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Media and entertainment solicitors

The media and entertainment sector has undergone a period of rapid change and evolution as both consumers and media outlets embrace a broader range of distribution channels and ways of accessing content.

Our specialist Media and Entertainment division advises major institutions (such as Welsh Government and S4C), television production companies and film studios on media contracts and rights issues; as well as individuals, production companies, broadcasters, funders, investors and distributors in relation to all aspects of media and entertainment law.

We have a strong grasp of emerging technologies and advice with regard to interactive media, gaming and e-sport, with experience spanning the full spectrum of the industry including TV, film, radio, music and live events.

A number of our lawyers have previously worked in-house for the likes of major Welsh broadcaster S4C and, therefore, have an in-depth knowledge of the television industry inside and out. We also offer a fully integrated service advising media businesses on all aspects of corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint venture agreements.

Our expertise across the sector has been further strengthened following the acquisition of Loosemores Solicitors, a well-established boutique firm with additional expertise in the media sector.

Our specialist services

Our services to media and entertainment companies include:

  • commissioning, production and co-production agreements in film and television
  • film and television financing agreements
  • television format deals
  • licensing agreements
  • distribution agreements
  • live events agreements
  • content sharing agreements
  • mutual funding agreements
  • royalty sharing agreements
  • talent agreements
  • star artist contracts
  • musical artists contracts
  • general corporate advisory

Key contact

Aled Walters


Aled Walters is a corporate, M&A and commercial partner who heads the commercial team. Aled advises on corporate and commercial matters, often advising on complex and high-value commercial agreements. He has significant experience advising on complex contracts and deals with a multi-jurisdictional dimension.

Aled Walters has significant credibility advising media and gaming clients across a wide range of IP and commercial matters. As well as regularly acting for Novomatic, Walters has recently handled numerous matters for gaming company, Amelco, including drafting and negotiating Amelco’s licence of the IP for their betting platform to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The Legal 500

Aled Walters has experience with regard to film finance and production agreements, and is also noted for his expertise in video game development. Clients remark on his “vision” and ability to discern “what is important and what’s not worth fighting for.”

Chambers & Partners

They have done brilliant work for us at quite short notice.

Chambers & Partners

We are incredibly grateful to Aled and the entire team at Hugh James. They guided us step by step through the entire process and were always on hand to offer advice and support. Their expertise and professionalism were second to none.

Lynsey Fisher, Founder, 4Wood

How we act for our clients

We endeavour to demonstrate additional strength in adding commercial value and sector insight; with experience representing a vast range of independent TV and film production companies across the UK, many of which produce primetime and award-winning content. What sets us apart from our competitors is our collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to working with you. We strive to build effective partnerships which add real value. Our approach as a firm is to ensure we are ‘partner-led’ on our complex areas of work, while delivering value for money on more straightforward matters. We work hard to ensure we have a thorough understanding of your business which allows us to be proactive, commercial and innovative.

Our clients

  • S4C
  • Great Point Studios
  • Wildflame Productions Limited
  • Afanti Media Group Limited
  • Welsh Government
  • 4 Wood Group Limited
  • Cwmni Da Cyf
  • Location Solutions Limited
  • Dragon Studios Limited
  • ITV plc
  • Football Association of Wales
  • Horse & Country TV
  • Opra Avanti
  • TAC
  • Screen Alliance Wales

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