Overview

The media and entertainment sector is undergoing a period of rapid change and evolution as both consumers and media outlets embrace a broader range of distribution channels and ways of accessing content. The landscape continues to change as OFCOM regulations push more independent TV production outside London to other regions of the UK.

Our specialist media lawyers have vast experience in advising individuals, production companies, broadcasters, founders, investors and distributors in relation to all aspects of media and entertainment law. Our experience spans the full spectrum of the media and entertainment industry including TV, film, radio, music and live events clients. We can guide you through each stage from finance and development to exploitation and ownership of content.

A number of our lawyers have previously worked in-house for major broadcasters and, therefore, have an in-depth knowledge of the television industry inside and out. We also offer a fully-integrated service advising media businesses on all aspects of corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint venture agreements in the media and entertainment industry.

Hugh James represents a vast range of independent TV and film production companies across the UK, many of which produce primetime and award-winning content.

Our services to media and entertainment companies include:
 
  • Commissioning, production and co-production agreements in film and television
  • Film and television financing agreements
  • Television format deals
  • Licensing agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Live events
  • Talent agreements
  • General corporate advisory

 

Key contact

Aled is a Partner and head of the commercial team and TMT division. Aled was formerly the head of legal at one of the UK’s largest television broadcasters, where he handled the drafting and negotiation of extremely varied commercial contracts including significant, high-value rights contracts. He has advised on numerous commercial contracts and IP licensing arrangements within the manufacturing, media and gaming sectors. He has particular expertise in advising companies operating globally on multi-jurisdictional contracts.

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Aled Walters has significant credibility advising media and gaming clients across a wide range of IP and commercial matters. As well as regularly acting for Novomatic, Walters has recently handled numerous matters for gaming company, Amelco, including drafting and negotiating Amelco's licence of the IP for their betting platform to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

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Aled Walters has experience with regard to film finance and production agreements, and is also noted for his expertise in video game development. Clients remark on his "vision" and ability to discern "what is important and what’s not worth fighting for."

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