An industry in transition: A craft with a future
Legal advice in the film, radio and television industries has been shaped in recent years by major changes in viewing and listening habits. Linear television has lost its importance. Media libraries, streaming and new exploitation platforms have long since become the standard. Funding structures are being reformed, cross-media formats and playout channels are overlapping with other industries, AI is making its way into filmmaking. We support you in the exciting challenge of not losing sight of quality assurance and craftsmanship standards in all of this.
In the film sector, we advise and represent you comprehensively in all relevant areas from development and production to exploitation. In addition to aspects of contract law, company law and copyright law, we also take into account insolvency law and tax law aspects. In the latter area, we work with specialised cooperation partners.
We are also happy to accompany your entire project, starting with financing and funding, drafting contracts and negotiating international co-productions, rights clearing and purchasing formats or scripts, right through to employment contracts with the various parties involved in the production process. For the exploitation phase, we draw up customised distribution, licensing or merchandising contracts.
Radio and television
The broadcasting sector is characterised by national and European media regulation. The German regulations of the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty and the state media laws have recently undergone various changes against the background of the expansion of offerings to the internet and mobile applications. In addition to advising on day-to-day business on questions of licensing, frequency allocation, advertising, protection of minors and contract drafting, we are also available to provide expert opinions on the specifics of broadcasting law.
Services for productions and filmmakers
- Option and filming contracts
- Financing and security agreements
- Co-production and service production contracts
- Director and actor contracts
- Contracts with filmmakers
- Advice on film labour law
- Filming permits
- (Music) Rights Clearance
- Licensing, distribution and sales contracts
Services in broadcasting law
- Advice and representation in licensing procedures under (state) media laws.
- Advice on contractual arrangements for product placement.
- Expert examination with regard to advertising, protection of minors and financial control.