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Firms To Watch: Media and entertainment: Television/radio

Taliens is an IP boutique firm entirely dedicated to the media, digital and technology sectors, acting as counsel to television producers regarding content development and production.

Media and entertainment: Television/radio in France

Crossen & Borowsky

Boutique media and entertainment firm Crossen & Borowsky has a distinctly international outlook, advising leading international producers, platforms, satellite providers and sales agents. Recently adding Apple TV+ and HBO Europe to its impressive client list, the team has positioned itself with a strong offering in subscription video-on-demand services. Having both studied in the US and in France, Sophie Borowsky and Raechel Crossen are often solicited by clients for their understanding of cross-border media affairs. Borowsky is recognised for her ‘practical, business-like approach’ coupled with her ‘solid, longstanding legal background’.

Testimonials

‘Extremely responsive team of experts in a specialised boutique firm focusing on IP. Detailed advice, practical approach, flexible billing practices. Tailor-made solutions for payments and partner availability.’

‘Sophie Borowsky has a practical, business-like approach combined with solid, longstanding legal background. She has a keen understanding of both the French and common law concepts and principles governing IP, from moral rights in France to work-for-hire in the US.’

Key clients

Apple

HBO Europe

MGM International Television Productions, LLC

Turner Broadcasting System Europe LTD

Fransat (Eutelsat’s subsidiary)

E-One

Warner Media US (HBO US)

Legendary

Xilam

Kowalski Media Ltd

Bron Studio

Satisfaction The Television Agency

CPB Films (Compagnie des Phares et Balises)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Apple with respect to the implementation in France of the European Directive (UE)2018/1808 and the draft SVOD decree and its potential impact on Apple TV+.
  • Advising the European production arm of HBO Europe and HBO Max on a locally produced series for Warner TV France and HBO Max worldwide.
  • Acted for Fransat in a pre-litigation against the French collecting societies (SACEM-SACD-ADAGP) with respect to the payment of royalties for the free retransmission of French public channels.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés is continually at the forefront of new content and technology developments in the production sector, for example digitalisation matters and subscription video-on-demand services. Long-term counsel to key names in the television industry, the team demonstrates equal strength in contentious and non-contentious work, handling trade mark and production matters. Audiovisual and entertainment law expert Charles-Edouard Renault heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Charles-Edouard Renault

Other key lawyers:

Julien Horn; Philippe Moncorps

Key clients

Spotify

TF1

UEFA

CBS

Deprez Guignot Associés

A key name in the media world, Deprez Guignot Associés handles work for major television providers and radio networks. As the strategic advisor to French TV channel M6, the firm handled the creation of Salto, a joint video platform in partnership with other major French channels TF1 and France Télévision. The team's competition law expertise is also sought after, for example for the strategic merger between TF1 and M6. Pierre Deprez, Frédéric Dumont and Philippe Bonnet lead the practice.

Key clients

M6

Radio France

RTL

Work highlights

  • Advised M6 on the strategic merger project between TF1 and M6.
  • Advised M6 on the ‘Salto’ merger which created a full-function SVOD joint venture company between the three major TV channels in France.
  • Assisted M6 before the French national competition authority and other courts and before the national competition authority in the context of the various disputes opposite Molotov concerning the conformity of its distribution conditions.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.‘s excellent reputation in television and radio law is evidenced by the firm’s role as privileged advisor to the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for all major reforms relating to the audiovisual and communication sector. The practice also acts for private and public radio broadcasters and television channels. In addition to its advisory practice, the group also has a strong litigation offering.  Julien Guinot-Deléry leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Julien Guinot-Deléry

Key clients

ORANGE

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE (AFP)

UBISOFT

DISCOVERY

NEWEN (Groupe TF1)

FRENCH MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION

SORARE

WARNER

GROUPE 1981

RADIO FRANCE

ARTE

DROUOT

SPIDEO

LEVI’S

LYLO MEDIA GROUP

WEBTOON

LES BORGIAS & INVEST IMAGE 2

Work highlights

  • Advised Orange on the negotiations for the renewal of its distribution agreements with a major French TV group.
  • Appointed to assist and advise the Paris 2024 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games on all media and entertainment matters in connection with the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Pechenard & Associés

Pechenard & Associés specialises in defamation, privacy law, and litigation related to the audiovisual sector. The team has been instructed by France Télévisions for a number of defamation cases, most notably a claim initiated by two protagonists involved in the Villemin case for the defamation of deceased people in two television reports broadcast by a France Télévisions channel. Eric Andrieu leads the department with key support from Caroline Mas.

