Hat Trick Productions

We are among the counsel to one of the UK's most successful, most award-winning, independent production companies.

The Flaw - Studio Lambert

Production counsel for Studio Lambert's "The Flaw," a telling documentary about the recent economic crisis.

THE BENGALI DETECTIVE - NATIVE VOICE FILMS

US Production counsel for "The Bengali Detective," feature documentary about an overweight dance obsessed intrepid detective, providing unprecedented look at modern India through the prism of crime.

FREMANTLE MEDIA

We are among the outside counsel to one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of outstanding entertainment brands.

LIGHTBOX ENTERTAINMENT

US and UK counsel for this LA-and-London based production company founded by multiple Oscar and Emmy Award winning Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, and funded by Channel 4.

The Shine Group

The Shine Group is the UK's largest independent production company. We have been providing production counsel services to two of its award-winning members: Shine TV and Dragonfly Productions.

THE TIMES GROUP

We have been counsel to India's largest mass media company, including The Times of India, The Economic Times, and TimesNow TV.

Stairway to Heaven

Counsel for this BBC Films documentary feature presented by Louis Theroux and produced by two-time Oscar-winner Simon Chinn.

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB - ADIOS

Through our film/TV joint venture, Convergent Media, we are producing this Broad Green Pictures feature, directed by two-time Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker.

PLAN B ENTERTAINMENT

Among the counsel for Brad Pitt's production company, acclaimed for SELMA, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE BIG SHORT, THE DEPARTED, and other important films.

SELMA

Honored to be representing the director and producers of this important, Academy-Award-winning film.

THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY

Among the counsel for Sacha Baron Cohen on the Sony Pictures blockbuster action comedy, THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY

Da Ali G Show

Production and litigation counsel to Sacha Baron Cohen's multiple-Emmy-nominated, path-breaking television series, "Da Ali G Show."

The War On Democracy

Production Counsel for "The War on Democracy," John Pilger's award-winning, Lions Gate documentary about the U.S. role in Latin America.

THE BBC

We are among the outside counsel for the BBC, where SmithDehn's Philip Wheeler was a senior in-house solicitor for 11 years.

GUANTÁNAMO DIARY

Together with Benedict Cumberbatch and others, our film/TV joint venture is executive producing the film version of the NY Times best-selling book by current Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Manhunt

Production counsel for the Primetime Emmy Award Winning HBO Documentary based on Bin Laden expert Peter Bergen's highly acclaimed, bestselling book.

The Graham Norton Show

We provide production legal services to the UK's most popular television talk show, broadcast by the BBC.

BUSINESS OF FILM & TELEVISION COURSE - UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

Together with top executives from clients HBO & Channel 4, we're teaching a graduate course in the business of film and television, at the University of Ulster, in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

AXIS PRO MEDIA INSURANCE

We have been retained to provide legal advice to one of the world's leading providers of E&O and other media insurance for the film and television industry.

K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute

We have been counsel to this renowned yoga institute in Mysore, India, founded by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who spoke at the opening of our India office.

HARPO FILMS

Among the counsel for Oprah Winfrey's production studio, acclaimed for such films as SELMA, BELOVED, THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, and THE GREAT DEBATERS.

The Green Prince

THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING

Continuing as counsel to "The Yes Men" in their third acclaimed feature film, designed to draw awareness to the issue climate change.

THE LEGEND OF SHORTY

We're counsel to this feature film from the producers of Searching for Sugar Man. It shows a world where few have been, and tells truths about the “war on drugs.”

BAFTA

Handling contract drafting and negotiations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Death of a President - Chicago Borough Films

Production counsel for "Death of a President," the Emmy Award-winning docudrama involving the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush.

LOVE PRODUCTIONS

We are among the counsel to this award-winning independent production company, specializing in thought-provoking, entertaining television.

BLAST! FILMS

We're counsel to this award-winning film company with a reputation for high-quality, distinctive and innovative content.

Media Rights Capital

Among counsel to MRC, the industry’s largest independent film, TV and digital studio.

Muscle Shoals

Gold Rush: Alaska - Raw Television

Production counsel for the hit observational documentary television series, "Gold Rush: Alaska," about a group of men who risk everything in search of gold.

Biggie & Tupac

Production Counsel for Nick Broomfield's "no holds barred," feature-length documentary on the murders of two rap music icons, Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

James Bond

We've been retained as production counsel for MGM's 50th Anniversary James Bond film.

ITV

US counsel to the largest and most popular commercial television network in the United Kingdom.

CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM

We are counsel to this Sundance-selected film showing how VHS tapes of Western movies sowed the seeds of revolution.

