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

Chambers UK, 2016

Our dedicated television lawyers spend their working day responding to the hour-by-hour needs of clients ranging from large UK and US production companies and studios to independent producers, broadcasters, 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.

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 the 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.

Copyright and rights advice generally is also an area where we regularly assist our clients. Too often issues are ignored and looked at purely from a business perspective and not necessarily the legal side – the advice we provide is always commercially focused but also ensures that our clients are legally protected and not left exposed.

As well as producers, we frequently advise talent, rights holders and locations on their deals with production companies for film and TV projects. This generally involves drafting and negotiating the terms of their commercial agreements but often involves reputation management, IP and brand advice.