Practice head(s):

Eric Andrieu

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Mas; Fabien Honorat

Testimonials

‘The team is stable and motivated. Each file is a new challenge and their support is really personalised and provided in cooperation with the client.’

‘Fabien Honorat is very responsive and his analysis is relevant, he knows how to adapt to our expectations. Caroline Mas is very proactive and efficient, she is fully involved in the files.’

Key clients

France Télévisions

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

TV5 Monde

Work highlights

  • Advised France Télévisions on a claim brought by two protagonists involved in the Villemin case for defamation towards deceased people after two television reports broadcast by a France Télévisions channel.
  • Advised France Télévisions on a claim brought by a magistrate for public defamation of a citizen in charge of a public mandate following publication of an article published on France Télévisions’ website.
  • Acted as counsel to France Télévisions on a claim initiated by a film producer for a breach of the presumption of innocence in a ‘Complément d’enquête’ programme that was broadcast by a France Télévisions channel.

Wilhelm & Associés

Advising many of France’s largest media companies, Wilhelm & Associés boutique firm is a go-to for clients looking for expertise in audiovisual and communication law. The firm is involved in ongoing contentious proceedings, defending Canal+ International in an action brought by Orange for a breach of competition law and commercial obligations in the communication of publicity in the telecommunications sector. Practice head Pascal Wilhelm is the founder and managing partner of the firm. Emilie Dumur made partner in July 2021 and supports Wilhelm on many complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Wilhelm

Other key lawyers:

Emilie Dumur

Testimonials

‘Cabinet Wilhelm has extensive experience in audiovisual law, particularly with regard to regulation and competition law. I meet them regularly in this sector where it is a pleasure to work with them because they are very responsive, creative and open.’

Key clients

Banijay

Groupe CANAL +

Vivendi

Betclic

CANAL + International

France Channel

Amadeus

B Smart TV

Unique Heritage Media

La Chose

Work highlights

  • Advising Banijay Group before the European Commission in the context of the acquisition by Banijay Group of Endemol Shine Groupe.
  • Defending Groupe CANAL + in its action brought before the EU Court of Justice against the EU Commission’s cross-border access to pay-TV decision relating to absolute territorial protection granted by cinema studios to pay-TV operators.
  • Acting for Amadeus before the French Competition Authority in proceedings against Google regarding abuse of a dominant position.

CBR & Associés

CBR & Associés' renowned team attracts high-profile media litigation matters such as representing SportsCoTV in a dispute against ‘La Ligue Nationale de Basketball’ regarding the suspension of SportsCoTV’s contract of broadcasting rights due to Covid-19  and the consequences of government measures taken in this context. Alain Barsikian and Pierre-Olivier Chartier share the lead of the department

Testimonials

‘CBR offers a comprehensive approach, and does not hesitate to seek additional expertise (from specialists in the firm or elsewhere) on specific legal areas. The firm also pays considerable attention to the level of invoicing, to help the client to control his costs. But CBR is particularly distinguished by its mastery of contentious matters.’

‘Pierre-Olivier Chartier has detailed and comprehensive expertise in commercial litigation and issues in the world of media and entertainment (TV, radio, sport, culture, etc.) combined with a pragmatic approach, ensuring a perfect match between issues and strategy. Each file is treated thoroughly, no aspect or argument is forgotten.’

‘The precision, synthesis, coordination and interpersonal skills of Pierre-Olivier Chartier ensure fluid and effective exchanges with all his interlocutors, of all expertise and at all levels of the company (lawyers, marketing, top management, commercial, technique, etc).’

