Overview

Our experienced team of specialist media and entertainment litigators are highly active in defending the interests of major film studios, independent production companies, program providers, television and radio broadcasters, publishers, performers, artists, internet content providers, cable franchisees, newspapers, institutions that finance and invest in media activities and all other types of entities involved in media activities.

We represent clients in disputes concerning ownership, royalties, cybersquatting, piracy, television format rights, content licensing and rights disputes, breaches of privacy, character licensing, profit participation, and defamation. We also represent clients concerning such matters as accounting disputes and related areas such as competition law and other regulatory issues specific to the industry.

Our team deeply understands the entertainment business and the day-to-day commercial and legal pressures in the media industry. The team seeks to add value at all times, providing risk assessment and pre-litigation strategic advice with a view to helping clients avoid litigation. However, when litigation is unavoidable we are equipped to provide effective and experienced representation.

Experience

The firm’s dedicated media group provides a full range of specialised services based on a comprehensive understanding of the industry.  Our clients include major film studios, independent production companies, television and radio broadcasters, cable franchisees, internet content providers, program providers, performers, newspapers and the institutions that finance and invest in media activities.

We advise on the full scope of media law related issues, from regulatory and commercial to M&A, using specialists from our different practice groups including IP, commercial, tax, corporate, finance and dispute resolution. Our extensive experience in the field includes:

  • Representing clients before the Cable and Satellite TV Channel Council and negotiating permits and licences with the Ministry of Communications in connection with the establishing of new cable, television, radio or satellite channels
  • Exploiting and protecting foreign TV format rights
  • Co-development and production agreements
  • Advising on the financing of broadcasters and satellite operators
  • Advising on mergers and acquisitions of media companies, including internet portals and internet sites
  • Advising on intellectual property, competition law and other regulatory issues specific to the industry

We have represented the successful bidder on the tender for one of Israel’s Channel Two’s terrestrial commercial television franchises, major global film distribution companies on their content distribution in Israel, one of the major global non-stop music cable channels on regulatory and other matters in Israel, and Israel’s widest-circulation newspaper on numerous acquisitions and the ongoing regulatory issues arising from the operation of its business.

Recognition

The European Legal 500, 2015 describes the team that S. Horowitz & Co fields as "a superb team of lawyers"
The European Legal 500, 2011 states that the team is "the best for service and professionalism"