“Harbottle & Lewis has a ‘long-standing reputation as a destination of choice for media and entertainment clients’.”

Chambers UK

Our dedicated television lawyers spend their working day responding to the hour-by-hour needs of clients operating in the ever-growing TV sector, ranging from large UK and US production companies and studios to independent producers, SVOD platforms, financiers and distributors. They advise on matters from the creation and development of content through to the production, finance and distribution of content across all medias and platforms. As well as producers, we frequently advise talent, presenters, rights holders and locations on their deals with production companies for TV projects.

We are particularly known for digital exploitation advice. With so many windows of exploitation now available to content producers, maximising revenues often means entering into numerous exploitation agreements and managing that process to avoid conflicts. It sounds obvious, but it can be incredibly complex and difficult to manage. We simplify the process by working closely with our clients to devise innovative deals for exploitation – including international exploitation – as well as monitoring complex exclusivity provisions across deals to ensure there are no clashes.

Another recognised strength is on the financing side where we act primarily for producers rather than lenders. Financing models are becoming increasingly complex but our exposure to them day in, day out means we can very quickly translate and simplify these for our clients.

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