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.
You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
Shipwrecking online pirates: we can’t wait for a change in the wind, we need to adjust their sails to force a change of course20 April 2022
As life begins to return to some sort of normality after the huge disruption caused by COVID, we have been reflecting on how the swift imposition of lockdowns and other restrictions escalated what was likely to be a greater shift to the consumption of digital entertainment content via the internet and streaming services; both the legitimate and illegal kinds.
Online Safety Bill introduced in Parliament: Geraint Lloyd-Taylor comments for Computer Weekly17 March 2022
The UK government has brought its long-awaited Online Safety Bill (OSB) before Parliament, introducing new criminal sanctions for tech company executives and senior managers alongside further criminal offences.
Nick Allan comments for the BBC: Wordle code could be copied to play for seven years03 February 2022
The code that powers the website of the viral puzzle game Wordle can be copied and saved to continue playing it for the next seven years, it has been revealed.
UK Online Safety Bill a "missed opportunity", MPs claim: Geraint comments for ITPro25 January 2022
A DCMS report says the "unclear" draft legislation doesn't do enough to tackle child abuse and violence against women and girls.
Lewis Silkin levels up games practice with new legal director20 October 2021
LONDON – Lewis Silkin today announces the appointment of Nick Allan as a legal director to lead the firm’s growing practice in interactive entertainment.
Lewis Silkin receives tier 1 ranking in Legal 500 UK 2022 for Employment, M&A and Media and Entertainment01 October 2021
Lewis Silkin continues to receive strong recognition in the latest Legal 500 UK guide released yesterday, earning 67 individual lawyer and practice rankings – of which 7 are top tier practice rankings, 3 were new entries and 7 were improvements on last year.
On-demand programme services – who is now subject to Ofcom’s ODPS Rules?15 September 2021
On-demand programme services (ODPS) have been regulated for many years now, but since November 2020 the definition of an ODPS has been significantly extended. Guidance issued by Ofcom in September 2021 clarifies who has to notify, and who, therefore, will be regulated as an ODPS. No longer is it just “TV-like” services that are regulated.