Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle is retained by leading domestic public television channels who seek it out for its strong track record in related litigation, including before civil and criminal courts. On the advisory side the team is well-versed drafting and negotiating contracts for the assignment of IP rights. Michel Rasle is the key contact.
Media and entertainment: Television/radio in France
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés' longstanding involvement in the media and entertainment sector has led to it representing a diverse client base including content designers, producers, distributors and publishers. The group's offering spans the full range of related matters, with a strong track record in financing productions, IP litigation and regulatory advice. It has also emerged as as a go-to firm for video-on-demand (VOD) and subscription-video-on demand (SVOD) platforms. Charles-Edouard Renault is increasingly involved with significant media platforms, currently acting as counsel to Spotify, notably assisting it with the development of podcasts for the French market. IP specialists Louis de Gaulle and Julien Horn are the other key names.
ASO-Amaury Sport organization
AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie)
Chateau de Versailles
Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer
No Money Production
Twentieth Century Fox
Warner Bros. (US)
Yale University Press
- Assisted No Money Production in the financing and production of two movies written and directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern.
- Acting for DreamWorks Animation, Fox Pathe Europa and Paramount Pictures France in the context of a litigation filed by French writers against the animated feature film Rise of the Guardians.
- Acting as French counsel to Spotify, assisting the platform in its development of original podcasts for the French market.
Deprez Guignot Associés acts as strategic adviser to some of France's largest broadcasters such as Groupe M6 and RTL, and also has a strong presence in the radio space where it represents two leading stations. As well as IP, IT, and contractual matters which make up the bulk of its work, the practice also works on significant transactions in the sector. By way of example, the team advised Groupe M6 on the establishment of a joint-venture subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) platform, in conjunction with the three major domestic TV channels. The practice is jointly led by Pierre Deprez, Frédéric Dumont, Philippe Bonnet and Vincent Fauchoux.
- Advised Groupe M6 on a strategic merger called “Salto” creating a full-function joint venture company between the three major TV channels in France.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. represents leading TV broadcasters, radio stations, and has also been retained by the French Ministry of Culture on several matters. Notably, the practice obtained the enforcement of neighbouring rights on press content from the FCA against Google, on behalf of the Agence France Presse. In addition to this more traditional work, the department is also increasingly involved in matters related to the processing of personal data, as well as blockchain, AI, and programmatic advertising which are becoming more significant for media operators. As part of an international firm offering, the practice is also well placed to advise foreign entities on their operations in France, including film financing and production issues. Olivier Cousi and counsel Julien Guinot-Deléry are the practice heads.
‘Excellent combination of legal knowledge, underpinned by an understanding of the flexible necessities required by clients in this sector.‘
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE (AFP)
La Comédie-FrançaiseFrance Télévisions
French Ministry of Culture and Communication Auzou Editions
ALLIANCE DE LA PRESSE (Le Figaro, Le Monde, L’Equipe, Les Echos, Liberation, Ouest-France, etc.)
Ivorian Ministry for Tourism and Leisure
- Obtained, on behalf of AFP, the enforcement of the new neighbouring rights on press content from the French Competition Authority ordering Google to negotiate the remuneration due to the press publishers and AFP.
- Representing Radio France in its libel disputes in France and in defending the group’s journalists on various media matters.
- Representing the French Ministry of Culture and Communication before the Conseil d’Etat in the context of a procedure introduced by a mass-market retailer for the repeal of a legislative provision prohibiting commercial promotional operations for the distribution sector on TV.
The 'versatile, competent and reactive team' at Herald Avocats is comprised of partner Jean Castelain and counsel Juliette Félix. Together, the team acts as adviser to France Télévisions, frequently defending it in defamation suits, including relating to the broadcast of Complement d'enquête Vincent Bolloré, un ami qui vous veut du bien? As well as its highly regarded contentious offering, the practice has deepened its advisory capabilities, in conjunction with the firm's general growth, in M&A, private equity and restructuring. Other key work includes negotiating broadcasting rights and providing strategic guidance on broadcasting issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Versatile, competent and reactive team, whose interventions are always appreciated on both small and large matters.‘
‘Jean Castelain is excellent. Juliette Félix has fantastic client relations and is always responsive.‘
- Defended France Télévisions in a defamation suit filed against it further to the broadcast of Complement d’enquête Vincent Bolloré, un ami qui vous veut du bien?
