SM&B’s lawyers provide up-to-date and practical advice, to individuals and companies, on a growing range and complexity of media agreements.
The music team advises artists, song-writers and producers on all aspects of their careers – from an artist’s first recording agreement to publishing arrangements and major endorsement agreements. SM&B has extensive experience in advising industry executives on their executive package and are well known for their work on behalf of record labels, music publishers, agents, managers and international music companies on their commercial and corporate activities.
The film and television team deal with all aspects of production, finance, broadcasting and distribution, and also provide all related corporate advice. They have significant experience liaising with Ofcom in applying for licences for broadcast, ongoing regulatory governance, and advising clients on their regulatory obligations generally. SM&B have acted for clients ranging from some of the UK's leading production companies to broadcasters, financiers, distributors and talent, as well as a number of major international corporations.
SM&B’s publishing practice focuses on meeting clients’ commercial needs whether in litigation or for their contractual and commercial needs. They provide clear and accurate business-focused advice to publishers in all media, from online platforms to national newspapers and leading independent and major book publishing groups.