The People's Couch

We're production counsel to this hysterical, hit unscripted Bravo series that delivers the buzziest watercooler moments of the television season.

PASSION PICTURES

We are counsel to this multiple Oscar winning film and television company behind Searching for Sugar Man, The Imposter, and Project Nim, to name a few.

Hillsborough

We're counsel for this compelling ESPN/BBC feature film by producer/director Daniel Gordon, who takes on one of the darkest days in European football.

InRealLife

We're counsel on Beeban Kidron's acclaimed, absorbing feature film that addresses the relationship between teens and the Internet.

THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

We're production counsel for this acclaimed HBO/BBC film by Dan Reed, about the murderous assault on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris

Almost Royal

We are production counsel for this BBC America comedy series about young British aristocrats on their first trip to the United States, interacting with real-life Americans.

Borat

Production and claims counsel for the multi-Oscar nominated comedy, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

Paramount Pictures

We are among the outside counsel for Paramount Pictures.

Stones In Exile

Production counsel for" Stones In Exile," a documentary film about the 1972 Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St.," widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

Russell Smith was appointed by the UK's Bloody Sunday Tribunal to be among the counsel. The Inquiry concluded that in 1972, the British Army unjustifiably fired on a civil rights march in N. Ireland.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Benedict Cumberbatch has joined our film/TV joint venture and others in producing GUANTÁNAMO DIARY, the film version of the NY Times best-selling book by Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Dirty Wars

We served as production counsel for this award-winning, widely acclaimed investigative documentary about U.S. covert operations across the globe.

The Pitch

Providing legal advice for this acclaimed TV series about the ad business.

Fear Thy Neighbor

Production counsel to this Investigation Discovery series about what happens when a homeowner unwittingly takes up residence next to psycho or when evil minds decide to lay down roots right next door.

Lion Television

US Counsel for Lion Television, one of the most successful independent production companies in the United Kingdom.

Royal Opera House

Providing U.S. legal assistance regarding the acclaimed, controversial opera, "Anna Nicole," about the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.

Channel 5

US counsel for the highly popular and diverse Channel 5, Britain's fifth and final terrestrial broadcast network, launched in 1997.

ALL THREE MEDIA AMERICA

We're among the counsel for All3Media America, the LA-based, multi studio production hub for one of the world's leading creators of high-quality content.

HBO

Our attorneys have been among the production and claims counsel to Home Box Office, Inc.

PHILIP GLASS

One of our partners, Russell Smith, has provided legal advice and related services for Philip Glass, the world's most successful living music composer.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Production counsel for the late Malik Bendjelloul's sensational, Oscar-winning "Searching for Sugar Man," released by Sony Pictures Classics.

LISTEN TO ME MARLON

We are production counsel to this 2015 Sundance-selected, 2016 Oscar-Short-Listed, Marlon Brando biopic released by Universal Studios and Showtime.

Paper Heart

Production counsel for "Paper Heart," the award-winning documentary about love starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera.

Virunga

We are production counsel for this Oscar-Nominated 2014 documentary about the fight to save Virunga National Park, the last refuge of moutain gorillas.

The Imposter

Production counsel for "The Imposter," an astonishingly true story about a French man who fools everyone into believing he is a missing Texas boy, including the boy's family.

Four Lions

Production counsel for "Four Lions," the BAFTA-award winning comedy about a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point.

Studio Lambert

We're among the counsel to this award-winning, fast-growing independent production company based in Soho, London.

Paranormal Witness - Raw Television

Production counsel for "Paranormal Witness," the docudrama series that brings to life true stories of people who have lived through explanation-defying paranormal experiences.

Project Nim

Production counsel for "Project Nim," a revealing bio doc about a chimpanzee named Nim, raised & nurtured like a human child in 1970s experiment aiming to show that apes can communicate with language.

20th Century Fox

Our attorneys have served as counsel for 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and the Fox Entertainment Group.

Sony

Among counsel for Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Television, producers and/or distributors of some of the most successful motion pictures and programs in the world.

Bruno

Production and litigation counsel to Sacha Baron Cohen's award-winning film "Bruno."

BBC AMERICA

We've been retained by the cable network with the best in British entertainment, including sci-fi, comedy, reality, drama, documentary, and movies.

PATHÉ PRODUCTIONS LIMITED

Among the counsel for this distinguished production company, acclaimed for such films as SELMA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and PHILOMENA.

DARK HORSE

Production counsel to this Sundance-premiering, inspirational film about a barmaid who breeds a racehorse, invading a province of the privileged.

The Dictator

We have been providing legal services in connection with Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator."

