Industry Sector Insight
Views, market intelligence and trends in our industry sectors
In the world of football, one of this week's key announcements was that José Mourinho was named as Manchester United's new Manager. However, the official announcement of this appointment was delayed whilst concerns surrounding trade mark ownership were resolved...
27 May 2016
Employment status is a perennial issue for businesses in the UK, and one that seems only to be getting more complicated with the rise of the so-called "gig economy". The shift in our ways of working shows no sign of slowing, and it has also recently been suggested that unscrupulous employers might seek to utilise self-employment status as a way of avoiding paying the new national living wage.
27 May 2016
In 2013, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that there would be an 'in/out' referendum on UK's membership of the EU. That vote becomes a reality on Thursday 23 June and, while six months ago, commentators would have given the "Out" campaigners little chance of success, some polls are now giving "Out" a slender lead. Olswang examines some of the key potential outcomes of that result for media businesses operating in or from the UK...
26 May 2016
As the UK Government’s much debated referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union draws closer, many questions have been raised about the potential impact of a "Brexit". In this series of articles, Olswang considers some of the practical contingency planning that companies might consider at this time....
06 May 2016
Olswang recently hosted a discussion with industry experts from across the media, film, production and advertising sectors on the role that brands are playing in the financing and production of content. Whilst not a new concept, the LEGO movie to the Formula E "Leap Of Faith" demonstrates that brands are increasingly behind some of the most engaging content around...
28 April 2016
The EU's Digital Single Market ("DSM") initiative has been a major policy focus of the EU Commission installed in 2014. The DSM package aggregates a wide range of policy areas, including e-commerce, physical delivery services, copyright law, VAT, telecoms infrastructure, mobile roaming, data regulation and digital skills, with the aim of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth in the EU...
18 April 2016
Intellectual property and 'big data' are quickly becoming part of the broadcast landscape. What is 'big data', and how is it collected and managed? How will it deliver monetisation? Olswang Partner and Head of Digital Elle Todd recently joined Advanced Television for a panel discussion with top media practitioners from Beenius, 4C Insights, IBM and Tata to debate the key questions...
18 April 2016
Digital Single Market
A timeline detailing the Digital Single Market story so far...
15 April 2016
This week, Olswang and Regulus Partners co-hosted Sir Alan Budd, one of Britain’s foremost economists and the man who chaired the 2001 Gambling Review Body (whose report gave rise to the Gambling Act 2005). Sir Alan recounted his experiences from that time, explaining the processes, pitfalls and issues arising from the eventual legislation – and in so doing offering valuable lessons for any future review.
14 April 2016
The EU's Digital Single Market ("DSM") initiative has been a major policy focus of the EU Commission installed in 2014. The DSM package aggregates a wide range of policy areas, including e-commerce, physical delivery services, copyright law, VAT, telecoms infrastructure, mobile roaming, data regulation and digital skills, with the aim of increasing employment and stimulating economic growth in the EU. The DSM package is politically driven by EU politicians' need to demonstrate results of the European project to their increasingly sceptical citizens – hence the focus on populist benefits such as mobile roaming and content portability. However, the DSM package created controversy within the audiovisual content industry following various statements by senior EU Commissioners criticising geo-blocking...
06 April 2016
As Twitter's 10th birthday approaches this week, we have noticed a growing trend by businesses looking to register their most popular hashtags as trade marks.
23 March 2016
The European Commission’s proposals to develop a Digital Single Market (DSM) in Europe have given rise to some well-publicised concerns in the audio-visual sector. Whilst portability and a ban on geo-blocking may not cause the same level of concern for publishers, where the majority of digital content is downloaded rather than streamed, that doesn’t mean that the industry can ignore what is happening.
10 March 2016
Franchising can be the best way to expand your brand abroad, even if you don’t franchise in the UK. For Joel Vertes, head of franchising and licensing, the franchise model often offers the logical choice for players looking to broaden their horizons overseas...
This article was originally seen in ‘Future of Franchising’ published by Raconteur in The Times on 9th March. To view the full article, click here.
09 March 2016
The Horserace Betting Levy has been in existence for 55 years and for almost the last 20 years the Government and Racing have been talking about its abolition and what, if anything, should replace it. There is manifestly no obvious solution which is satisfactory to Government, Racing and the betting industry whilst also being compatible with EU law.
03 March 2016
For the uninitiated, eSports is the term used for organised, competitive computer gaming. Much like traditional sports, players (often in teams) battle each other virtually (as opposed to on the pitch) for large cash prizes. For Olswang, eSports sits at the intersection of many of our core areas of expertise, including sports, media, advertising, technology, video games and gambling. In this series of articles, specialists from the Olswang team explore some of the industry’s potentially lucrative revenue streams and most interesting opportunities - and look at the legal and commercial questions that are still to be answered...
02 March 2016