Media

We are the leading Media team in Wales, working across the UK and are closely connected to the industry through board membership on industry bodies.

We regularly attend international television markets such as MIP COM and MIP TV. Our specialist knowledge and key industry contacts enable productions to be ‘green lit’ and rights to be properly protected.

We have considerable experience of digital transmission arrangements with digital terrestrial multiplex operators, Sky, Freesat, Freeview and emerging new platforms and we advise on all aspects of developing, funding, commissioning, and exploiting content.

 

We cover all services in relation to:

  • We represent a number of software development companies, developing games, apps and music.

    We deliver an on-demand service and provide assistance in the following areas:

    • drafting terms and conditions of business to business relationships
    • drafting Terms of Use and customer terms and conditions
    • advising in respect of IPR ownership, copyrights, trademarks and patents
    • software licensing agreements and service level agreements
    • digital online rights advice, including music licensing agreements
    • video on demand
    • social media compliance platforms.

     

  • We represent a broad range of individuals and corporate clients in the music industry in a range of matters. These include:

    • representing musicians on band, management and recording agreements
    • representing international artists on publishing agreements and tax efficient structures
    • providing music publishing agreements for composers and writers
    • negotiating and concluding licence agreements for use of music in films, television programmes, corporate videos and commercials
    • broad representation on music industry boards
    • delivering workshops, seminars and training sessions to music managers and practitioners.

     

  • Publishing, in its many forms, requires comprehensive agreements; we represent a range of authors in relation to the rights in their work.

    Our experience includes:

    • representing authors of fictional works novels whose work are published
    • concluding option agreements and rights assignments on behalf of authors/producers
      for film/television adaptations
    • acting for authors of educational textbooks and journals
    • undertaking negative checking and securing chain of title
    • representing clients on contentious matters, including copyright infringement, libel claims, data protection, and infringement of moral rights.

     

  • We are proud to be leading advisers to high profile clubs, Cardiff City Football Club and Cardiff Blues Rugby Club, in addition to having advised on a range of different sports on various matters.

    Each department in the firm has acted on behalf of sports clubs or professional players and broadcasters in recent years.

    Our experience includes advising on:

    • broadcasting rights agreements
    • player agreements
    • disciplinary matters
    • image rights exploitation
    • governance/regulatory matters
    • sponsorship and merchandising arrangements
    • sports grounds development.

    For more information about our other Sports work, please see here.


     

  • We have considerable experience working alongside the film and television industry, with several members of our team coming from in-house broadcasting backgrounds.

    We can provide advice and assistance with:

    • general production legislation
    • provision of template agreements for use in television programme production
    • representation during negotiations
    • commissioning, co-production and distribution agreements
    • training and seminars on relevant industry matters – product placement, data protection, and broadcasting compliance.

     

Our other services include:

  • film and television financing agreements
  • coproduction and distribution
  • broadcast compliance with Ofcom and BBC Codes
  • talent union negotiations and representation
  • games development and publishing
  • transmission infrastructure including carriage, capacity and electronic programme guide
  • arrangements on DTT, satellite and cable
  • music publishing, licensing and commissioning agreements
  • book publishing
  • app and website development, commissioning and publishing.

The leading lawyers in the team are:

Wayne Beynon, Elin Pinnell, Nicola Mead-Batten, Fiona Peet