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Legalcommunity IP/TMT Awards 2017
Media Law Firm of the Year

Carnelutti has long been active in the media sphere and has had the advantage and privilege of working alongside international and Italian media companies and network operators.

The firm’s lawyers work on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters related to television and radio production, broadcasting and communications, satellite and terrestrial services, syndication, content providers, MVNO, digital media and ISP, merchandising – including prize contests – publishing and advertising, computer games and e-commerce.
The firm also represents several show business and artists, producers and associations in relation to their personal services or endorsement agreements as well as in sponsorship and merchandising agreements and rights disposals.

The firm’s media lawyers have in-depth expertise in all areas of broadcasting and media regulation and can assist clients with issues ranging from general advice on the broadcasting and programming regulatory framework to a variety of commercial arrangements and contracts.
The media team regularly provides legal support to international and local broadcasters and network operators on:

  • Regulatory matters;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Commercial contracts;
  • Disposal and acquisition of rights;
  • Convergence of media and network technologies;
  • Broadcasting, networking and programming regulatory framework;
  • Digital terrestrial audio and video broadcasting;
  • Acquisition of satellite and terrestrial bandwidth and capacity.
  • Assisting one of the largest media companies in the world, and number one in France, in the negotiation of the agreement with one of the biggest media companies in Europe and the leading commercial broadcaster in Italy for an exchange of shares (3.5%) between the two companies and the transfer of a pay TV digital.
  • Assisting the third largest broadcaster in Italy in terms of collective audience share in negotiating and signing the agreement with a well-known Italian television production company for broadcasting the daily programme of an extremely popular Italian talent show, on one of its theme channels.
  • Assisting the world's no. 1 non-fiction media company, listed on the New York Nasdaq, in the acquisition of an Italian independent broadcaster.
  • Advising leading international television broadcasters on the acquisition and management of television networks and digital platforms in Italy.
  • Assisting the No 1 television network in the Philippines in its development in the Italian and European market.
  • Assisting one of the world leaders in satellite radio broadcasting in the negotiation of a strategic agreement with the leading Italian automobile manufacturer for the development and installation of satellite radio receivers on many of its models starting from 2009.
  • Assisting an Italian satellite TV channel specializing in 24/7 sports broadcasting in the acquisition and disposal of live TV rights to the Italian football championship matches.
  • Advising the largest European sports satellite and cable network and a digital content provider, both owned by a leading French media holding company, in relation to their internet services.
  • Assisting a number of major players in the media/telecom industry in relation to the acquisition and disposal of rights as well as regulatory matters.
  • Assisting a number of media/telecom operators in connection with their contractual relationships with technology suppliers and content providers.
  • Assisting a major mobile network operator in negotiating and drafting an agreement for a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)
  • Assisting the Italian subsidiary of the world’s largest chain of DVD and videogame rental stores in all corporate and commercial matters.
  • Assisting a multinational publishing company, leader in the areas of videogames and home computing in the sale of its subsidiary to a primary Italian publishing company.
  • Providing general assistance to a major global force in electronics and information and communication products in respect of contractual relationships with telecoms operators, sim unlock regulations and advertising issues (also in connection with the 2006 Winter Olympics).
  • Assisting one of the main Italian broadcasting and publishing companies, in setting up a joint venture with a main US satellite operator for an innovative satellite radio service. The firm's brief included both corporate and regulatory advice.
  • Assisting the European subsidiary of a major international media company before the Italian media authority in respect of alleged breaches of advertising regulations.
  • Advising a major Italian content provider on the sale and acquisition / production of audiovisual content for distribution through IP-TV and other alternative platforms. The firm's brief included negotiations with top Italian football teams.
  • Advising a major UK broadcaster in the distribution of digital music content through satellite and other platforms.
  • Assisting several TV, movie and sports rights holders in the negotiation of license and distribution agreements.
  • Assisting music, television and sports personalities in the negotiation and conclusion of sponsorship agreements.
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