Lee & ThompsonLee & Thompson advises on all aspects of the media industry. It represents a variety of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians, actors, directors, producers, television personalities and sports people and the entrepreneurs and companies that work with them. In respect of film, we reassure our clients with a highly personalised relationship offering expertise at every stage of the process from development, financing and production of theatrical feature films through to worldwide exploitation on multiple platforms. Our involvement goes beyond strict legal advice; amongst other things, we help producers to raise and structure the finance for their films, making connections between our independent producer clients and our extensive network of production finance clients and contacts.
PinewoodThe Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made. Renowned across the globe for excellence in its field, the Pinewood brand is now being exported overseas to studios in Toronto - Canada, Berlin – Germany, Iskandar – Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.
Recent film and TV productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall (Eon Productions/MGM/Sony Pictures); Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal); Anna Karenina (Working Title Films/Universal); Prometheus (Fox); Dark Shadows (Warner Bros); The Magicians, Got To Dance and Love Machine. Pinewood Films is the company’s new film investment and production division, offering equity finance, discounting of the UK tax credit and gap finance to productions shooting at a Pinewood Group Studio. We target productions with budgets of circa £2 - 8m and will invest equity up to 20 per cent per film. It is anticipated that we will invest in 4 productions annually. Recent productions include A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Last Passenger and the recently announced Belle. Pinewood has also recently signed an agreement with the Isle of Man Treasury to source and advise on film investment opportunities for its £25 million fund. Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com for more info.
Film4Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, films like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, Steve McQueen’s Hunger and Shame, Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Chris Morris’ Four Lions , Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, Joe Cornish’s directorial debut Attack The Block , Lone Scherfig’s One Day, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur and Ben Palmer’s The Inbetweeners Movie. Recent releases include Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life, Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, Pawel Pawlikowski’s The Woman In The Fifth, Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio and Walter Salles’ On the Road. Forthcoming releases include Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Shane Meadows’ The Stone Roses, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, James Griffiths’ Cuban Fury, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Danny Boyle’s Trance and Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love. For further information visit www.film4.com/productions
Film House GermanyFilm House Germany AG is a Frankfurt-based multi-faceted European media company covering the development, financing, production and co-production of films for local and international audiences. With its three independent production subsidiaries – Egoli Tossell Film, Summerstorm Entertainment and Hamster Film, Film House Germany combines the networks and know-how from both industries – film and finance – under one roof.
RSM TenonSher talent on its own is not enough to be a success in the film industry. You also need a boundless capacity for hard work and the right support around you at a time of dramatic change within the industry. That’s something we know all about. At RSM Tenon we have a highly experienced film team that brings together a unique blend of professional services and film expertise. Services offered by the Media Division include:
- Structuring advice for filmmakers on co-productions and Cultural Test British qualifying films in Europe and elsewhere
- Helping maximize the UK Film Tax Credit available to British qualifying films
- Assistance with monitoring, compliance and liaison with DCMS and HMRC
- Auditors and accountant’s reports, letters of comfort to financiers
- Assistance with government sponsored incentives such as EIS and its application to film
- Valuation of film rights
- Helping maximize UK tax benefits on film royalties
- Distribution and film royalty audits
- Advice on alternative sources of funding, including equity, soft money and bank gap for film finances
- Tax advice regarding corporate structures, both UK and overseas For more information please contact Vikram Menon at Vikram.Menon@rsmtenon.com or go to www.rsmtenon.com