Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Peter Grant Writes
March 25, 2004
Toronto, March 25, 2004 – McCarthy Tétrault partner Peter S. Grant and former Maclean’s national and business editor Chris Wood have recently penned Blockbusters and Trade Wars, an incisive look at the economics of popular culture, the effect of globalization, and the impact of trade law on diversity of expression.
Since its publication last month by Douglas and McIntyre, the book has been receiving acclaim from critics in academia, law and media. University of Manchester Professor Peter Humphreys has described it as "indispensable reading for those working, studying and especially making policy in the field of mass communications." Film producer Lord David Puttnam, OBE, (Chariots of Fire) has called the book "timely and provocative." The book is also published in French by Les Çditions du Boréal with excerpts running in Montréal’s La Presse.
"Peter Grant’s well-established reputation in communications law is complemented by the rigour of this work," said McCarthy Tétrault Chair and Chief Executive Officer W. Iain Scott, "He achieves that rare balance of writing accessibly about deeply nuanced, multidisciplinary subjects."
In Blockbusters and Trade Wars, Mr. Grant and Mr. Wood assess the policies that impact cultural pluralism and freedom of expression, from public broadcasting funding to free-trade legislation. Mr. Grant said, "I think our book has been popular because it is based around some very pressing civic issues. People are concerned that the control of culture has become too concentrated in the hands of a few gatekeepers. Our goal was to provide a balanced and accessible analysis that reflects ideas from both inside and outside of the industry."
Mr. Grant gave a lecture based on the book at Harvard’s Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs last December, and will be presenting the Grafstein Lecture this year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a chair of McCarthy Tétrault’s Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Toronto. Mr. Grant has acted as a consultant to UNESCO (Paris), on the Declaration on the Role of the Mass Media, and to the G-7 conference on the Information Society (in Brussels). In addition to his practice and his numerous publications, he acts as the Broadcasting Arbitrator for Canada, an office held under the Canada Elections Act.
McCarthy Tétrault, Canada's premier law firm, has a significant presence in all major financial centres in Canada as well as in New York and London. With close to 800 practitioners, we regularly advise on many of the largest transactions and cases in Canada and around the world. Chambers Global, an authoritative legal directory, cites McCarthy Tétrault as the number one law firm in Canada for 2003. In the previous year, Chambers included McCarthy Tétrault in its Top 10 North American Law Firms – the only Canadian firm to receive this prestigious honour – and named it "Best Canadian Business Law Firm of the Year."
To order Blockbusters and Trade Wars, visit www.amazon.ca.
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