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
United KingdomNovember 2, 2012
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 more
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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CommunicationsNovember 12, 2013
Dentons recently authored the UAE chapter of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Law Review (4th Edition), published by Law Business Research Ltd, which we hope you may find of interest. Read moreMedia and EntertainmentApril 18, 2013
An amendment to the existing Romanian Audio-visual Law brings changes primarily affecting the current trade conditions of the TV advertising space, as well as the conditions for the issuance/amendment/transfer of audio-visual licenses to third parties. Read moreEuropeApril 24, 2012
Film producers from abroad have flocked to Hungary in recent years, and for good reason. Here, they have found attractive locations, reasonable production costs, qualified local personnel and a well-established infrastructure – all thanks to the successful tax relief scheme introduced in 2004. The state has recently taken measures to refine the Motion Picture Act, the set of laws governing state subsidies for filmmaking. This letter showcases the latest legislative changes, and provides some suggestions as to how these changes may benefit film producers from abroad. Read more
News and Events
Los AngelesBeverly Hills, CAJanuary 7, 2014
We are once again pleased to offer a full day of California MCLE-approved classes just in time to meet the California MCLE compliance period deadline of January 31, 2014. Read moreVenture Technology and Emerging Growth CompaniesLas Vegas, NVJanuary 7, 2014
Dentons is pleased to host, along with SVB and NVCA, the annual VCs@CES reception taking place at TAO Asian Bistro, surrounding the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Read moreSan FranciscoSan Francisco, CAJanuary 8, 2014
We are once again pleased to offer a full day of California MCLE-approved classes just in time to meet the California MCLE compliance period deadline of January 31, 2014. Read more
Recent Press Releases
Media, 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 morePrivacy and SecurityMay 17, 2012
SNR Denton has launched the Privacy and Data Security Blog written by SNR Denton's global team of top privacy lawyers. Read moreIntellectual Property and TechnologyFebruary 21, 2012
SNR Denton announced today that Martin A. Bruehs, Charles R. Bruton and Scott W. Cummings have joined the firm as partners in its Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Also joining the firm are associates Gary D. Mangels, Ph.D., and Rajesh C. Noronha and Registered Patent Agent Mary Katherine Baumeister. The group also includes Allie Bernardo, Louie Malloy and Rebecca Brimmer, long-term legal assistants who support both the patent prosecution and litigation practices. The group joins SNR Denton from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. They are resident in the firm's Washington, DC, office. Read more
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