Hall Webber LLP | Partner
Lon began practicing law in Toronto in March of 1982 with the law firm now known as Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where he practiced as a securities and corporate-commercial lawyer until February, 1986, when he began working exclusively in entertainment at the law firm of Peter Steinmetz & Associates.
In October 1987, Lon joined the television and film production and distribution company Atlantis Films (a predecessor of Alliance Atlantis Entertainment) as Vice-President, Business Affairs and General Counsel, where he initiated, developed and headed up its business & legal affairs department.
At the end of 1992, Lon left Atlantis to start his own law firm dedicated to entertainment law, now known as Hall Webber LLP.
Lon practices primarily in the film, television, publishing and digital media sectors in the areas of development, production, distribution, talent, financing, business transactions, copyright and other intellectual property issues and errors & omissions insurance, representing producers, distributors, talent and financiers in the negotiation and preparation of all kinds of financial, production and exploitation agreements as well as “above-the-line” deals with creators, rights holders, writers, directors, producers and musicians.
Lon often speaks at or participates in panel discussions at seminars and conferences aimed at professionals in the film and television industries, such as the bi-annual Law Society of Upper Canada Entertainment Law Conference and Canada Content.
In addition to his legal practice, Lon is an Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) Arbitrator, typically deciding on cases involving contractual disputes between producers and distributors. Lon has also executive-produced 4 seasons of the television series Pet Project (as seen on life network, Canada and Animal Planet, USA) 4 seasons of the multiple Gemini Award-winning The Surreal Gourmet (Food Network, Canada and USA), the series Crash My Kitchen (Food Network, Canada) and Tooned! (Teletropolis, Canada) and, most recently, the documentary Omega Man (part of Bell Media’ Engraved on a Nation series).
Lon currently serves on the board of directors of the Ontario-based charities Moving Beyond Prejudice and The Citrine Foundation, has previously served on the crew (board of directors) of Variety-The Children’s Charity (Ontario); and is a former director and chairman of the Industrial Relations Committee of the Canadian Film & Television Production Association (now the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)), where he was responsible for the negotiation and administration of the independent production collective agreements with ACTRA, the WGC and the DGC.
Lon has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since being called to the Bar in 1982 and is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Hall Webber LLP is official counsel to the Academy.