Manhunt

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

Stairway to Heaven

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

James Bond

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

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.

Nutopia

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

HCC INSURANCE

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

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.

CITIZENFOUR

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

Media Rights Capital

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

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.

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.

ITV

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

Dirty Wars

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

BAFTA

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

InRealLife

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

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.

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 People's Couch

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

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.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Web of Lies

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

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.

FIRECRACKER FILMS

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

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.

Da Ali G Show

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

TOUTS

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.

The Graham Norton Show

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

The Dictator

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

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.

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.

Paramount Pictures

We are among the outside counsel for Paramount Pictures.

20th Century Fox

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

LOVE PRODUCTIONS

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

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.

Borat

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

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.

Royal Opera House

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

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.

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.

So Television

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

BLAST! FILMS

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

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.

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.

SECRET LIVES OF AMERICANS

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

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.

Lion Television

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

Channel 5

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

BRITDOC

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

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.

Bruno

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

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.

DARK HORSE

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paper Heart

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

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.

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.

The Flaw - Studio Lambert

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

DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS

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

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.

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.

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.

Studio Lambert

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

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.

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.

HBO

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

The Pitch

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

SELMA

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

The Green Prince

CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM

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

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.

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.

THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY

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

News Round-Up: Hbo Chief Counsel Joins SmithDehn in Teaching Media Law Course; Oscar Nod and Ratings Coup for SmithDehn Clients; SmithDehn Lawyers on Google Film Panel

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The burgeoning television and film production industry in Northern Ireland soon will get a further boost, as international media and entertainment lawyers, led by SmithDehn LLP and joined by top attorneys at HBO, arrive in February 2014 to teach law students and graduates and train recruits for a possible new office of SmithDehn in Derry. In that connection, the Law School at the University of Ulster is now accepting applications from students and graduates throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Great Britain for an innovative, industry-collaborative, media law course that will be taught by some of the best professionals in the field.

The teaching team will include two of the leading in-house lawyers at HBO, namely, Viviane Eisenberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for Programming and Marketing, and Peter Rienecker, Vice President for Legal Affairs. Leading the team will be New York-based Russell Smith, co-founder of SmithDehn, which is now seeking to establish a second foothold in Europe through a Derry-based operation. Also teaching the UU module in the city will be Laura Farina, now a member of SmithDehn, but until recently Vice President for Legal Affairs at Discovery, in charge of all claims and litigation for Discovery's dozens of television networks worldwide. Other "Visiting Professors" tentatively planning to assist are legendary media insurance expert Chad Milton, as well as SmithDehn attorneys Frank Dehn, Michael Delehanty, Andrew Baker, Michael Cleaver, and Abhinav Chandan.

Overseeing and helping to design the course is Dr. Eugene McNamee, Head of the Law School. Says Dr. McNamee: "Partners from SmithDehn already have made multiple trips to the campus, and they've interacted with dozens of law students here. The American lawyers told me they were very impressed with the energy, intelligence, and enthusiasm of the potential recruits available. I understand that SmithDehn can hardly wait to educate, train, and hire participants in the module." Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Philip Gilliland reacted to the news as follows: "This breakthrough for Derry is further proof of how our city is fast becoming an exciting, go-to place for globally-literate, world-class, tech-savvy talent to live, teach, work, study, and expand or start a business."

The principal goal of the course is to create student employability to service the growing media and entertainment sector. The teaching will be problem-based and practical, with an aim to create a "work-ready" group of graduates for legal services in the film, television, and sports industries. The attorneys at SmithDehn, who are spearheading the course, already have been retained by hundreds of film and television studios, production companies, and broadcast networks. Their client list stretches from HBO to Ali G/Borat; from Sony Pictures to Graham Norton; to Paramount Pictures, ITV and Channel 4, to mention just a few out of many.

The target applicants for the course are law students and graduates (not necessarily professionally qualified) seeking to enhance their employability or upgrade their skills in relation to media law practice. Potential employers might include specialist media law firms such as SmithDehn, law firms seeking to develop an expertise in this area, and media/entertainment companies looking to bolster their in-house legal team.

The course module will run on the Magee (Derry/Londonderry) campus over one semester on six alternate Saturdays, starting February 8th, 2014; with class-times from 10am to 5pm (two 3 hour sessions with 1 hour lunch break). Interest in this module is expected to be high, and places will be restricted to 25. Applications for a place should come in the form of a CV with a one-page covering letter explaining interest and motivation. Applications will be accepted by email toe.carlin@ulster.ac.uk, with the message subject line, "Media Law Module." Thedeadline for applications is January 10th 2014.

RATINGS COUPS AND OSCAR NODS FOR SMITHDEHN TV AND FILM CLIENTS:

In other news, "Gold Rush," the RawTV/Discovery hit television series legally shepherded by production counsel Mike Cleaver of SmithDehn, is currently (a) the most popular show on cable television among all demographics, and (b) the most popular show among men, across all TV platforms.

We are also happy to report that one of the television series we've been working on for All3Media America, "The People's Couch," this week was picked up by Bravo/NBC for a full season, after a trial run of three episodes in October. The People's Couch "turns the cameras on households in America as they laugh, cry, talk, gasp and scream at their TVs. Whether it's a group of sorority sisters doing their nails or grandparents watching with their technology-obsessed grandchildren, each group will bring their hilarious, unique commentary about TV's hottest moments to the small screen." According to Lara Spotts, Vice President of Development at Bravo: "The People's Couch is a funny, unfiltered comment on America's current TV viewing habits."

Last but not least, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announcedthat "Dirty Wars," the hard-hitting feature documentary film on which SmithDehn co-founder Frank Dehn has been production counsel, has moved into the list of top 15 contenders for an Oscar for 2013.

SMITHDEHN ATTORNEYS TO LEAD GOOGLE+ FILM LAW PANEL:

In other news, SmithDehn attorneys Russell Smith and Abhinav Chandan will join Lathrop & Gage partner Lincoln Bandlow on the law panel for the Unofficial Google+ Film Festival this Saturday December 14. These three legal professionals will talk about many of the legal issues involving content and filming. With "war stories" from movies such as Borat, Muscle Shoals, Big Boys Gone Bananas, and Searching For Sugar Man, the panelists will explode the myths about what contributor agreements should look like, what constitutes fair use in film, and various "do's" and "don'ts" when shooting and editing a film.