Our Practice

Our international Media & Entertainment team forms part of our wider TMT industry sector group; one of four specialist sectors of focus for the firm. This strong sector focus means that our lawyers maintain a close knowledge of the current issues and developments in the media world. This level of focus and understanding is a clear benefit to our clients, enabling us to provide them with real added value when advising on any media or broadcasting related issues.

The group is made up of specialised lawyers who advise on a wide range of corporate, contentious and non-contentious, commercial, and regulatory issues. Proven experts in the sector, our clients include some of the industry-leading media and broadcasting companies; ranging from newspaper and publishing houses to TV and radio broadcasters, international and domestic media enterprises to film and TV production companies.


Our media experience includes:

  • advising NBC Universal on its acquisition of Monkey Kingdom, a leading independent television producer. Titles produced by Monkey include The Charlotte Church Show, Comedy Roasts, The Secret World of Sam King and My Kind of Town
  • assisting Fox Entertainment to protect properties such as THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, GLEE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Work for Fox has included trade marks, designs, copyright and passing off
  • since 1999 we have advised Virgin Media on a wide variety of matters including set top box and other infrastructure acquisition contracts, interactive television and online content acquisition deals, technology licensing and maintenance and several large scale outsourcings
  • advising IDS (the advertising division of Virgin Media) on standard form contracts for the sale of broadcast advertising as well as programme sponsorship deals. This work included advising on the drafting and negotiation of terms with a number of advertisers and agencies
  • continuing to assist MGM and Danjaq LLC with a range of IP disputes in the UK and France, helping to protect ROCKY, JAMES BOND, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and the PINK PANTHER (amongst others)
  • advising Dentsu (the Japanese advertising agency) with its commercial and corporate needs across Europe including the establishment, buy-out and restructuring of a number of joint ventures. Our work has also included assisting with agency affiliation arrangements and master agreements for key accounts
  • advising Japanese content and technical services company Broadmedia on a high profile project which involved it licensing a suite of digital cinema technology from Arts Alliance Media (and procuring related implementation and support services) and distributing that technology to its customers in Japan. This deal is a key strategic partnership for both sides as it involves Broadmedia being appointed as Arts Alliance Media's exclusive distributor within Japan
  • advising HMV Group on their joint venture with MAMA Group, the UK’s second largest multiple live music venue operator, and on the associated fundraising
  • advising Onlive a new, online games service provider - their service will enable people to play console standard games online without the need for a console on their proposed UK activities including data protection compliance, IP and environmental advice
  • advising Scripps Networks Interactive in relation to the provision of advertising and online competitions on its websites targeted at a UK audience. We also advised Scripps on an advertiser and publisher agreement with Microsoft Online for the provision of online advertisement campaign management and optimization services to various Scripps websites
  • advising HMV and Waterstone’s on a software copyright dispute
  • advising TiVo Inc (the biggest US brand in digital television) on European distribution deals with Spanish cable operator ONO and Scandinavian satellite operator Canal Digital
  • advising Lebedev Holdings acquisition of its 75.1% majority shareholding in The Evening Standard newspaper from the Daily Mail and General Trust plc.