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Media: Media finance in London

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's finance expertise spans all media-related sectors, including film and television, music, theatre, publishing and video games. Reflective of practice head Abigail Payne's capabilities, the team provides advice on all aspects of film and television financing, production and distribution to a mixture of financiers, producers, content creators and rights-holders; it has a particular specialism in structuring and implementing EIS and SEIS finance. Local language productions expert Hannah Wylie joined in December 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Abigail Payne

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Berger; Hannah Wylie

Principaux clients

Marv Studios

all3media Group


Neal Street Productions


Punchdrunk Global Limited

Finstock Capital

Pixion Games

LA Media Fund

Secret Group

Jamie Hendry Productions

Gutsy Animations UK

Chris Young Films

Jovera Pictures

Rebellion Entertainment

Kindred Concepts Limited

Rainmaker Content

Entertainment Film Distributors

Greenacre Films

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Rebellion Entertainment Limited on the co-financing and co-production of an animated feature film adaptation of “Rogue Trooper”.
  • Advised Kindred Concepts Limited on their plans and series seed investment to launch F1 Arcade, a new immersive social entertainment venue concept incorporating F1 racing simulators.
  • Advised Marv Studios on banking and other financing arrangements for their latest feature film “Argylle” to be shown on Apple TV.

Reed Smith LLP

Drawing on its international reach, Reed Smith LLP has extensive experience across the full spectrum of media finance. Michael Maxtone-Smith is renowned for his involvement in film and television finance, where he advises major banks and other financiers on single production or distribution financings, revolving lines of credit and tax-structured transactions. Broadcasting expert Nick Swimer is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elle Todd; Stephen Sessa

Autres avocats clés:

Gregor Pryor; Michael Maxtone-Smith; Nick Swimer

Les références

‘I have worked with the Reed Smith team for almost a decade. I choose the team because in my view they are the best in the market for entertainment work. They have teams in the UK, US and elsewhere in the world. What I really like about the team at Reed Smith is that they have a deep knowledge of the sector and speak my language.’

‘Gregor Pryor is excellent. He speaks more plainly than other lawyers I have worked with. He’s direct, clever and the best negotiator I have worked with.’

‘The team has excellent lawyers with extensive industry experience. They are responsive and provide clear, commercially focused, pragmatic advice. They make themselves readily available at short notice and prioritise client needs. I would highly recommend the team.’

Wiggin LLP

With David Quli at the helm, Wiggin LLP is the first port of call to major US studios, the largest SVOD platforms, independent producers, financiers – including both banks and funds – and distributors across both the film and television sectors. The team also includes transactional expert Chris Hanson, who is adept in corporate and project finance as well as debt and equity structures, and Daniel Whybrew, a regular advisor on development loans for independent producers or multi-jurisdictional financings with tax credits.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Quli

Autres avocats clés:

Neil Gillard; Chris Hanson; Daniel Whybrew; Garth McDonald; Matt Shone

Les références

‘In all respects Wiggin outshines any law firm I’ve ever worked with and I have worked with a lot over my career in media. They are extraordinarily responsive, extremely clever in their thinking, spot on when assessing risk, very pragmatic in their approaches to problem solving and everyone I’ve met at the firm is simply delightful. They have a very deep back bench of talent so that when one individual might not be familiar with a another company, issue or other matter they can always find information internally which is to say they are very collaborative in all ways.’

‘Matt Shone is simply one the most organized, resourceful, calm, smart hard working and lovely people I’ve met. Matt understands all sides of a deal, which goes a long way to assist with swift and trouble free closings.’

‘Daniel Whybrew has never met a problem he can’t solve. He is extremely resourceful and knows how to get deals done. He delicately balances the requirements of the financial institution I work for as well as those of my clients. He is a truly expert negotiator and always approaches matters with a calm pragmatism that is appreciated by all sides. He doesn’t sweat the small stuff (unless it needs it) while he deftly handles the big stuff. Dan remains one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with.’

