Eric Birnberg, LL.B. is an experienced corporate and entertainment lawyer with hands-on experience in film and television production, distribution and broadcasting, and a founding partner at Lewis Birnberg Hanet Bobadilla, LLP, a media, entertainment, telecommunications and technology law firm. Prior to co-founding Behind The Scenes Services, Eric spent 8 years with Alliance Atlantis, Canada’s then-largest integrated filmed entertainment company, holding senior management positions including Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs for the Television Group, and General Counsel to the entire Alliance Atlantis organization. Prior to that, he was Legal Counsel at Canada’s pre-eminent pay television channel, The Movie Network. Eric began his career as a corporate/commercial and securities lawyer in private practice on Bay Street, representing both private and public companies in a variety of industries.
Karla Bobadilla has over 20 years of legal experience in film, television and digital media financing, development, production and distribution and is a partner at the entertainment and media law firm, Lewis Birnberg Hanet Bobadilla, LLP. Prior to entering private practice, Karla worked at the Canadian Media Producers Association providing policy, government relations, strategic planning, advocacy and lobby work on behalf of its membership. She also worked for many years as in-house legal counsel and corporate secretary at then Astral Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund and before that at a Toronto-based production and media company.
Karla is also active in the not-for-profit cultural sector. Currently a member of the Advisory of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, she is also a former Chair of the Board where she oversaw all corporate governance and corporate matters for the organization. Karla was also on the Board of WorkInCulture, and organization that supports the career and business needs of the cultural sector.
About Behind the Scenes Services (BTS):
At BTS, we manage all Canadian and US film and television tax incentive filings and collections, including preliminary applications, final applications and registrations, CPA and regulatory audit file preparations, and we liaise with tax authorities through to the completion of the tax audit, collection of the tax refund(s) and repayment of bank loans. BTS is a business affairs and administration shop that brings studio level knowledge and efficiencies to Film, TV and Digital Media Producers. We provide structural advice and management services to qualify and maximize tax credits, obtain project interim financing, qualify for international treaty co-production status, and facilitate government and private investments on projects, amongst our many other services.
About Lewis Birnberg Hanet Bobadilla, LLP (LBHB):
LBHB is a boutique media, entertainment, telecommunications and technology law firm unlike any other. Our decades of collective Bay Street and in-house legal experience coupled with our “in the trenches” production experience is what sets us apart. We’ve produced TIFF gala- premiered films and, worldwide-released major network television series, and have hosted top Canadian commercial radio programs. We’ve been on your side of the table, and we understand your needs.