Clare McGarry is a Managing Associate in the Film, Television and Theatre Department at Harbottle & Lewis.
She works with clients of all types across these industries, from individual producers to well-known broadcasters, studios and steamers. She also has an expertise in advising rightsholders, such as writers of books being adapted for film and format creators, on the protection of their rights and ideas, in addition to advising producers on all aspects of their work.
Clare advises on rights, commissioning, development, production and distribution arrangements for Film, TV and Theatre clients, as well as associated sector issues. Some of her clients include Netflix, Working Title, Punchdrunk, Hachette, Rebellion, Mediapro and The National Theatre.
- Rights acquisitions, protection and licensing for film, TV and theatre projects.
- Development of film, TV and theatre projects.
- Convergence between film, TV and theatre projects.
- Production of film, TV and theatre projects.
- Distribution and sales agency arrangements, for film and TV projects.
- Advising the National Theatre on its critically acclaimed film production of Romeo & Juliet for Sky, starring Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley.
- Advising the producers of the musical concert, Together at Home (a televised concert on BBC 1 which featured dozens of celebrities performing at home to raise money for frontline workers) on TV rights issues.
- Advising Punchdrunk, the co-producers of the Sky and HBO TV series, Third Day, featuring Jude Law.
- Advising Rebellion on the protection of its valuable intellectual property rights in relation to various film and television projects in development and on the production of the film, Schools Out.
- Advising the Young Vic theatre on its new streaming platform, which enables audiences to watch Young Vic productions at home.
- Advising Freize on their series of art documentary films, Second Summer of Love, featuring films by several artist-directors, including Jeremy Deller.
- Clare gave a presentation on copyright, defamation and life rights to a group of producer-directors from the Cine-Sister group.
- Clare ran a session for the Identity School of Acting on common legal issues encountered by film and TV producers.
- Clare presented a FOCUS session to Scottish film and TV producers on the impact of Brexit on the industry.
- Clare is a mentor to students interested in pursuing a career in media law.