Principaux clients


Natixis Coficine


Anton Capital


Comerica Bank

MUFG Union Bank

Bank of Montreal

Aperture Media Partners



Access Entertainment

National Bank of Canada

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising IPR.VC – a Nordic private equity fund – on various equity investments in feature films “Civil War”, “Beau is Afraid” and “Humans”.
  • Representing Cofiloisirs on the financing of “Triangle of Sadness”, “Mrs Harris Goes to Paris”, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Ipcress Files”.

Bird & Bird LLP

International finance and financial regulation co-head Joss Hargrave takes the lead on much of Bird & Bird LLP‘s media finance work; he advises lenders and borrowers on transactions with a strong media angle, ranging from acquisition finance, real estate finance and sports finance. Senior associate Claire Barker is a finance specialist on the intersection of sports and media.

Autres avocats clés:

Joss Hargrave; Richard McMorris; Claire Barker

Principaux clients

Epic Games




Activision Blizzard

Palma Pictures

Warner Bros. Discovery




Aser Media

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for TuneIn in a complex copyright claim brought by Sony Music and Warner Music.
  • Advised Mobile Premier League on the acquisition of the Berlin-based GameDuell, including its international subsidiaries.
  • Advised Radiant on the acquisition of another outdoor media company.


CMS have a strong specialist film and TV production financing practice, which is a regular fixture on single picture finance deals. Rebekah Hayes advises producers and financiers on a range of issues, including co-production funding and access to appropriate subsidies and incentives, single picture and slate deal facilities and funds, and the production, distribution and exploitation of audio-visual content.

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Gaskell; Paul Guite

Autres avocats clés:

Rebekah Hayes

Principaux clients

Avia Games


BT Sport


Coutts & Co

Cutting Edge Group

Dentsu Aegis Network



Elisabeth Murdoch

FremantleMedia Group Limited

Global Radio

Immediate Media

ITV plc

Jeremy Clarkson

Kobalt Music

M&C Saatchi



News Corp

News UK and Ireland

Paramount Global




The Football Association Premier League Limited

UKTV Media Limited


Warner Music


Fieldfisher‘s media finance work includes complex film and television financing structures, where Tim Johnson – head of the firm’s broader media practice – is an essential contact, as well as international co-financing transactions and tax-structured leveraged finance transactions thanks to the respective expertise of Stephen Saltzman and corporate tax head Derek Hill. Also recommended for their capabilities in corporate finance are Carlton Durrant and Christine Phillips.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Johnson; Stephen Saltzman; Carlton Durrant; Christine Phillips; Derek Hill; David Bond

Les références

‘Knowledgeable, detailed and impeccable advice.’

‘Attentive, organised and available.’

‘Tim Johnson is an incredibly intelligent and talented individual.’

Principaux clients

Library Pictures International

Magnetar Capital

BBC Studios

Timeless Films

Legendary Pictures

Huayi Brothers International

Natixis Coficine


Getty Images

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp

See-Saw Films

Live Tech Games

The William Reed Group

Tortoise Media

Constantin Film

Max Film

Swift Media



The Match Factory

Nickelodeon, MTV and Paramount Pictures


ID Comms

LVMH Louis Vuitton

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers

Latham & Watkins

Lisbeth Savill heads up Latham & Watkins entertainment, sports and media team and is an expert in media finance; her work in this space includes the creation and financing of audio-visual content, licensing and other exploitation arrangements, funds and co-financing arrangements, as well as commercial advice on the financing of entertainment and media companies. Patrick Mitchell is a regular fixture on premium commercial transactions, while Farah O’Brien specialises in cross-border private M&A deals. Clients include film and television producers and distributors (including major studios), broadcasters, platforms and digital-first companies, financiers (debt and equity) and investment funds.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lisbeth Savill

Autres avocats clés:

Ian Felstead; Patrick Mitchell; Farah O’Brien; Sam Newhouse; Mike Turner; Rachael Astin; Stewart Robinson; Alastair Mackichan

Les références

‘On the various matters Sam Newhouse and Patrick Mitchell have undertaken for us, the work completed has been excellent.’

