Boutique firm Crossen & Borowsky has a strong focus on international coproduction and financing in television and film. With an in-depth understanding of the US market, the team is often involved in cross-border negotiations and the drafting of international documentation. Raechel Crossen and Sophie Borowsky both have over 30 years of experience in cinema law. Stand-out work includes advising Warner Bros Entertainment on the negotiation and drafting of the distribution agreement, security documentation, and chain of title review for the release of a film based on the book ‘Le Petit Nicolas’.
Media and entertainment: Cinema in France
Crossen & Borowsky
Sony Pictures International Productions
Warner Bros Entertainment France
Luminous Arts Ltd.
Lunima International Ltd.
Space Age Films Ltd.
El Paso Production
- Advising NBC Universal in connection with various issues of international private law raised in an option agreement entered into between a US company and a French author subject to California law.
- Assisting Warner Bros Entertainment with the negotiation and drafting of the distribution agreement, security documentation and chain of title review of a film based on the famous book series ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ by Jean-Jacques Sempé.
- Assisted Warner Bros Entertainment France in relation to competing securities and demands for payment regarding a film distributed the client.
The ‘proactive, very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés handles traditional work for major industry players, but also assists VOD and SVOD providers with their legal matters. Charles Edouard-Renault is an arbitrator for the International Film and Television Association and WIPA for alternative dispute resolution in film and media. Julien Horn has a particular strength in intellectual property litigation. Philippe Moncorps is an expert in audiovisual transformations such as content production and protection. With expertise in intellectual property and commercial law, Louis De Gaulle is another key name.
‘This team is proactive, very responsive and knowledgeable.’
‘I would give a special mention to Charles-Edouard Renault.’
ASO-Amaury Sport organization
JP MORGAN CHASE
No Money Production
Twentieth Century Fox
Warner Bros. (US)
Working Title Films
Taylor Wessing‘s cross-disciplinary media practice enjoys a very good reputation for advising French and international feature and television films on the production and financing of audiovisual content. Handling contract negotiations for production companies, the firm also negotiates loan-out agreements and escrow agreements for high-profile actors. The firm also advises start-ups, for example the first online SVoD cinema platform whom it assisted with the legal aspects of its launch. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux has particular expertise in copyright law. On the contentious side, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux handles disputes for clients in the audiovisual space. With extensive experience in international film financing, Christian Valsamidis is considered a specialist in international co-production and distribution.
DTMV & Associés
Specialising in intellectual property, DTMV & Associés is known for its expertise in litigation and copyright law related to film production, acting for some of the most important French and international film studios. Eléonore Gaspar handles IP disputes and non-contentious matters such as clearance, agreements and customs. Julien Grosslerner‘s 15 years of in-house experience at NBCUniversal makes him an asset to the team.
Seattle Avocats' practice is led by François Ronget, who has a deep insight into the cinema industry due to his in-house experience in a production company, in particular in film financing. The team frequently assists authors with audiovisual adaptation contracts, namely advising Amadou Mariko and Isabelle Sarfati in this respect, but also demonstrates strength in contentious matters.
THE MEDIA COMPANY
PRET A TOURNER
Founded in 2017, Spring Legal is retained by clients in the entertainment business for its dual competence in litigation and advisory matters. With 30 years of experience practicing entertainment law, founder Karine Riahi is solicited for her expertise in the area by a diverse range of stakeholders in the industry such as artists, studios, film production companies, and banking and financing institutions. Julien Brunet has a postgraduate degree in entertainment law from a US university, making him a very good choice for cross-border matters involving the US.
Other key lawyers:
‘Spring Legal is a very responsive firm with perfect knowledge of intellectual property and the audiovisual and film industry.’
‘Spring Legal is extremely adaptable and creative.’
‘The individuals within the firm complement each other. The firm is multidisciplinary and adapts perfectly to our needs.’
‘There are very few law firms specialised in our field. Spring Legal is the only one to combine all the skills that we need.’
‘Spring Legal is much more than a simple law firm, it is a very reactive team with a great knowledge of the media microcosm.’
‘With a business approach, it is a relationship that goes beyond the simple legal service. They are essential assets that accompany us in the development of our companies which creates long-term relationships.’
‘From the client’s point of view, it is appreciable to have partners who are involved. Each of them has a keen sense of guidance, humanity, and a global vision of the processes.’
‘Each individual, especially Karine Riahi, is very loyal, and works hard to get the best result for their clients. The team is very professional.’
COMME DES CINEMAS
STUDIO LA CACHETTE
LES FILMS DU LEZARD
FAB LAB CHANNEL
SOLIDANIM/ AUTRE HISTOIRE
- Assisting Pressman Films with the international co-production for the development and production of ‘Catch & Kill’, a Brian de Palma long-feature film.
- Representing Cofiloirsirs, a lending institution specialised in the film industry, in legal proceedings.
- Advised Studio La Cachette on its negotiation with Netflix US for the production of an animated TV series.