Jonathan Berger > Harbottle & Lewis LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Harbottle & Lewis LLP
7 Savoy Court
LONDON
WC2R 0EX
England

Work Department

Film and TV

Position

Jonathan is Head of the firm’s Film and TV Group. He acts for a number of Hollywood studios, broadcasters, networks and platforms, and major independent producers, distributers and financiers.

Jonathan’s recent highlights have included: 

  • Heading up the Group’s representation of Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Studios, including their new films The King’s Man and Silent Night, co-porduced with Maven Pictures (Trudie Styler’s) production company.
  • Acting for John Battsek, producer of the Oscar-winning One Day In September and Searching For Sugar Man on the launch of Ventureland, with Prettybird partners Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown and Paul Hunter, a multi-platform film and TV company that will produce a diverse range of content across the documentary and scripted spaces
  • Acting for The Royal Household in respect of the broadcast agreements for various programmes and other media agreements, including A Planet for Us All with HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
  • Acting for the multi award winning Magic Light Pictures on their recent BBC Christmas animated special Zog and the Flying Doctors based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and also their 52 episode pre-school animated series Pip & Posey for SKY Television and Channel 5, based on the books by Axel Scheffler

Career

  • Trained, Bartletts de Reya, qualified 1986
  • Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya 1988, partner 1990-95
  • Partner, Theodore Goddard 1995-2003
  • Partner, Salans 2003-06
  • Partner, Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) 2006-10
  • Partner, Harbottle Lewis 2010 to date

Education

  • Charterhouse School; Godalming Sixth Form College
  • University of Kent at Canterbury (1983 BA Hons)
  • Chancery Lane College of Law

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

The TMT offering at Harbottle & Lewis LLP was strengthened with the March 2022 arrival of Emma Wright from Deloitte Legal. Under Wright, the firm has established a new technology, data and digital group, which will coordinate the firm’s efforts in areas including AI and technology regulation. The team is also especially noted for its work in media and entertainment, where Abigail Payne and Peter Armstrong are key contacts in the film and TV group, headed up by Jonathan Berger. Other areas of experience include IP, advertising, and defamation mandates.