Lion Television

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

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.

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.

Studio Lambert

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


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

Real Detective

Every detective has one. The case that takes him or her to the brink. The one that takes hold and won't let go. From investigation Discovery and WAM Group (Toronto). We’re production counsel.

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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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

Da Ali G Show

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.

The Graham Norton Show

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


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

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.

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.


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


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

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.

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.

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.

Royal Opera House

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


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

Media Rights Capital

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


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.


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


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

Channel 5

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

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.

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.

The Flaw - Studio Lambert

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


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

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.


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


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

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.


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.

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.

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.

Paramount Pictures

We are among the outside counsel for Paramount Pictures.

Dirty Wars

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

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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

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.

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.


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


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


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

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.

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.

James Bond

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


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


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

The Dictator

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


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

Web of Lies

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


Our latest Irish punk rock clients, the Derry/Londonderry band, TOUTS. With a name like TOUTS, it doesn't get more "in yer face" than this.


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.

So Television

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

20th Century Fox

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


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

Stairway to Heaven

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


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.


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.


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

The Pitch

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


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.


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


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.


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

The Green Prince

Paper Heart

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

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.


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

SmithDehn LLP Expands Hollywood Film and TV Practice; Adds LA Entertainment Attorney Jeff Holmes

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In a significant expansion of SmithDehn LLP's entertainment law practice, involving for the first time a year-round, physical presence of our firm in Los Angeles, acclaimed LA media and entertainment attorney Jeff Holmes has joined us. The addition of Jeff complements our work for an already growing Hollywood clientele, which has included Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Media Rights Capital, and HBO, as well as top-notch talent such as Sacha Baron Cohen, for whom we have been production and claims counsel in relation to "Ali G," "Borat," and "Bruno."

Jeff has vast experience in every aspect of legal work for television and film production companies and projects. As Executive Vice President of MGM Worldwide Television, Vice President for Business Affairs at Twentieth Century Fox, and COO and Executive Vice President of Skouras Pictures, and in the course of his later private practice, Jeff has become a leading expert in his field.

At MGM, where the Chairman of the Board publicly described Jeff as the company’s “superstar," Jeff reported directly to the President and was responsible for all legal aspects of the company's television division. In particular, Jeff negotiated and oversaw the administration of TV output and volume licensing agreements (including such deals as the renewal of the MGM/Showtime pay-TV output agreement in the United States — one of the largest deals in MGM’s history). Jeff also helped establish and supervise the administration of MGM's interests in basic and pay TV channels in Latin America (CineCanal, Telecine, and MGM Networks Latin America), Portugal (Telecine Portugal), Japan (Star Channel), Australia (Optus), Israel (TelAd), India (Zee), and Turkey (Digiturk). Jeff also negotiated co-production and acquisition agreements for films and TV series, supervised and resolved the day-to-day issues of MGM's TV and advertising sales offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong, and handled issues involving MGM’s Technical Services, Rights Clearance, and Contract Administration departments.

At Twentieth Century Fox, Jeff created and implemented a program to acquire distribution rights to independent feature films, negotiated and drafted TV output agreements throughout the world, negotiated and drafted co-production and format agreements, administered acquisition of third party libraries (involving a wide variety of contract, collection, and agency issues), and supervised in-house counsel.

At Skouras Pictures, the distributor of acclaimed films such as "The Comfort of Strangers," “My Life As A Dog” and "Blood Simple," Jeff reported directly to the CEO, and managed all aspects of production, acquisition, distribution, financial planning, business affairs, and legal functions. Jeff also was a member of the Board of Directors, participated in taking the company public, and negotiated and implemented a wide variety of agreements, including pay, pay-per-view, syndication, and basic television agreements, international subdistribution licenses, an acquisition and distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures (under which about 30 first-run films were acquired and distributed), a series of joint venture acquisition and distribution agreements, financing agreements, and an asset purchase agreement for the sale of the company's film library. Jeff also oversaw motion picture production (including the negotiation of interparty agreements, talent negotiations, and budget review), and prepared and implemented significant overhead reductions, while liaising with outside counsel, auditors, producers, subdistributors, and lenders.

In his personal life, Jeff has many interests, especially involving world travel and adventure. He is a Director of the Adventurer's Club of Los Angeles, a group of explorers, travelers, journalists, authors and scientists who have gone, for example, to the rough country of Baja California, to the summit of Mount Ararat and the Matterhorn, to the Amazon jungles and over the Humac Mountains into Brazil from French Guiana, to Antarctica and the length of the Mackenzie River to the Artic, to rivers of the Nile and Congo, river runs of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and El Sumidero Canyon of Mexico, to the "Lost World in Venezuela," the jungles of New Guinea, the outback in Australia, on small craft to numerous islands of the Pacific, and to many other places.