Richard Hanet

LLB, Queen’s University, 1994

Bar Admission
Ontario, 1996


Richard provides legal and business services to various Canadian and international clients in all aspects of the entertainment and creative ventures.

As well as corporate structuring, shareholder agreements, business transactions, asset deals and share deals, contractual matters, employment, commercial leasing, software and trademark support and other general business law matters, Richard provides vast expertise in television, feature film and new media project development, financing, pre-production, production, distribution and executive management. He is often called upon to advise and opine on copyright and insurance issues; music legal issues, including publishing, acquisition, licensing and royalty management; and many other entertainment related legal matters.

In addition to the foregoing, Richard owns Entente Entertainment Inc., a Canadian corporation specializing in the management, production and distribution of Canadian television and film projects. To this end, in addition to his law practice, Richard has acted as an executive producer on various projects including the feature film “One Week”, awarded a gala presentation at TIFF 2008, and successfully released with a Canadian box office exceeding $1,250,000; the 2010 feature film “Score: A Hockey Musical”, which was the opening film at TIFF in 2010; and, more recently, Michael McGowan’s “Still Mine”, a drama starring two Academy Award-nominated actors – James Cromwell (“Babe”) and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of the Thousand Days”) – which premiered as a special presentation at TIFF, among other notable projects.

Prior to forming LBH, Richard was V.P. Business & Legal Affairs for Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. of Toronto and led the business and legal affairs team for the Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group’s factual production and distribution endeavors, inclusive of theatrical and television documentary, reality and lifestyle programming. In such role, Richard was instrumental in structuring an Oscar-nominated feature documentary as well as several other successful Canadian and international productions.

In addition to his business and professional interests, Richard has spoken at various conferences and workshops, and in 2004 Richard was the lead instructor of Law 326 (Entertainment Law) at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.