Media & Entertainment - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Located both in London's West End and in Cheltenham, offering a strong track record in advising and litigating on behalf of clients in broadcasting, film, music and digital media. Credited with a deep understanding of digital technology and convergence of channels and platforms.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Media specialists are what we need, and they're great. They think entrepreneurially and we really value that."
Commercial awareness: "Wiggin has a particularly strong grasp of the impact of digital technology and the internet."
Market standing: "Market knowledge is second to none. Very quick turnaround times, sensible billing and good advice."
What's new? Guy Sheppard was promoted to the partnership.
Neil Parkes was promoted to the partnership.
Work highlights Advised Paramount Pictures on the financing and production of the forthcoming 'Jack Ryan' film, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Keira Knightley and Chris Pine.
Advised Pulse Films on music rights with regard to its production of a film of an LCD Soundsystem performance at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Sean James is head of the firm's broadcast and digital content group, and is considered by sources to be "one of the leaders in the crossover of film and television rights to new platforms." Clients say: "Throw anything at him, and he can handle it."
The "fantastic" Miles Ketley has an impressively comprehensive film and television practice. He represents film studios, financiers, sales agents, producers, distributors and broadcasters.
Charles Moore is a figure of great importance in the film and television world. He represented HBO on all aspects of the production of popular television series 'Game of Thrones', and was instrumental in the campaign to establish a tax credit regime for television projects made in the UK.
David Quli is frequently instructed by banks and production companies on film financing projects. One client said he is "extremely intelligent, calm, gives practical advice and has the ability to act autonomously on my behalf – I wouldn't use anyone else."
Neil Gillard advises broadcasters, film producers, television production companies, financial institutions and advertising agencies on all manner of film and television matters.
The "very accomplished" Sarah Bing concentrates largely on all facets of film production, including financing, distribution and cast agreements. She also advises clients in television on commissioning, production, rights acquisition and regulatory matters.
Rising partner Guy Sheppard earns recognition from senior lawyers operating in film and television, and recently completed a fruitful secondment with a major UK television broadcaster.
Daniel Whybrew is "personable and warm" and "able to make smart legal and business decisions," according to sources. He is fast making a mark in the film finance and production arena.
Simon Baggs is felt to be one of the best media and entertainment litigators working today. One senior market source described him as "quite excellent – he has deep industry and technical knowledge, is excellent at client relations, takes his work very seriously, thinks around the topic and is very genial."
Caroline Kean is a "known name" in the publishing industry, particularly on clearance work and litigation. She has been advising her clients on the implications of the Leveson report and its findings.
Alexander Ross is a specialist in music and digital content rights and their commercial exploitation. Clients say he is "very methodical and formidably intelligent," and also "invaluable in negotiations."
David Deakin joined Wiggin from BBC Worldwide, where he was head of legal for digital media and technology. He is central to the firm's pioneering activity in new media and multi-platform work.
Jason Chess heads the firm's betting and gaming group, and advises clients on electronic gambling and attendant regulatory, marketing, distribution and sponsorship issues. One client said he "is very important to our business."
Medwyn Jones is considered a "television guru," and has operated at the heart of the independent sector since the 1980s. He acts principally for production companies, who see him as a valuable business adviser as well as a source of external legal counsel.
Significant clients Base79, BBC Worldwide, Coutts & Co, Virgin Media, Warner Bros.