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Reed Smith LLP

Media & Entertainment

4 ranked lawyersBand 3UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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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 start-up 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.

Strengths

One client says: "They are responsive, commercially minded, and go above and beyond to provide the things that you're after."

Another reports: "It's really a pleasure to work with them. They really break things down for us and explain the actual implications for our business. The quality of advice that we receive is unrivalled."

A client adds: "They truly understand this industry inside and out and can give honest and helpful advice across the board."

Notable practitioners

Gregor Pryor leads 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.
"Gregor is very practical and super knowledgeable. We rely on him for his strategic advice." "He's an experienced commercial lawyer with a pragmatic approach to problem solving." "He's a real market leader in this space."

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.
"He's an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge of media law is incredible and he's really well respected in this field.""He's got a great knowledge of the industry."

Stephen Edwards 's 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.
"He's incredibly experienced, and so helpful and knowledgeable. He can give context to any problem, which is very valuable."

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UK-wide

Media & Entertainment: Film & Television


Michael Maxtone-Smith
Band 2
Stephen Edwards
Band 2

Media & Entertainment: Gaming, Social Media & Interactive Content


Gregor Pryor
Band 1

Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-contentious


Gregor Pryor
Band 3