Media & Entertainment
In today’s connected, content-driven world, media & entertainment businesses face a continuous challenge to push the boundaries, create new opportunities, adapt swiftly to disruption and defend their rights.
Among the forces at play are the proliferation of distribution channels, the pervasiveness of social media, the demand for authenticity, the rise of streaming, and the fast pace of market change. In order to maximise value, protect brand and talent, and minimise risk, carefully planned commercial strategies, well-protected and fully exploited intellectual property rights, and water-tight contractual agreements are a necessity.
For us, the creative business is our business, and our team is top-ranked for its expertise in the media & entertainment space. We work with the biggest names in the business and innovative new entrants to the market, as well as the major brands who are looking to capitalise on emerging opportunities in this sphere. Our large, dedicated team – many of whom have worked within the industry– means we have a unique perspective, enabling us to deliver sound advice and develop practical solutions for our clients.
Optimising the value in your creative business - Joint IP seminar with Kingston Smith23 March 2017
The UK offers an almost unparalleled market in which to maximise the value of your offering. At this seminar, media accountants Kingston Smith and media lawyers Lewis Silkin will look at the range of opportunities that have been created to help businesses innovate and excel, from making the most of the tax reliefs available to getting the optimal value from your IP .
Lewis Silkin announces launch of LS Live seminars for live events industry23 March 2017
Top 100 UK law firm Lewis Silkin LLP has launched LS Live, a new seminar series which deals with legal issues in the live entertainment industry: from live music to theatre, experiential to sport, product launches to festivals, and exhibitions to one-off global events.
LS Live: Temporary workforce and volunteers21 March 2017
Getting employment status right is key in any business, but particularly in the Live! arena. Currently, the Government has initiated an inquiry into the future world of work with a specific focus on the status and rights of different types of worker – so this area of law could change quickly.
Nigel Dewar Gibb comments for Music & Copyright: Copyright issues in audio streaming stem from complicated digital royalty structures03 March 2017
Nigel Dewar Gibb has written an article for Music & Copyright, a fortnightly research service covering global copyright and legal issues affecting the music industry.
Gender pay gap reporting02 March 2017
The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the “Regulations”) require employers to report on the gender pay gap in their organisation.
Equal Pay02 March 2017
Equal pay law first developed in the UK in the 1970s after a campaign by trade unions and women’s groups. It is now a basic principle of European law that men and women who do equal work should receive equal pay. This principle is implemented in the UK today through the Equality Act 2010.
“(Section 55) Shades of Gray” - using the Data Protection Act to prevent employees misusing or taking data27 February 2017
A recent case has highlighted a potentially helpful mechanism in the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) for employers to use if they are concerned about employees taking data when they leave.
Supreme Court upholds spouse minimum income requirement22 February 2017
The Immigration Rules regulate immigration of non-Europeans into the UK. Under the Rules, a non-EEA spouse must earn £18,600 each year before being allowed to join their partner in the UK. The lawfulness of this “minimum income requirement” has been scrutinised and ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court, although with some criticism.