Media & Entertainment: Film & Television - UK-wide
What the team is known for
Superb digital media practice with additional strength in the fields of TV and film production, broadcasting and media finance. Acts for a roster of prestigious and startup digital content entities and music streaming services, and is able to draw on expertise from its international network. Works at the cutting edge of interactive entertainment and developments in social media.
Sources say: "They have deep subject area expertise, superb negotiating skills and a huge network of lawyers in other territories that they can tap into."
An interviewee reports: "Reed Smith provide a consistently excellent standard of service and quality of work, and are fast, efficient and effective."
Clients note how the team "keeps cool in difficult situations."
Advised MelodyVR on the rights clearance and performing agreements for their livestream concerts throughout the pandemic.
Gregor Pryor co-chairs the firm's media and entertainment industry group and works at the convergence of music rights, digital media and interactive content. He acts on behalf of talent as well as industry-side clients. "Greg Pryor is a great strategic thinker and has a very strong network of industry connections.""He has a very commercial view on things and is always prepared to make a recommendation."
Stephen Edwards' roster of clients includes major broadcasters, media trade associations and production companies. He is recognised for his work on commercial, regulatory and contentious music and audiovisual copyright issues. "Stephen Edwards gives clear and precise advice."
Michael Maxtone-Smith advises banks and investors on the financing of feature films and television series. He is a much sought-after expert in gap lending, multiparty financings and deals involving revolving lines of credit. "Michael Maxtone-Smith's documentation is written in such clear English, and he is commercially robust yet fair." "He is really clever and gets on with things."