of Canada (PWAC), Freelancer Bootcamp, April 24, 2010.

"Distribution of Independent Film (La distribution du film indépendant)", presented at 26th Edition of the Vues D'Afrique - PanAfrica International Film Festival, April 19, 2010.

"Introduction to Intellectual Property and Contract Law for Artists", presented at YES (Youth Employment Services) Montreal, Law & The Arts Workshop, February 10, 2010.

“International Film Incentives for Canadian Producers”, presented during Toronto International Film Festival, September 11th, 2008.

Panelist, “Co-Producing with China: The Law, The Bank and The Bond”, Banff World Television Festival, June 13, 2007.

“Sinking the Pirate Ship: Addressing the Problem of Motion Picture Theft“, Entertainment, Publishing & The Arts Handbook, 2006-2007 Edition.

April 2006: “Sitting on a Pot of Gold: Film, Television & Subsidiary Rights in Literary Property”, presented at the 6th International Publishers Association Copyright Symposium.

“Can screenwriters protect themselves from story theft?”, The Lawyers Weekly, Jan. 14, 2005.

“Outsourcing the Movies: Runaway Productions of American Film and Television to Canada,” published as cover article in Entertainment & Sports Lawyer (Spring 2004 Issue), a publication of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, republished in Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, 2004-2005 Edition, a Dualstar Entertainment publication, and Filmmaker Magazine (Fall 2004) Vol. 13 #1, a publication of the Independent Feature Project.

“Insurers protect against risks of T.V., film production,” The Lawyers Weekly , July 11, 2003.

“Do celebrities forfeit the right to privacy?”, The Lawyers Weekly, June 20, 2003.

“‘Financial Core’ a threat to Canadian actors’ union?”, The Lawyers Weekly, October 17, 2003.

“Novice writers should sign submission release forms,” The Lawyers Weekly, April 18, 2003. in Entertainment & Sports Lawyer (Summer 2003 Issue), a publication of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

“Collecting Bad Debts”, Trendmaker Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Aug. 2003.

“Warranty of Quality: A Seller’s Obligation”, Trendmaker Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 3, Nov. 2003.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Association des juristes pour l’avancement de la vie artistique (Ajava)
  • Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (voting member)

dan-bachnerDaniel Bachner is an associate attorney at SEBLS. Mr. Bachner’s practice focuses primarily on entertainment and corporate law, specifically in film and television. Prior to joining SEBLS, Mr. Bachner worked for one of the world’s largest international comedy promotors handling complex contract negotiations with numerous high profile celebrities. Mr. Bachner is a graduate of the civil law (LL.L) and juris doctor (J.D.) programs at the Université de Montréal, and holds a business degree (B.Comm) from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Mr. Bachner is a member of the Quebec Bar Association and the Young Bar Association of Montreal, and is actively involved in various organizations dedicated to the arts, such as the Association des jurists pour l’advancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA) and the Association Littéraire & Artistique Internationale (ALAI). Mr. Bachner also sits as a member of the board of directors for various not-for-profit organizations in Montreal

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