‘The team has unparalleled expertise in media, especially television, which is explained by the cumulative experience of all its partners in the media sector for several decades.’

‘Pierre-Olivier Chartier knows the sector, having followed its developments on behalf of several major players for almost 20 years. Its expertise is broad since it includes intellectual property law, communication law to consumer law, all served by absolutely remarkable reasoning in civil law. He is ‘at home’ before all the courts and knows how to make himself particularly accessible to magistrates. Exceptional worker, following his files and argumentation down to the smallest detail.’

Key clients

NEXTRADIO TV (Altice Group, as SFR)

SFR

TF1

LAGARDERE ACTIVE

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats‘ media team has notably been assisting France Télévisions for almost 30 years. Practice head Jean Castelain is well known in the TV industry, particularly working on litigation for TV groups, including libel actions, contractual relationships with producers, copyright issues, and broadcasting suspension proceedings. The very competent Juliette Félix works hand in hand with Castelain on entertainment matters and was welcomed to the partnership in September 2021.

Key clients

FRANCE TELEVISIONS

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is widely recognised for its expertise in audiovisual and multimedia law. Acting for producers of French and international feature films, television films, the firm counts the likes of Fox Entertainment and Banijay Group to its client list. Christian Valsamidis has extensive experience in international film financing and is seen as a specialist in international co-production and distribution law. Benoît Goulesque-Monaux handles media disputes. Specialising in copyright, intellectual property, and financing specifically in the entertainment industry, Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux is another key name. Marc Schuler has over 20 years of experience in soft IP, especially in brand management and IP transactions and litigation.

Key clients

Endemol

Fox CHANNELS

Banijay/Zodiak Media

MOVING PUPPET

MAGIC PRODUCTIONS

BEAUBOURG PRODUCTIONS

HARI GROUP

MANDARIN TELEVISION

UBISOFT

GLOBAL MEDIA

SPOTIFY

WALLIMAGE SA

COMCAST

TIK TOK

WEBEDIA

Work highlights

  • Managing Banijay Group’s trade mark portfolio and assisting with the drafting and negotiation of contracts for strategic production and distribution alliances.
  • Assisting Comcast, a new entrant into the connected TV, business with its business transformation in relation to ads programmatic services.
  • Representing Dailymotion in disputes in relation to the content shared on the platform.

Vercken & Gaullier

Founded by Gilles Vercken and Florence Gaullier in 2017, Vercken & Gaullier advises on all types of artistic property, including in the audiovisual sector. Edouard Mille is particularly involved in copyright and related rights in TV production and distribution. The team has been working for the FEVEM, the French federation of media monitoring companies, regarding copyright issues for over 15 years.

Key clients

TF1

France Médias Monde

Program 33

Bouygues Telecom

Orange

Kantar

Toei Animation Europe

FEVEM

Triakaz

Work highlights

  • Advising clients during the legislative works on a number of legislative bills, for example in the course of the transposition into French law of the European Satellite and Cable Directive 2019/789 of April 17 2019.
  • Acted as counsel to an audiovisual producer in the context of the production of an animation series based on famous fictional characters, including prelitigation and litigation as well as advice, involving various issues relating to copyright and audiovisual production.
  • Assisted a broadcasting channel with the issue of the renewal of its agreement with the the French Supervisory authority Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel.

WAN Avocats

WAN Avocats has had a dedicated media and IP team since the firm's inception in 2000. Isabelle Wekstein-Steg, the firm’s managing partner, is a name to note, regularly acting for TV broadcasters and audiovisual groups. The firm has a strong focus on contractual matters, often assisting TV producers and audiovisual producers with the drafting and negotiation of agreements. Associate Amélie Gouazé joined the firm from Deprez Guignot Associés in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Wekstein

Other key lawyers:

Amélie Gouazé

Testimonials

‘Wan Avocats offers resources in various fields of law which allow us to expand our requests, whether in intellectual property, tax, social, corporate law, etc.’

‘The employees are very available and always on time. The files are returned on time, complete and detailed. It’s nice.’

‘Efficiency, speed, attentiveness. They are solution providers. Their work is always precise.’