Our Film Team is pre-eminent among practices of its kind in Europe and consistently ranked in the top tier for its areas of expertise by legal directories.
Our international offices advise many of the most important and influential players in this global industry, from the major US Studios to European producers, distributors and financiers and we are proud to have contributed to the success of some of the highest-profile film and television projects of the last few years.
We have unrivalled experience in structuring multiparty financing deals and are perfectly placed to advise on international co-productions, from blockbusters to smaller independent productions, as well as on television content from one-off specials to long-running series.
We also have a dedicated unit of lawyers that focus on providing expert advice on development and production agreements and can help our clients navigate international talent union issues, including advising on the application of SAG Global Rule 1 and the terms of British Equity and the DGA. Our in-house production co-ordinators can also assist producers with matters such as clearances, below-the-line agreements and delivery issues.
Our expertise in sales and distribution, meanwhile, goes beyond a deep understanding of standard deals in this area. Our knowledge of digital media and convergence means we are familiar with the latest technologies that are redefining the way content providers engage and interact with their audience and customers, and the business models and legal principles that underpin these arrangements.
Together with experts from throughout the firm, the Team can also advise on the full range of other issues that film clients encounter, from tax, intellectual property, merchandising, product placement and regulatory to dispute resolution.
Moreover, our Film Team is at the forefront of wider industry developments. Through our lawyers' involvement in key groups, film boards and councils, Olswang has helped set the agenda on many major developments in the sector, including both the UK and German Government's consultations on changes to film tax incentives. Over the last decade Olswang has also been involved in a significant proportion of the sales and acquisitions which have shaped the European independent TV production landscape and has been recognised by Content Economics Research as the leading legal adviser to the UK independent production sector.
This immersion in the media and entertainment industries keeps our team on top of the commercial and practical realities that our clients face and in touch with all the key players that shape the marketplace.
Film was one of the founding practices of Olswang. We believe the expertise and service the Film Team can offer its clients remains unrivalled.