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12 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Wiggin LLP

We are the best in the business of media.

From Hollywood studios, through major TV production companies and record labels, to publishers, broadcasters and football clubs, we are closely engaged across the broadest spectrum of the media industry.

Our market-leading media specialists draw on many years of experience in the sector to assist media businesses in the financing, exploitation and protection of their content on all platforms.

Recognised in the legal directories as being in the top tier for media and entertainment work, we offer innovative and cutting edge solutions to the challenges faced by our media clients.

Chambers Review

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Media & Entertainment: Publishing - UK-wide
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What the team is known for

Dynamic media group practising at the forefront of the film and TV sector. Acts for independent producers, major studios and banks, with renowned strength in media finance and production. Also features a strong publishing offering, advising online and print media businesses on commercial matters and litigation. Strong grasp of emerging technologies and advice with regard to interactive media, gaming and e-sports.

Strengths

Sources state: "They procure advice from various different countries and present it in an easy-to-digest form that is accessible and very commercial."

A client comments: "They have a very broad view of the market, knowing what competitors are doing, which is super helpful for questions that we have."

Interviewees say that the team has "a proactive approach and provides practical solutions."

Work highlights

Advised Eleven Film on the production matters for Season 2 of the Netflix show Sex Education. This included negotiating the lease arrangements for filming locations and the cast, writer and director agreements.

Notable practitioners

Charles Moore serves as managing parter of the firm. He advises Hollywood studios, SVOD platforms, and UK and international producers on all stages of film, TV and video finance, production and distribution.
"He is an absolute leading figurehead of the industry. He has incredible commercial knowledge and is involved in determining regulations that shape the entire sector." "Charles steers the ship there and puts together a top-notch team."

Paul Gardner is head of the video games sector group at Wiggin. He is well known for his work advising games studios, publishers and other industry clients on all facets of product development, licensing, distribution and regulation.
"His advice is practical, excellent technically and always communicated clearly in a digestible manner." "He has a phenomenal depth of understanding and network of contacts; he's a bit of a guru in the games sector."

Sean James advises broadcasters on sales representation agreements, advertising, sponsorship and compliance with ASA, BCAP and Ofcom standards. He also advises on the launch of SVOD services.
"He is very knowledgeable and nice to deal with."

Jas Purewal is highly regarded for his expertise in the digital entertainment sector, advising games studios and publishers on the full span of commercial, IP and regulatory matters.
"He has a fantastic knowledge of the industry and puts in a lot of effort to understand and keep connected with his clients." "He is really proactive, very responsive and really easy to talk to."

David Quli advises financiers, producers and distributors on the full cycle of film, TV and audiovisual content production and delivery. He is best known for his financing expertise, including working on the funding and structuring of international co-productions.
"He is extremely effective and digs deep to ensure that his client's position is protected as much as possible." "He is calm, experienced and has good attention to detail."

Neil Gillard is highly recommended for his work on behalf of independent production companies in all stages of film and TV finance, production and distribution. He frequently advises on the cross-border licensing of popular TV productions and franchises.
"Neil Gillard is an exceptionally likeable person and extremely good at getting on with people."

Christopher Hanson works with studios and financial institutions on the funding of major film and TV projects in the UK and USA. He also advises on M&A deals in the sector.
"Christopher Hanson is very calm and diligent." "He is very smart."

Medwyn Jones advises on the full cycle of television finance, development and distribution. He is also often engaged on issues concerning the exploitation of secondary and ancillary rights, corporate transactions involving production companies, and sponsorship and broadcasting matters.
"Medwyn Jones moves at an amazing pace because he's got decades of experience. He can identify the critical issues and give fast responses on them and address them." "He is responsive, always clear and explains legal terms to lay people."

Caroline Kean is recommended for her litigation practice in publishing, which takes in copyright and contract disputes as well as advice on reporting restrictions and defamation risk. She is also an expert in data protection and freedom of information issues in media.
"Caroline Kean is smart, strong and extremely strategic." "She is commercially astute and has great clients."

Daniel Whybrew advises financiers, studios, SVODs and distributors on all aspects of the film and TV production and delivery cycle. He has particular experience structuring finance transactions and security arrangements.
"Daniel Whybrew is knowledgeable, diplomatic, understanding and solution-oriented." "Responsive, pragmatic and extremely experienced."

Alexander Ross leads the firm's commercial music department. He is recognised for his expertise in the licensing of music and content across all manner of media formats, with a particular focus on digital platforms.

Peter Lewin assists games companies, developers and distributors on a variety of issues, including publishing, development and partnership agreements.
"Peter Lewin is very business-oriented and responsive." "He is very enthusiastic about the industry and works very hard."

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Media & Entertainment: Film & Television

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Charles Moore
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David Quli
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Sean James
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Christopher Hanson
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Medwyn Jones
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Neil Gillard
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Daniel Whybrew
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Media & Entertainment: Gaming and Social Media

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Jas Purewal
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Paul Gardner
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Peter Lewin
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Media & Entertainment: Music: Non-contentious

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Alexander Ross
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Media & Entertainment: Publishing

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Caroline Kean
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