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Abigail Payne

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

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Film and TV.

Position

Partner in the Film and TV Group providing advice on all aspects of development, finance, production and distribution of feature films and television programmes and exploitation of ancillary rights. Particular expertise is in advising film funds, EIS schemes and structuring international co-productions and providing advice on tax incentives (including the film and high-end TV and animation production tax credits), and international subsidies for a wide international client base of producers, distributors, broadcasters, exhibitors, agents, insurance companies and artists.

Career

Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1995; business affairs executive BBC (Drama) 1995-97; associate Harbottle & Lewis 1997-2002; partner 2002.

Languages

French, German.

Member

BAFTA; New Producers Alliance; Women in Film & Television.

Education

Bath University (BA European Studies with French and German Hons); Nottingham Trent University (CPE; LSF).

Leisure

Polo, tennis, skiing, yoga.


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Abigail Payne (Media Finance) - Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is active across publishing, music, film and TV, theatre, gaming and digital media mandates. It also boasts strong media financing capabilities. Mark Phillips is experienced in video gaming and co-heads the interactive entertainment team with Alan Moss, who specialises in the financing of video games; he regularly advises leading publishers, financiers and developers, and also handles commercial and IP related matters. Clients in this space include Microsoft, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, Square Enix, Cloud Imperium Games and The Pokémon Company International. Abigail Payne is active across film and television development, production, financing and distribution, and heads the media finance team, which includes Charles Lévêque and associate Katrien Roos. TV and film department head Jonathan Berger acts for a number of Hollywood studios, broadcasters, major independent producers, distributors and financiers and advised Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), alongside Moss, as production and financing counsel on the independent feature film Juliet, Naked. Sarah Lazarides  regularly acts as production counsel on films and television programmes, and Peter Armstrong acts for major US studios on film and television matters. Associates Harriet Stone, Louis Huglin and Clare Zucker are also key members of the TV and film department. Chloe Forsyth heads the music team, which includes consultant George Babbington, and continues to act for James Ford on his producer arrangements with artists. Theatre team head Neil Adleman is advising the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on its transfer to Broadway and Australia; and advised the producers of Young Frankenstein on rights, corporate and contractual issues. Shireen Peermohamed leads the publishing practice, which includes senior associate Alex Hardy, and acts for clients such as Hachette UK Publishing Group, Bloomsbury, Egmont and The Publishers Association. Recently promoted partner Michael Lister specialises in eSports and Kostyantyn Lobov, who handles IP and advertising issues affecting clients in the games industry, has been promoted to senior associate. Sacha Wilson joined in 2018 from Bristows LLP. Rebecca Collard has moved to an in-house role.

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