Film & TV Production

With apologies to Sam Goldwyn, what you don’t need from a lawyer is a “definite maybe.”

From low-budget indie to multi-million pound production, we can advise at every step, from first option to closing credits. The magic of film and television is grounded on sound and realistic professional advice.

We see our role as assisting and advising on all stages of the film and television production process, often steering a path through the most complex issues and providing practical and commercial solutions.

We are highly regarded within the industry. Chambers & Partners comments that: “Clients find that the media group offers brilliant support – “it gives expertise on content and corporate matters as well as technical and digital issues”.”

According to Chambers “Clients choose this firm because its lawyers are “accessible problem solvers and strong across the board”

We have a wealth of experience in the practicalities of the whole process of film and television development, finance and production, from the securing of initial rights through to the complexities of distribution.

We understand the problems faced by producers and financiers when dealing with the day to day pressures of the industry. In particular we appreciate that negotiations and agreements must be dealt with effectively and efficiently within the restraints of the production timetable.

Of the many commercial imperatives faced by producers and distributors, none is more challenging than the need to raise finance. Today’s market has opened up many new and innovative routes to sources of funding and, with our assistance, producers are developing ever more sophisticated financing structures to secure necessary finance from equity to banking loans to state funding, both in the UK and internationally.

Our extensive range of experience in film insurance and completion bonding also enables us to anticipate relevant issues and represent fully our clients’ interests.

Our advice covers a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious legal issues in the film business. We have extensive experience of developing, drafting and negotiating a wide range of the specialist contracts and deal documentation used in the media industry:

  • Finance

Banking, securitisation; distribution; pre-sales; equity; state funding; completion bonding

  • Production

Development deals; options; writer and talent contracts; co-production; insurance (including E&0); cast and crew; facilities

  • Corporate and Commercial

Mergers and acquisitions; sponsorship and merchandising agreements; agency, distribution and franchising; venture capital; MBOs and MBIs; joint ventures; flotation on the Official List and AIM; rights issues and demergers; EIS

  • Expoitation

Format licences; commissioning; acquisition, licensing; merchandising; distribution across all platforms and outlets; talent deals and sponsorship.

  • Contentious issues covered include:

Chain of title investigations; script clearances; defamation; copyright; media litigation; insurance claims.

If you require any further information about the services offered by the Film & TV Production team, or wish to make a specific enquiry, please contact Keith Northrop by email or call 0207 404 0606