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Operations Division: The transactional and litigation activities of the Operations Division cover industrial and commercial activities and more generally clients’ operations (sourcing, sales, promotions, concessions and public procurement contracts) and the defence and optimisation of their immaterial assets.
Firm partner, Charles-Edouard Renault specialises in media, audiovisual and entertainment law, as both advisor and litigator and is thus continually at the forefront of new developments linked to technology in the production sector (website content, film restoration and digitalisation, VOD and SVOD etc.) as well as in communication crises (corporate or professional e-reputation protection, follow-up of online audio and video playback content). As one of the few French arbitrators at the International Film & Television Association (IFTA, Los Angeles) and at WIPO (Geneva) for Film & Media ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Charles-Edouard Renault is very active in entertainment litigation and film production disputes. He has extensive experience in assisting French motion picture companies and has been involved in the legal aspects of various international film productions, several of which were nominated for the International Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars and the Berlin International Film Festival. He is co-author of "From Script to Screen - The importance of Rights Documentation in the Distribution of Films" published in January 2012 by OMPI and also regularly publishes articles on legal topics in the French and international markets. He is an associate professor at Lyon University in media law and gives lectures at the Erich Pommer Institut GmbH für Medienrecht in Berlin, Vienna and Vilnius since 2006.
Charles-Edouard Renault was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996. International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA – Los Angeles) – Arbitrator; WIPO Media and Audiovisual Alternative Dispute Resolution (Geneva) – Arbitrator 2012; AFA (Association Française d'Arbitrage – French Arbitration Association); Association Française pour la Protection Internationale du Droit d'Auteur (French Group of ALAI - International Copyright Association); International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL).
Alumni of the Multimedia Institute, 2002; Master’s degree in Publishing Management (ESCP Europe Business School, 1994); Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (Paris-II University, 1992).
Media and entertainment
Within: Leading individuals
Charles-Edouard Renault - De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Within: Media and entertainment
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés advises several leading American movie studios and independent producers on the production and IP aspects of French and international films. The firm successfully represented Twentieth Century Fox in a dispute with Guy Delcourt Productions over the film Avatar’s alleged copyrights infringement of a 1980 comic series. Paramount and No Money Production are also clients. Other work includes advising French and American distributors and producers regarding the production and broadcasting of television series. Charles-Edouard Renault is the key name for television and cinema work. Louis de Gaulle, Serge Lederman and Frank Valentin are other names to note. The firm also has ‘top-quality expertise’ in sport events and ticketing. It is representing Paris 2024 Olympic with its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The practice also advises many national federations and UEFA. Jean-François Vilotte has a great network of contacts, while Rhadamès Killy has ‘perfect knowledge and understanding of issues at stake’. Thierry Granturco joined DS Avocats.
France: Intellectual property
Trade marks, designs and copyrights
Within: Trade marks, designs and copyrights
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has strong trade mark and copyright litigation expertise and is also involved in several design disputes in the clothing sector. Recent work includes successfully representing Twentieth Century Fox in a dispute with Guy Delcourt Productions for alleged copyright infringement in the movie Avatar of a comic series. IT is also handling a major case for a leading internet company. Château de Versailles, Colgate-Palmolive and Dreamworks Animation are also clients. Louis de Gaulle, Julien Horn, Frank Valentin, Charles-Edouard Renault and Serge Lederman are the key contacts.