December 9, 2013
Leading media law firm Wiggin announces today that one of the UK’s pre-eminent TV lawyers, Medwyn Jones, is to join its partnership as part of its Film/TV Group.
Medwyn will join in January from Harbottle & Lewis, where he has been a partner for 20 years. Medwyn acts for many of the UK’s leading drama production companies (including the producers of Sherlock, Call The Midwife, and the recent BBC drama series The Escape Artist), as well as on-screen and writing talent, rights owners, events owners, and agencies. He is widely known across the television industry, and is a Board Member and Trustee of BAFTA.
John Banister, Wiggin CEO, comments: “Medwyn is one of the UK’s foremost media lawyers and we are thrilled to announce that he’ll be joining the team. His relationships with many of the UK’s leading TV production companies will give Wiggin an opportunity to extend its reach into this fast-growing media sector, whilst providing those companies with access to Wiggin’s converging media practice and entrepreneurial activities.”
Charles Moore, Wiggin partner and co-head of the Film/TV Group, comments: “In the advent of the UK TV tax credit, which Wiggin helped initiate, our TV practice has never been busier. We are already working with US networks and cable companies, UK broadcasters, banks and other financiers, as well as UK independent production companies, on a raft of UK and international productions and other ventures. With Medwyn joining our team, we will have a combined UK TV expertise and client base that is second to none.”
The announcement of Medwyn’s appointment follows that of Ted Shapiro (previously head of legal at the Motion Picture Association) as Partner at the start of the year, and the promotion of Ciaran Hickey to Partner in the corporate group in October.
Wiggin’s film & TV group was recently ranked as a tier one practice by Chambers and Partners. The team advises on all aspects of film and TV: from the moment a project is conceived right through to its development, production and ultimate distribution. As well as representing a range of producers, investors, distributors and mini majors, Wiggin is the only law firm in the UK and Europe to represent all six of the US studios in relation to their UK and European productions.