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Media & Entertainment

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TressCox is one of Australia’s leading media and entertainment law practices, with local and international clients. We can help you with finance as well as create, protect and maximise the commercial potential of your intellectual property. We are proud to work with innovators, content-makers, risk-takers and visionaries like you.

As our team comprises leaders in their fields you can be confident that we have an unparalleled understanding of the commercial and regulatory environment in which media and entertainment businesses operate. This provides a level of insight that gives a competitive edge, allowing you to achieve your strategic and financial goals in an evolving media landscape.

We take a leading role in policy and regulatory reform in the creative and content industries and currently participate on the boards of organisations such as the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Australia, the Australian Film Institute/AACTA and Screen Producers Australia.

TressCox also has the capacity to perform in-house advisory functions.

Our expertise allows us to help you with:

  • Media Financing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Defamation
  • Employment and Industrial Relations Law
  • Privacy & Data
  • Contracts
  • Litigation, and
  • Corporate Advisory.
Screen

We can advise you on the financing, production and commercialisation of your film and television content. Our film production credits include Star Wars Episodes II and III, Bright Star, The Quiet American, Moulin Rouge, Farscape, Chopper, Lantana, The Piano, Oscar and Lucinda, The Man Who Sued GodGreencard and many more.

Digital Media

Our extensive history advising content financiers, creators and distributors allows us to offer you a leading digital media practice. We regularly advise technology companies, software manufacturers, new media companies, content owners and digital content distributors as well as trade groups such as the Interactive Advertising Bureau. You will not only benefit from our industry experience, but also from our detailed understanding of the technical infrastructure and processes that support this sector.

Music

Music forms an important part of our practice. We act for developing and leading artists including major Australian bands and individual artists, as well as major and independent record labels, music publishing companies and digital distributors. We can help you with the negotiation and documentation of agreements for recording, music publishing, management, merchandising, licensing, distribution deals and business structures.

Theatre

We provide expert legal services to producers of musical and live theatre productions both in Australia and internationally. With our extensive knowledge of the legal requirements, we can help you with the presentation and funding of theatrical productions. We have advised most of the major producers in musical theatre in Australia and New Zealand and have worked with iconic producers in the UK and the US.

Advertising and Marketing

As new technologies and trends revolutionise advertising and marketing practices, we can provide you with the legal advice required to embrace change with confidence. We act for consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and insurers as well as owners of internationally known household brands.

Interactive Entertainment

We combine legal expertise and industry knowledge with technical know-how to deliver insightful advice to the video games sector. Our clients include new and established games developers, app builders, publishers, distributors and newcomers to the video games and interactive market. We work closely with the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association and have been at the forefront of regulatory reform in the sector, including our involvement in the introduction of the R18+ classification for video games and recent changes to the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

Publishing

We draw on our extensive experience across the content industries to provide you with strategic commercial and legal advice. Businesses that rely on acquiring and exploiting rights across platforms face challenges in the evolving publishing market. We have the industry experience and legal expertise to help you overcome these challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.

Media Financing

Our market-leading media financing practice provides expert advice in relation to the financing of films, television productions, music, video games and other content assets. We can help you with both project and operational financing for all manner of entertainment and media activities, including public fundraising. we can also advise you on contracts, structures and the negotiation and documentation of financing deals, as well as monitoring compliance with project financing structures.

Intellectual Property

With our intellectual property expertise, we can help you to identify, protect and maximise the commercial potential of your intellectual property.  Correctly managing intellectual property rights is critical for media and entertainment businesses that want to take advantage of emerging revenue streams and strategic opportunities.

Our team can advise you on:

  • Identifying intellectual property assets and determining the most appropriate form of protection, including trade marks
  • Managing and exploiting intellectual property assets including providing advice on licensing, joint venture and other arrangements as well as suitable structures and associated liability and tax issues, and
  • Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights including assisting in resolving disputes with competitors and enforcing rights against infringers, including through commercial litigation when required.
Competition and Consumer Law - Media & Entertainment

We do not simply help you to manage your competition and consumer law issues – we will assist you to utilise your competitive advantages and turn them into commercial opportunities without breaching your legal obligations. We can also advise on the competition law aspects of the conduct of your competitors, customers and suppliers and, where appropriate, conduct private enforcement proceedings.

We provide advice on all aspects of the Australian Consumer Law, including in relation to exclusive dealing, unconscionable conduct, pricing practices and other anti-competitive activities, particularly where these activities clash with the exploitation of intellectual property.

We also provide sensible, innovative and cost-effective dispute resolution services and are highly experienced in all aspects of defending prosecutions and other claims brought under the Competition and Consumer Act (Cth) 2010.

Defamation

Defamation actions can be costly and time consuming for any business. Our team has a wealth of experience providing pre-publication defamation advice for film and television producers as well as publishers and content businesses, which benefit from our commercial approach to advising on what will be defensible if a defamation action is brought against the business. Working in conjunction with our experienced corporate litigators, we provide a complete defamation service including defending and prosecuting defamation actions.

Privacy and Data

Personal information can be a powerful tool for businesses that know how to collect, protect and use it correctly.  Businesses that misuse personal information, however, risk falling foul of Australia’s privacy laws and losing the trust of their customers and employees.

Our team can provide you cost-effective, detailed advice about your legal obligations under Australian privacy laws, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Spam Act 2003 (Cth).  We believe that taking a pro-active approach to data management can help you to minimise risk, protect your reputation and achieve your commercial goals.

Our services include rigorous assessments to ensure that data collection and protection systems are compliant, as well as providing timely advice in the event of a privacy breach.

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Our Media & Entertanment Achievements

Asia Pacific Legal 500

We have been listed as a recommended law firm in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2006/07 - 2016 inclusive) for Intellectual Property and (2016) for Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT).

Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Legal Directory

We have been recognised as a noted firm for TMT: Media in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Legal Directory.

Best Lawyers®: Australia

We were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® Australia (2009 - 2018 inclusive) for Media & Entertainment.

Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession

The Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession has recommended us as a leading Victorian Media & Entertainment Law Firm for 2013.

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