Media and entertainment in Wales

Acuity Law

Since the arrival of the 'informative and helpfulAngharad Evans  from S4C at the beginning of 2019, Acuity Law has rapidly gained a foothold in the market, particularly on behalf of Wales-based production companies, which are appreciative of Evans' ability to provide 'thorough and carefully considered advice' across the gamut of contractual issues. The team has also been increasingly active advising film funders and benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's broader banking and corporate strength.

Practice head(s):

Angharad Evans

Other key lawyers:

Steve Berry; Lowri Morgan-Macdonald

Testimonials

‘Angharad Evans is both personable and professional. She has always been quick to respond to my needs, yet thorough, giving me carefully considered advice that has resulted in successful negotiations and results.’

‘Dealing with Angharad Evans has been a breath of fresh air. She’s been, by far, the easiest media lawyer that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.’

‘Angharad Evans has been a huge help to us in the early days of establishing our business. She is well-versed in media and contract law, has proved to be an excellent sounding board and is always a pleasure to deal with. She is personable, clear and positive.’

Key clients

Ieie productions limited

Triongl Cyf

Bright Branch Media Limited

Teledwyr Anibynnol Cymru

S4C

Omeira Film Partners Limited

Fiction Factory Limited

Severn Screen Limited

Yeti Limited

Solatots Limited

Political Lobbying and Media Relations

Finn & Partners UK

Noetic Digital Marketing

Travel Curious

Kommixx

Omeira Studio Partners Limited

Access Media Advisory Limited

Kailash Limited

Life to Live Limited

Marshall Jones Music Limited

Media Atom Limited

One More One Productions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the funder on £700,000 investment in film production of well-known sequel to an indie film.
  • Advised Ieie productions on a variety of development agreements, including writer agreements, underlying rights option agreements and development funding agreements.
  • Advising Triongl Limited in co-production agreements, writer’s agreements and distribution agreements.

Hugh James

Hugh James has a strong grounding across a range of media and entertainment work, including advice on contracts and rights issues, as well as in the context of corporate and financing transactions in the sector.  'Commercial and pragmatic' team head Aled Walters  has particularly strong credentials within the film and TV industry and is able to provide an excellent perspective to production companies in the space, by virtue not only of his many years' private practice experience but also by dint of the knowledge gleaned in his former senior in-house role at Welsh national broadcaster S4C.

Practice head(s):

Aled Walters

Other key lawyers:

Lowri Walters; Emily Powell

Testimonials

Aled Walters is commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Wildflame Productions Limited

Avanti Media Limited

Welsh Government

4 Wood Group Limited

Location Solutions Limited

F X Hire Limited

Cwmni Da Cyf

Dragon Studios Limited

Keolis Amey Operations Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wildflame Productions on the contracts, documents and rights position for its new multimillion-pound production for Viacom/Smithsonian called “True Vikings”.
  • Advised Cwmni Da on its co-production “Rain Stories” with various co- production partners, Northern Ireland Screen, LDC China and Creative Scotland.  
  • Advised a UK-based set building company in relation to a new contract with Disney for the production of sets for its major new production, Trapper Keeper.  

Loosemores Solicitors

Cardiff boutique Loosemores Solicitors has established an excellent reputation among sports and creative industry clients, as a result of its 'ferociously hardworking' ethos and the 'incredible breadth and depth of knowledge' it has across the firmament of media and entertainment issues. Formerly head of legal at S4C, Sara Griffiths has 'great technical skill and knowledge' on matters impacting clients in the broadcasting, film and tv sectors, and as well as her direct fee-earning work, she is also a great champion of the local creative community (as is demonstrated by her involvement and pro-bono advice to members of the leading membership organisation for women working in media). Recognised as a 'shrewd tactician' and a 'class act', senior partner Mark Loosemore also regularly handles media and entertainment matters for his vast array of sporting clients, including negotiating and drafting sponsorship and media and data rights agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mark Loosemore

Other key lawyers:

Sara Griffiths; Siôn Tudur

Testimonials

‘A small team, but ferociously hard-working. Particularly experienced in sports law.’

‘The team has an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge on media matters.’

‘Loosemoores offers media people a very good and clear service, no matter what level of expertise one is at.’

‘Sara Griffiths is a respected lawyer in the broadcasting, film and television sector. She is a very thorough lawyer with great technical skill and knowledge.’

‘Sion Tudor will go the extra mile in delivering what you need in plain English.’

‘Mark Loosemore understands the various challenges facing the sport and leisure industry in Wales and his specialist experience in sport and media work is highly valued across the sector.’

Key clients

Football Association of Wales

Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC)

Coracle Productions

Just Druid Gorazde Limited and group companies

Tarian Cyf

Stills Creative

GlobalWelsh

James Uzzell

Horse & Country TV (H&C TV)

Tiny Rebel Games Limited

Chwarel

Mr Anderson

Edge 21 Studio Limited

Sport Wales

Live Like Louise Limited

Studio Collective

Work highlights

  • Advised Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru Cyf, which represents the Welsh independent TV production sector, on corporate legal matters across a range of issues specific to the broadcast industry and production sector.
  • Advised the Football Association of Wales on a range of media rights and production agreements, including with UEFA for men’s home international friendly matches.
  • Advised Horse & Country TV (H&C TV) on its acquisition of US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN) together with various other matters.

Capital Law Limited

Under the guidance of IP head Wayne BeynonCapital Law Limited maintains a solid offering for numerous production companies and broadcasters. Beynon is perhaps best-known for his litigation expertise and in a media context this manifests itself in relation to core IP disputes, as well as defamation/malicious falsehood claims. Non-contentious work includes a myriad contractual drafting, including for the purposes of co-production agreements, licensing terms and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Beynon

Key clients

Infinity Creative Media

Smorgasbord

S4C

Handmade Films Limited

Influence Digital

University of South Wales

International Greetings

Rescape Innovations Limited

Gritty Realism Productions

British Medical Association

Work highlights

  • Retained to advise Handmade Films Groups, a world-renowned film company on its extensive library of movies, dealing with policing copyright infringement online to advising on, negotiating and drafting new and exciting licensing arrangements.
  • Advising a sports tv show shown on Sky, on a dispute over unpaid invoices with a production company.
  • Advising a large-scale concert and events organiser on the cancellation and renegotiation of contracts for globally renowned music artists booked to perform at stadium concerts and events in the Summer of 2020.