Olswang LLP, Europe's leading media, technology and communications law firm, has advised Shine Group on its recent move into the children's market through a joint venture with Andrew Davenport, creator of the popular BBC series, "In the Night Garden", and co-creator of "Teletubbies".
Over the past 18 months, Olswang has helped Shine Group diversify its business portfolio with the acquisition of the social gaming specialist Bossa Studios and on-line broadcaster ChannelFlip.
Shine CEO and Chairman Elisabeth Murdoch said: "Andy is the visionary behind two of the world's most innovative and successful pre-school properties. Partnering with him brings opportunities to create truly multi-platform children's brands whose full ambitions can be realized by working closely with our ancillary and distribution teams
Corporate Partner Paul Guite, who led the Olswang team comments: "Over the past five years we have seen Shine Group grow at an incredible pace. We are delighted to be a part of their development of new ventures in the media space and look forward to seeing the groundbreaking content this partnership will bring to the sector."
The Olswang team was led by Corporate Partner Paul Guite and assisted by Georgina Ball and Iona Millership (Corporate), Mark Joscelyne and Matthew Wentworth-May (Tax) and Victoria Gaskell (MCT).
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Olswang LLP is one of Europe's leading law firms in the areas of technology, media, telecommunications and real estate. The firm comprises of nearly 700 people including 100 partners, across seven European offices. Olswang is part of a 'best friends' network of leading independent law firms throughout the world.
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About Shine Group
Shine Group includes some of the most respected and prolific production companies in the worlds of scripted and non-scripted television responsible some of the world's best known and loved programmes. Shine Group companies include award-winning genre specialists such as UK-based Dragonfly (factual), Kudos (drama), and Princess Productions (entertainment) along with award-winning multi-genre producers Shine TV, Metronome Film & Television, the Nordic region's pre-eminent production group and the recently re-branded Shine America. Shine International, the group's international distribution arm is responsible for the distribution of over 3000 hours of broadcast content annually. In the last two years the group has successfully established international companies Shine Germany, Shine France and Shine Australia and Shine Iberia. The group has recently enhanced its digital and direct to consumer credentials with the additions of social gaming specialists Bossa Studios and market-leading online broadcaster and original content producers, ChannelFlip.