The Television Affairs Consultancy is a joint venture between Simon Vyvyan and Harbottle & Lewis. This new combination allows a business affairs consultancy and a law firm to work together to provide a unique service which, until now, has not been available to television producers and content creators.
Recognising that convergence within the media sectors is spawning new challenges for content creators and producers, The Television Affairs Consultancy, headed by Simon Vyvyan, offers cost effective commercial and business affairs advice to the television sector, whilst also providing content creators and producers with access to corporate and legal affairs advice from Harbottle & Lewis.
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Harbottle & Lewis specialises in advising clients in the technology, media and communications industries. A particular area of focus is advising entrepreneurs and founder-led businesses, particularly in rights-led areas such as television and digital content. We act for many clients from start-up through to successful investment or exit offering a contribution well beyond day-to-day legal advice.
Through our experience in advising numerous clients through their business lifecycle, we know what it takes for companies to be “investment ready” when seeking investment or a potential buyer. We have worked with many TV production companies (and other companies involved in producing and exploiting digital content) from start-up to exit. It generally takes a few years to get the building blocks in place, so we like to work with companies from an early stage to help make sure that the things a potential buyer or investor will expect to see are already in place. This will maximise attractiveness at the point of sale or investment and reduce the risk of the buyer/investor finding something that kills the deal or reduces the price.
We have helped and guided numerous companies considering or seeking outside investment or selling a business (sometimes after a long relationship, sometimes at the point they are looking for a deal). We know and have dealt with most of the potential investors (trade and financial investors) and buyers in the TV industry.
We have worked with many independent TV and digital content production companies and their founders. We understand the issues which are specific to this business. You will benefit from this experience if you ask us to work with you – we know the pitfalls, the challenges and the opportunities. You will know what to expect and what to avoid – and how to secure and implement the right deal for you.
The primary focus of The Television Affairs Consultancy is to provide Business Affairs & Commercial Affairs advice relating to independent television production. However, we recognise that we live in a digital world where convergence is leading content creators and producers into unfamiliar territories where they face fresh new challenges. The lines of distinction with other forms of media and entertainment are becoming increasingly blurred which has triggered a need for specialist advice in other areas.
At Harbottle & Lewis we have been providing legal affairs advice to the media & entertainment industries for 60 years and we have specialists in all of the key sectors including film, interactive games, media finance, music, publishing, reputation management, social media, sponsorship, television and theatre.
There are many other legal services that our clients need from time to time which can also be provided by Harbottle & Lewis. The joint aim of Harbottle & Lewis and The Television Affairs Consultancy is to be the trusted advisers for content creators and producers and to support them in all of their business endeavours.