The media, entertainment and sports industries are evolving. The digital revolution, new technologies and new platforms—from the web to mobile and beyond—are constantly changing the way media, entertainment and sport content is created, distributed and consumed.
Change brings both new opportunities and new risks. Tastes and standards are local—but e-commerce, web and mobile distributions are global. This means that every new business model and product must not only appeal to a worldwide fan or customer base, but address a global web of legal issues, regulations and requirements.
Dentons leverages our global footprint and deep-sector expertise to help you mitigate risk and capitalize on evolving trends in the marketplace. Whether you are looking at acquiring, selling, distributing or financing film, television, music, publishing, digital media assets or a sports team, launching a television or Internet channel in China, the United States, Canada, the European Union or elsewhere, participating in a sports venue/real estate development, or litigating, arbitrating or mediating a copyright, trademark or licensing dispute, we can provide advice as to the local political, legal and business conditions that drive outcomes.
Look to Dentons' lawyers for effective solutions.
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- DragonWave Inc.: Advising on the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks’ (NSN) microwave transport business, including its associated operational support system and related support functions, and new credit facilities from Comerica Bank and EDC to support the acquisition and working capital requirements in the amount of up to US$60 million. The acquisition was a highly complex multijurisdictional transaction which, after an initial announcement in November 2011, was substantially renegotiated following the announcement of NSN's global restructuring in May 2012. The transaction was multidisciplinary and included the acquisition of intellectual property and other assets, outsourcing, equipment leasing, new strategic supply and R&D collaboration agreements between DragonWave and NSN, as well as the transfer of contract manufacturing and third-party supplier arrangements, establishment of new global subsidiaries including in Luxembourg, Italy and China, and tax and securities laws advice.
- England and Wales Cricket Board: Advising on a series of broadcasting agreements for both live matches and highlights with Sky TV for all live UK international and county cricket from 2014–17; Channel 5 for broadcast TV highlights coverage from 2014–17 and the BBC for a six-year radio rights deal for Test Match Special. Also advising on the sale of broadcast and new media rights in Asia (with ESPN Star Sports), Australia, North America, New Zealand and South Africa.
- Flurry, Inc.: Defending one of a number of defendants in a putative national class action in Quebec relating to iPhone and iPad apps and providing guidance with respect to communications with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.The putative class proceeding alleges the intentional interception of user's personally identifying information without the user's consent.
United StatesJune 14, 2013
United StatesJune 10, 2013
The 2013 edition of The Legal 500 US recognizes 15 Dentons practices and 42 lawyers, representing a more than 50 percent increase in total rankings in the past year. Recognition for the Firm includes "seamless extensions of clients’ teams;" "exemplary strategic and tactical leadership;" and "far above other firms, both in technical strengths and business experience." Read more
The 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes 32 Dentons practices and 82 lawyers. Recognition for the Firm includes "excellent at representing their clients;" "top-notch firm, very good results with them;" and "always prepared, always accessible, and never fail to deliver." Read moreUnited KingdomNovember 2, 2012
The Firm’s UK offices have once again impressed in the annual Chambers UK rankings, achieving 69 individual rankings across 50 categories. Of particular note were our new London rankings in Asset Finance and Administrative & Public Law: Public Sector Law & Governance, while Milton Keynes impressed with five Band 1 rankings in categories including Real Estate, Banking & Finance and Construction. Read more
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Intellectual Property and TechnologyApril 10, 2014
A traditional overview of the most important changes that have occurred in 2013 in Russian IP, IT and mass communications law. Read moreIntellectual Property and TechnologyApril 1, 2014
Federal Law No. 35-FZ of March 12, 2014 on Amendments to Parts I, II, and IV of the Russian Federation Civil Code and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation ("Law"), was published in Rossiyskaya gazeta on March 14, 2014. Read moreIntellectual Property and TechnologyJanuary 8, 2014
How much control can employers exert over the use of social media? What rights do employees have when they take to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest? Partner Sandra McCandless takes you through this evolving area of law and the balance to be struck between employee rights and employer responsibilities. Read more
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Film & TelevisionMarch 20, 2014
A Dentons team from the Los Angeles and Vancouver offices worked together to negotiate the financing for an independent film directed by TV and movie actor Chris Messina, which will premiere in the Spotlight section of the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival in April. Read moreIntellectual Property and TechnologyFebruary 12, 2014
Dentons’ intellectual property, information technology, and telecommunications practice in Russia has added its fourth of counsel. Vladislav Arkhipov, one of St. Petersburg’s leading experts in this field, is now a member of the Dentons team. Read moreMedia, Entertainment and SportsOctober 18, 2012
SNR Denton has advised Al Jazeera on the extension of its multiplex carriage agreement with Arqiva, enabling its international English-language news channel, Al Jazeera English, to begin broadcasting 24-hours daily on Freeview. Read more
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