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Media & Entertainment

Media & Entertainment

Service overview

Our media team, led by industry veteran Brian Eagles, have a reputation for making things happen with creative solutions and advising how to structure deals to best effect. We can also be called upon as executive producers if you have any requirement for business advice as well.

We are typically involved from the beginning to the end of a production’s journey, including development, pre-production, production, distribution and exploitation of the project. We handle all crew and talent agreements, work permits where necessary, insurance, publicity requirements and all intellectual property matters.

Our media and entertainment expertise covers film, television, theatre, music and publishing, and we also act for banks and financiers in relation to the financing of projects and in relation to carrying out your due diligence requirements.

Key contacts
Paramjit Sehmi
Partner, Head of Corporate
Brian Eagles
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Service highlights

We have considerable expertise in advising all creative people in all their legal needs in the media industry, including theatre, film, television, music and publishing.
We advise producers in relation to the acquisition of rights, development of projects, their financing requirements, and all writers and cast agreements for straight plays, musicals, ballets, and operatic productions. We have expertise in the transfer of productions from Broadway and European cities to the West End stage and the licensing of productions and rights to countries all over the world, including to Europe, China and South Korea. Our strategic guidance and planning of productions is a major feature of our advice and is well sought after.
We advise on the validity, clearance and the acquisition of rights for films and television programmes and series, and all agreements for the pre-production and production, financing and distribution of films and television programmes whether being shot in England or international productions.
Our work with people involved in the music industry includes management agreements, recording and music publishing agreements, advising upon the acquisition and licensing of rights, touring and financial agreements, dealing with disputes arising for and against managers and agents, the collection and distribution of royalties, defamation and copyright infringement.
We seek and negotiate merchandising agreements for private individuals and negotiate opportunities and conclude agreements if your business is seeking merchandising and franchising agreements.
Our head of media & entertainment, Brian Eagles, is an established arbitrator (ACIarb.) and CEDR qualified mediator and is regularly called upon to act as such. He is an arbitrator on many panels and one of the UK appointees to act in arbitrations under the auspices of the International Film and Television Alliance.
We advise in relation to all aspects of copyright, including its acquisition, assignment, licensing and dispute resolution. As and when required, we advise you on your IP position and undertake IP audits in order to control and maintain your valuable intellectual property rights, which are often form a significant and valuable element of your company.
We undertake the registration of UK and European trade marks and, through our worldwide connections and the wider Burlingtons Group, assist in registrations throughout the rest of the world.
We assist with all types of media project financing for individuals, businesses, banks and investors. We are called upon by banks considering liquidation or insolvency steps to ensure that the rights over which they have a charge are not lost by the actions they wish to take.
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