Film, Television & Radio

Clintons has a dedicated practice in these areas with a considerable reputation for its expertise in dealing with contentious matters.




The firm works with and advises studios, motion picture and television production and distribution companies, independents, film financiers and funding bodies, film archives, animators and animation houses, format creators, special and visual effects houses, advertising agencies, actors, writers, directors and composers. Clintons provides commercial legal advice in all aspects of film and television including:

  • Finance
  • Development
  • Copyright and format protection and exploitation
  • Production
  • Catalogue acquisition and disposal
  • Distribution and exploitation
  • Rights clearance

Clintons is well known for its expertise in dealing with contentious matters for its clients in film and television, providing advice on litigation, arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution including:

  • Contractual disputes involving production, licensing and distribution of motion pictures and television programming;
  • Profit participations and other accounting disputes;
  • Intellectual property disputes, including copyright, format, performance, passing off, likeness claims and credit disputes;
  • Employment disputes, performer's rights and matters involving British Actors Equity;
  • Tax disputes and problems arising out of the insolvency of various entities.

The firm advises leading independent production companies on all types of agreements with the BBC and independent commercial radio including production, co-production, development and warehouse contracts. Additionally, we advise on digital format exploitation, the full range of intellectual property matters and licence agreements of all kinds, including jingle packaging. We also act in relation to regional radio licence applications and advise generally on regulatory issues.

Clintons also represents many of the nation's leading music and broadcast talent and acts for some of the foremost specialist broadcast management companies and voice-over agencies, for which we conduct a complete range of drafting and contractual negotiations including the conclusion of specialist management talent contracts and individual freelance broadcast and bi-media service agreements.

The Clintons team in this area comprises Kami Naghdi, James Jones, Philip Stinson and Stephen Joelson.