‘Sam Newhouse is excellent across the board.’

‘George Venables punches so far above his weight – it is beyond impressive.’

Principaux clients

Anonymous Content


Saudi Research and Media Group

Crossroads Live, Inc.


Eon Productions


Moonbug Entertainment Limited

Pinewood Studios




Warner Bros

Lee & Thompson LLP

Steered by television head Richard Lever and film head Christos Michaels, Lee & Thompson LLP regularly handles financing arrangements for a range of high-profile productions, as well as inbound studio investments. Key media finance specialists within the team include Sam Tatton-Brown – noted for his representation of major banks – and Stephen Spence, who routinely acts for both financiers and production companies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Lever; Christos Michaels

Autres avocats clés:

Sam Tatton-Brown; Stephen Spence

Principaux clients

Head Gear

Lorton Entertainment

Amy Jackson

National Bank of Canada

Lookout Point

Studio 99

Zephyr Films

Firebird Pictures

Cornerstone Pictures

Media Finance Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for producer, Amy Jackson on her Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning film, Aftersun.
  • Advising Studio 99 in connection with its production of a documentary series on the life of David Beckham.
  • Acted for Lorton Entertainment on the Apple TV backed two-feature length documentaries, “Boom! Boom: The World vs Boris Becker” about the tennis player and his life, handling the finance, distribution and key elements of the production.

Simkins LLP

Simkins LLP's wide-ranging media finance expertise covers the financing of film and television productions, the structuring and documentation of equity investments, and finance agreements including loan, security and inter-party arrangements. Practice head Jonathan Blair is a regular advisor to leading UK producers and production companies as well as international distributors and financiers. Managing partner Euan Lawson is also recommended; his recent work includes strategic investments and the financing of catalogue acquisitions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Blair

Autres avocats clés:

Euan Lawson; Astrid Bulmer

Les références

‘When our directors are in panic mode, Euan Lawson will respond with a calm and thoughtful clear view,  resolutely moving forward with constructive resolution.’

‘Euan Lawson is a highly intelligent and experienced commercial lawyer.’

‘To adapt the lyrics from the late great Tina Turner – Simkins are ‘Simply the best, Better than all the rest’.

Principaux clients

Coutts & Co

MBK Productions

Blue Jean Productions

Erebus Pictures

Milo The Cat

Raw Television

Rockerdale Studios

Universal Music Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising MBK Productions on the financing of One Life, the biographical film of British humanitarian, Nicholas Winton, starring Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn and Helena Bonham Carter.
  • Acting for MBK on the financing of The Convert, an action drama directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Guy Pearce and Te Kohe Tuhaka.
  • Advising Coutts & Co on the financing of various television programmes.

Preiskel & Co LLP

Under the leadership of Peter Dally and Hannah Leader, Preiskel & Co LLP specialises in the financing, production and exploitation of filmed content for feature films and television, as well as independent and studio-based distribution arrangements. The team, which also includes associate Maria Constantin, is a regular port of call for film and television producers and financiers, as well as distribution, sales and rights acquisition companies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Dally; Hannah Leader

Autres avocats clés:

Maria Constantin; Xavier Prida

Principaux clients

Buffalo Pictures Limited


Thomas Kubr

Holofcener Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advice to Buffalo Pictures on the production of all of its filmed content, including the second season of “Islands of the Pacific” and the tenth season of “Doc Martin”, among others.
  • Advised Dopamine in its capacity as financier on the high-end British three-part drama TV series “Granite Harbour” which was commissioned by the BBC, produced by LA Productions and distributed internationally by Eccho Rights AB.
  • Assisting Holofcener Limited with drafting an option and acquisition agreement, as well as dealing with various IP issues, for producers of the feature film about the life of famous female boat racer Betty Cook.