The Yes Men Fix the World

Production Counsel for "The Yes Men Fix the World," the award-winning documentary film using alter-egos to expose large corporations and government agencies.

RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

We are counsel for RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE, the groundbreaking CNN series narrated by Kevin Spacey, and produced by Kevin Spacey and Raw TV.

STOP AT NOTHING: THE LANCE ARMSTRONG STORY

We're production counsel for this riveting film from producers of Academy Award winning, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, and BAFTA-winning Alex Holmes.

BOLSHOI BABYLON

We are counsel to this HBO Films / Altitude Films release, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the scandal-rocked, Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.

SECRET LIVES OF AMERICANS

Counsel for groundbreaking documentary series by All3Media America and Participant Media.

OCTOBER FILMS

Based in London and New York, our client October Films is one of the UK's most respected and longest established factual television production companies. They have won over 100 international awards.

Web of Lies

We are production counsel for this compelling Discovery series that reveals stories of deception and homicide triggered by online interactions.

Locked Up Abroad

We are production counsel for "Locked Up Abroad," the National Geographic Channel's series that features inside accounts of capture, imprisonment, and pure terror, far from home.

Raw TV

US production counsel for Raw TV, a multi-award winning production company with a reputation for gripping narrative, visual innovation and journalistic vigour.

SACHA BARON COHEN

We have been production and claims counsel for Sacha Baron Cohen for over a dozen years. We have been his counsel on DA ALI G SHOW, BORAT, BRUNO, THE DICTATOR, and THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY.

Channel 4

U.S. counsel to Channel 4, Britain's second largest broadcast network and one of the world's most challenging and creative producers of television programs and films.

FIRECRACKER FILMS

We are counsel to these world-famous, award-winning creators of stylish, attention-grabbing, talked about content.

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding

Production counsel for the hit series exploring the secret world of American Gypsies, produced by Firecracker Films and broadcast by TLC.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

Jeff Holmes of our Los Angeles office is formerly Executive Vice President of MGM Worldwide Television.

NATIONAL BIRD

We are honored to be production counsel for this scathing, "bird's eye" documentary, directed by Sonia Kennebeck and exec produced by Wim Wenders and Errol Morris, about the US military drone program.

DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS

We're production counsel for this gripping Discovery series that follows extraordinary, true accounts of psychological manipulation of everyday people.

So Television

We provide legal services to this top-ranked, BAFTA-winning, UK production company founded by Graham Norton and Graham Stuart.

Ealing Studios

We are among the counsel to this legendary television/film production company, which is the oldest continuously working film studio in the world.

Nutopia

We are among the counsel for this award-winning TV production company created by former Discovery Channel US President Jane Root.

HCC INSURANCE

Claims defense counsel for one of the world's largest media insurance companies.

BRITDOC

We are counsel to this non-profit foundation, supported by Channel 4, which empowers independent documentary filmmaking.

FANTASTIC LIES

We are production counsel for this acclaimed ESPN documentary for Netflix, produced by Lightbox, on the subject of the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal

THE STORY OF GOD

We are production counsel for this six-part series on the National Geographic Channel, starring Morgan Freeman, and produced by Revelations Entertainment.

HOMEGROWN

We're production counsel to this HBO Film by Emmy-winning director Greg Barker, which offers a gripping, insider’s account of America’s counter-terrorism machine.

WE ARE THE GIANT

We're counsel on this acclaimed film, inspired by the Arab Spring. It tells stories of ordinary individuals transformed by moral and personal challenges.

RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

We are counsel for this groundbreaking CNN series narrated by Kevin Spacey, and produced by Kevin Spacey and Raw TV.

CITIZENFOUR

We're among the counsel for this Oscar-winning (Best Feature Documentary) about Edward Snowden and national security in post 9/11 America.

SmithDehn LLP's creative professionals are strategically located in cities as diverse as Los Angeles, New York, London, Washington DC, Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland, Mysore India, and Asheville North Carolina. We have over 300 film, television and other media clients on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific. SmithDehn LLP is an international law firm that delivers top-tier service, while meeting the needs and budgets of companies and individuals in ways that few large firms can. We also are the only media and entertainment law firm that provides both US and UK legal services. We handle contract drafting, deal making, and content/compliance solutions in both the US and the UK. In addition, we handle litigation matters across the US, and litigation support services in the UK. Our attorneys include expert practitioners who came from the top of the legal departments of Discovery, the BBC, 20th Century Fox, and ITV. Our clients have included many of the most successful production companies in the world, over half of the major Hollywood film studios, and several of the world's leading television networks. We also produce, finance, and sell film and television projects, through our joint venture, Convergent Media.