Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Media and entertainment: Television/radio in France

Crossen & Borowsky

Specialising in media, entertainment, IP and IT, boutique firm Crossen & Borowsky showcases strong cross-border capabilities, assisting clients on the full gamut of entertainment transactions, from project development and financing to international distribution, in addition to litigation and pre-litigation. Illustrious clients include Apple USA and MGM International Television Productions, among others. The team is jointly led by industry veterans Raechel Crossen and Sophie Borowsky, who are 'experienced and provide practical advice'. Recent work highlights include advising production company A24 on two high-profile television projects, as well as assisting Apple TV with compliance issues in the French market.

Practice head(s):

Raechel Crossen; Sophie Borowsky


‘Broad film and television expertise. The team are incredibly responsive, clear and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Raechel Crossen and Sophie Borowsky are my go-to French counsel for film and TV work. Both are very experienced and provide practical advice.’

‘Sophie Borowsky has an excellent grasp on finance matters and always provides a first-class service to clients.’

Key clients

Apple USA

MGM International Television Productions


Shaftesbury Development Inc.

Annapurna Interactive

Asacha Media Group

Humanoids Inc.

Nordin Agency

AMC Studios

Universal Studio Group

Quantic Dream


Legendary Entertainment

Bank of Montreal

Satisfaction The Television Agency

Morgane Productions


Work highlights

  • Advised A24, a U.S. based production company, in relation to two international productions shot in France in English and French.
  • Advised Apple TV+’s as to its music legal and licensing guidelines and policies in relation to local French productions.
  • Aided Quantic Dream, French leading actor in the videogames industry, as to the production of a videogame which is an adaptation of the famous film “Star Wars”.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés offers a wide range of expertise across the media and entertainment arena. Areas of focus include broadcasting rights and regulations, project financing, sector-specific tax incentives, studio restructurings and litigation. Catering to globally-recognised clients such as HBO and DreamWorks Animation, the firm has a balanced advisory and litigation practice, with notable cross-border capabilities. Louis de Gaulle and IP specialist Julien Horn lead the team alongside Charles-Edouard Renault, who is one of the few French arbiters for the International Film & Television Association and is highly-regarded for his work in entertainment litigation, and Philippe Moncorps, who specialises in audiovisual transformations.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gaulle; Julien Horn; Charles-Edouard Renault; Philippe Moncorps

Key clients


247 Films

ASO-Amaury Sport organization

DreamWorks Animation





No Money Production



Twentieth Century Fox


Warner Bros. Discovery


Pechenard & Associés

Housing a specialist team, Pechenard & Associés is well-equipped to take on complex and high-stakes cases. With notable experience in defamation, privacy law, press law and litigation, the practice maintains an impressive track record of court victories and represents some of the leading players in the television and radio sector, such as France Télévisions, AFP and TV5. Media law specialist Eric Andrieu stands at the helm and is supported by Caroline Mas.

Practice head(s):

Eric Andrieu

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Mas


‘A very responsive and attentive team.’

‘Eric Andrieu and Caroline Mas form a complementary duo.’

Key clients

France Télévisions

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

TV5 Monde

Work highlights

  • Assisted France Télévisions on a case initiated by several protagonists involved in the famous French criminal Villemin.
  • Advised France Télévisions on a case initiated by a town councilor who claims that the comments made on a France Télévisions program were an attack on her reputation.
  • Assisted France Télévisions on a case initiated by a producer of bananas in Guadeloupe for public defamation and discriminatory defamation.

Taylor Wessing

A dominant force in the entertainment sphere, Taylor Wessing handles the full range of media services, from IP assets to the financing and development of creative projects. With a large international network at its disposal, the firm is well-positioned to advise both national and international clients, including producers, distributors, institutional and financial organisations, in addition to directors and artists. The group is led by a quartet of specialists; Christian Valsamidis commands in-depth expertise of IP and banking matters in the entertainment industry, whilst Benoît Goulesque-Monaux focuses on media disputes. Other key contacts in the group include Claire Saint-Laurent and Marc Schuler.

Practice head(s):

Christian Valsamidis; Claire Saint-Laurent; Benoit Goulesque-Monaux; Marc Schuler

Key clients

Chapter 2


L’Oréal Mugler

Animaj SAS

Studios D-Mondes (Group D 2j In Reunion Island)


Autopilot / Film Invaders

Mandarin Television

Films Sous Influence / Yvan Attal


Fortiche Production / Animation Series “Arcane»

Mely Production / Mélanie Laurent

Sophie Barthes – Aden Film


N9NE Studio



Banijay France




Work highlights

  • Assisted on the co-production between Fargo, Pathé and Chapter 2 and management of the contracts between these companies, the scriptwriters.

Wilhelm & Associés

Wilhelm & Associés takes an interdisciplinary approach to advise an impressive roster of clients that includes Groupe Canal+, Banijay, Groupe Telfrance, Diversité TV (Numéro 23), Betclic and Radio France. With strong capabilities in rights acquisition, disputes, advertising and compliancy issues, the firm is also developing innovative approaches to the online gaming market. Pascal Wilhelm leads the team and enjoys a strong reputation in the media and entertainment arena, while Emilie Dumur specialises in disputes and IP mandates.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Wilhelm

Other key lawyers:

Emilie Dumur


‘Responsiveness, rigour of reasoning and practical sense of consultations and recommendations. The practical orientation of Wilhelm’s interventions makes it a trusted partner.’

‘Pascal Wilhelm’s opinion is valuable. Pascal has real legal and economic knowledge of the market and this industry.’

‘Emilie Dumur is a valuable ally.’