- Providing assistance to France Télévisions in the context of litigation against Canal + on the end of zapping and the broadcasting of “Vu”.
- Advised France Télévisions on the management of the health crisis, more particularly on the consequences on the television channel’s production and the various contracts in progress: concepts of “force majeure”, unforeseen circumstances and contractual renegotiation.
Advising leading internet platforms on the development of over-the-top media services, subscription-video-on-demand and podcasts, the 'technically proficient, highly reactive, always available' team at NomoS has a presence both domestically and abroad. Testament to this was the team's assistance to Euronews with the launch of Euronews Africa; a matter that involved both the French and Luxembourgish entities. The department is also extremely active in the production of French series and audiovisual programmes. Eric Lauvaux is the key contact, providing strategic advice to clients developing their own offering to incorporate new streaming models.
‘The team, led by Eric Lauvaux, is technically proficient, highly reactive, always available, adaptable and possesses excellent oratory skills.‘
RHAMSA/ FRANKLIN PRODUCTIONS
- Assistance to Lagardère TV for the sales of their TV services Gulli and Mezzo.
- Assistance to Euronews for the launch of their new service Euronews Africa; discussion with the French and Luxembourg entities.
- Assistance in the production of a French series and audiovisual programmes.
Pechenard & Associés
Pechenard & Associés is best known for its work defending public TV broadcasters, notably France Télévisions, in breach of privacy, libel and defamation disputes, notably acting for the network in a slander case involving Marine Le Pen. The group typically acts as counsel in claims and disputes following the broadcast of documentaries. 'Excellent litigator' Eric Andrieu leads practice, specialising in media and advertising law. Caroline Mas is another key name in the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Stable and competent team whose interventions are always proportional, often with the greatest success.‘
‘Eric Andrieu is an excellent litigator with a great understanding of his clients.‘
‘Caroline Mas works with precision and possesses deep expertise.‘
- Acted for France Télévisions in a claim initiated by Emmanuel Besnier, Lactalis’s CEO for a breach of privacy in an “Envoyé Special” programme, broadcast by a France Télévisions channel.
- Represented France Televisions in a claim initiated by Benjamin Dessange and the Dessange group for a breach of privacy and of presumption of innocence in a “Complément d’enquête” programme, broadcast by a France Télévisions channel.
- Represented France Télévisions in a criminal case for slander against Marine Le Pen.
Wilhelm & Associés
Wilhelm & Associés provides 'clear and workable' solutions to high-profile domestic media groups, counting Canal+ and Banijay. Among some of the contentious matters undertaken by the team, a highlight includes representing Canal+ in proceedings against the European Commission's decision to allow cross-border access to pay-TV. The practice also has a strong track record in antitrust, an area in which department-head Pascal Wilhelm is described as 'particularly skilled'. Counsel Emilie Dumur is another key name in the group, also specialising in competition matters, having worked on cases involving European, distribution and consumer law.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is able to deal with a diverse range of legal problems, always providing clear and workable solutions.‘
‘Pascal Wilhelm has a total understanding of the sector, with particular skill in competition matters.‘
GROUPE CANAL +
CANAL + INTERNATIONAL
- Advised Banijay Group before the European Commission in the context of the acquisition by Banijay Group of sole control of Endemol Shine Group.
- Represented Groupe Canal + in its action brought before the European Commission against the EU Commission’s cross-border access to a pay-TV decision relating to absolute territorial protection granted by cinema studios to pay-TV operators.
- Defending Amadeus, before the French Competition Authority against Google in a legal dispute relating to the abuse of a dominant position.
