COVID-19 has impacted the television industry in an unprecedented way, from gaps in programming, productions halted, and the enforcement of legal provisions rarely used.
Legal and commercial teams from across the UK’s top broadcasters and content studios have had to be creative in how they operate to keep programming on our screens and production teams on set, alongside grappling with the challenges of when even these were not possible, all to keep the nation entertained and to protect the livelihoods of the thousands working in TV production.
In this RTS London Centre event, our panel of leading legal and commercial executives considers how the industry has adjusted from production and programming perspectives, asking who the winners and losers have been - from streamers to production companies, what changes have had to be made to complex contracts and rights agreements, and how they’ve sold shows when trade festivals and upfront screenings were cancelled.
The panel also discuss what the future of TV production and distribution may look like as we move into 2021 and what lessons can be learned with the shadow of the pandemic still looming large.
Nana Duodu, ex legal Disney and Hit Entertainment
Damian Kent, VP Legal and Business Affairs Scripted, Fremantle
Nick Smith, EVP Formats, All3Media International
Katrien Roos, TV & Film Associate, Harbottle & Lewis
Olusoga Adamo, Head of Business Affairs, ITV Studios
Producer: Lettija Lee