Key clients


Groupe Canal +



B Smart TV

Unique Heritage Presse

Work highlights

  • Advised Vivendi on its acquisition of Lagardère before the European Commission.
  • Advised Groupe Canal+ on its action against the TF1 Group for anti-competitive and competition restrictive practices.
  • Assisted Unique Heritage Presse, regarding Reworld Media Magazines’ action, arguing they have committed acts of unfair competition by poaching employees.

Deprez Guignot Associés

With considerable experience in litigation, Deprez Guignot Associés is noted for its expertise in the television sector, and acts as a trusted adviser to French TV channel MG, where the team oversees all matters, from daily due diligence to strategic mergers. The group also provides counsel to a number of communication agencies and major radio stations. Based in Paris, Pierre Deprez jointly leads the team alongside Frédéric Dumont, who advises both French and international clients in the media sector. Aurelie Bregou is another name of note.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Deprez; Frédéric Dumont

Other key lawyers:

Aurelie Bregou

Key clients






Work highlights

  • Advised the Groupe M6 on the strategic merger project between TF1 and M6.
  • Assisted M6 before the French national competition authority and other courts.
  • Advised the production company Memento, which produced the documentary “Air Cocaine”.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. represents leading corporations, agencies and artists in the media sector. The team is developing innovative approaches to French and EU regulations, as well as advising clients on contractual practices. Copyright is another key area of expertise. The practice is led by Julien Guinot-Deléry, who focuses on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the whole spectrum of media law. Guinot-Deléry is supported by Camille Truchot, who leverages her sector expertise working in the online media, advertising and video games industries.

Practice head(s):

Julien Guinot-Deléry

Other key lawyers:

Camille Truchot

Key clients






Reworld Media

Agence France-Presse

La Comédie-Française



French Ministry of Culture and Communication

Fundamental Films

Groupe 1981






Paris 2024

Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advising Orange in the acquisition of Orange’s audiovisual and content division (OCS and Orange Studio) by Groupe Canal+.
  • Representing OCS (previously known as Orange Cinema Series), a major French television network dedicated to movies and series, in a litigation against Sony Pictures Entertainment before the Paris Commercial Court.
  • Representing Agence France-Presse (AFP), one the three leading press agencies in the world, in major media law litigation against Twitter before the Paris Civil Court.

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats is noted for its depth of expertise in the television sector and advises major clients such as the national broadcaster, France Télévisions. Juliette Félix co-leads the team, bringing multidisciplinary expertise in media and IP to advise and litigate on high-profile mandates. Practice co-leader is Jean Castelain focuses on litigation on behalf of TV groups, libel actions, contractual matters and broadcasting suspension proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Juliette Félix; Jean Castelain


‘Well-established in the radio and television sector.’

‘Juliette Félix is ​​an excellent practitioner, who perfectly masters the niche technique of press and media law. She is a good litigator who is respected by the magistrates.’

‘Strong expertise in the audiovisual field and intellectual property. A coherent team.’

Key clients

France Télévisions

Work highlights

  • Assistance from France Télévisions and two journalists following the defamation complaint by Bolloré subsidiary in Cameroon, Socapalm.

Simon Associés

Simon Associés is noted for its expertise in the TV and radio industries, in addition to its high-profile work for leading clients such as Mediawan and Netflix. The team is also well-equipped to advise on cross-border advisory matters and litigation. The practice is led by Julien Grosslerner, who maintains a strong reputation in both the French and US entertainment industries, while Tifany Carlos is the trusted adviser of the Paramount Group.

Practice head(s):

Julien Grosslerner

Other key lawyers:

Tifany Carlos

Key clients


Warner Bros Discovery






Vice Media Group

ICB Records

Fresh LaPeufra

Mesdames Productions

Wagram Music

Robin & Co

The Oligarchs


The Oligarchs

Work highlights

  • Handled all legal issues and contracts attached to the show Nouvelle Ecole jury hiring, competition rules, contestant contracts, beatmaker contracts and all (pre)litigation matters.
  • Advised Paramount on a streaming platform launch in France and production of French original series, acquisition of studio films and series, adaptation of the service to French legislation.


Experts on the interplay between IP and media law, Taliens advises clients on project development, regulatory compliance, disputes and sensitive issues. The firm is particularly renowned for offering a bridge between Anglophone clients and the French market. The team is led by Clara Steinitz, whose practice is supported by Jean-Frédéric Gaultier, recognised for his skill in handling sensitive media issues.

Practice head(s):

Clara Steinitz

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Frederic Gaultier; Emilie Gras


‘Clear, fast turnaround advice with an excellent quality of English.’

‘Clara Steinitz is an excellent lawyer, who provides pragmatic advice that demonstrates a deep understanding of the French entertainment industry.’

Key clients


Associated Newspapers


Froggie Productions

Looks Filmproduktionen

News Corp

Paramount Global

The Guardian



Work highlights

  • Advising Paramount Global and the production companies on commercial agreements with luxury and designer fashion brands relating to the acclaimed Netflix series Emily in Paris.

Vercken & Gaullier

Vercken & Gaullier represents many of France’s popular TV channels and radio stations. With over 30 years of industry experience, the firm caters to major players in the international market, including streaming platforms and distribution companies, and offers comprehensive guidance on contracts, collective management, litigation and lobbying actions. The group is collectively led by Florence Gaullier, Edouard Mille and Gilles Vercken.

Practice head(s):

Florence Gaullier; Edouard Mille; Gilles Vercken

Key clients


Bouygues Telecom



France Médias Monde

Groupe Bayard






WAN Avocats

A specialist media team, with considerable expertise in the field of copyright, WAN Avocats is jointly led by Isabelle Wekstein-Steg, who regularly represents TV broadcasters and audio-visual groups, alongside Raphaël Naccach. Amélie Gouazé is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Wekstein; Raphael Naccach


‘Professional and respond quickly. They are efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Honest and easy to work with.’