At CBR & Associés, the team is specialised in commercial disputes, with a firm-wide focus on strategic and complex litigation. For the media practice, this has led to a significant number of mandates regarding distribution, including representing NextRadioTV in a dispute with Free, relating to the channel's conditions of distribution. Similarly, the team were retained by Molotov in litigation against M6 challenging the the legality of general terms and conditions of distribution. Pierre-Olivier Chartier leads the team. Alain Barsikian and Michaël Majster are also key contacts.
‘Pierre-Olivier Chartier has an excellent understanding of the sector, provides strategic advice on a range of matters and is a great litigator.‘
‘Very strong expertise in audiouvisual media. Results driven practice with strong negotiation skills.‘
‘Proactive team with a capacity to lead on complex matters involving external experts and lawyers.‘
NEXTRADIO TV (Altice Group, as SFR)
- Representing Nextradio TV, in a dispute with Free relating to the conditions of the distribution of channels by Free.
- Representing Molotov in litigation against M6 in which Molotov challenges the legality of M6 general terms and conditions of distribution.
- Defending SFR in an action brought by any party for injunction against all major French internet access/service providers to block internet access to websites.
Crossen & Borowsky
Boutique firm Crossen & Borowsky represents UK and North American production companies, with a strong track record negotiating IP rights, to complement broad capabilities in regulatory, transactional and litigious work. The practice's policy not to represent talent in the industry leaves it well placed to avoid conflicts of interest when representing broadcasters, production companies and other platforms. Increasingly, the team is retained on matters relating to video-on-demand, advising Starzplay Service on the launch of the SVOD service on the Orange platform in France, for example. Raechel Crossen, who is dual qualified in France and New York, jointly leads the practice alongside Sophie Borowsky.
‘Above the level client dedication and reactivity.‘
‘Incomparable billing facilities adapted to cases.‘
‘We received immediate availability and strong advice from Sophie Borowsky, always pleasant and highly professional.’
‘Sophie Borowsky’s pragmatism is complemented by a business oriented approach.‘
‘We were very happy with Sophie Borowsky, she gave clear advice, and complied with the timeframe and quoted cost.‘
Canal + Groupe SA
MGM International Television Productions
Beta Films GmbH
Media Res Studio
Satisfaction The Television Agency SAS
Compagnie des Phares et Balises SAS
Harbottle & Lewis LLP
Headline Pictures Ltd.
Legendary Entertainment TV
Reel One Entertainment Ltd
Mint and co
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- Representing Xilam Animation before the French Courts against two Vietnamese production and distribution companies with respect to a copyright infringement litigation regarding Xilam‘s series exploited on YouTube.
- Providing general advice to Starzplay Service on the launching of the SVOD service on the Orange platform in France.
- Providing advice to MGM International Television Productions in connection with the chain of title of an international English language television series.
Taylor Wessing is reputed for its work financing French and international feature films and television series, with IP and banking law specialist Christian Valsamidis a go-to in this area. As part of a cross-media offering, the practice routinely advises acts for companies owning IP assets, including in litigation and on transactions, Marc Schuler being the name to note for these matters. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux and litigator Benoît Goulesque-Monaux are further key contacts.
- Representing Fox’s French affiliate in a litigation initiated by the trade mark holder of “Voyage en capsules”.
- Managing Banijay Group’s trade mark portfolio.
- Regularly assisting Spotify on IP matters attached to the operation of its platform and new functionalities.
Vercken & Gaullier
Vercken & Gaullier is retained by both private and public sector clients, including TV and radio broadcasts. The team routinely advises on contractual matters including the negotiation of broadcasting rights and production contracts. Founding partners Gilles Vercken and Florence Gaullier are the key contacts, as is Edouard Mille who handles copyright litigation and related rights claims across all the entertainment sectors.
France Médias Monde
WAN Avocats advises key players in the media sector, including TV and radio presenters, as well as several production companies. Contractual matters are a key part of the work, with the practice negotiating and drafting contracts on behalf of audiovisual producers and performing artists. The practice is also able to undertake related contentious matters. Founding partner Isabelle Wekstein-Steg is the key contact, equally adept at handling IP and transactional matters.