Royal Opera House

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

THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY

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

Manhunt

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paper Heart

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lion Television

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

The Dictator

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

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.

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.

SECRET LIVES OF AMERICANS

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

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.

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.

20th Century Fox

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

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.

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.

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.

Nutopia

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

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.

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.

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.

Media Rights Capital

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

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.

Channel 5

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

Studio Lambert

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paramount Pictures

We are among the outside counsel for Paramount Pictures.

ITV

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

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.

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.

Da Ali G Show

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

DARK HORSE

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

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.

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.

IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE

We are production counsel for this investigatory series by All3Media America, narrated by Martin Sheen for Investigation Discovery

So Television

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

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.

SELMA

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

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.

HCC INSURANCE

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

Web of Lies

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

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

BLAST! FILMS

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

Stairway to Heaven

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

HBO

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

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.

LOVE PRODUCTIONS

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

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.

Borat

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

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.

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.

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.

InRealLife

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

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB: ADIOS

This film, directed by 2-time Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker and set for release on May 26, 2017, was produced by our joint venture, Convergent Media. We also served as production counsel.

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.

BAFTA

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

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.

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.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

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

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.

DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS

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

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.

CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM

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

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.

James Bond

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

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.

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.

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.

BRITDOC

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

The Graham Norton Show

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

Dirty Wars

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

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

CITIZENFOUR

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

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.

The Green Prince

The Flaw - Studio Lambert

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

The Pitch

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

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.

SmithDehn Plans New Office in Northern Ireland; Plus a New Film and Television Company

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As reported this week in Screen Daily, a leading source for international news of the film and television industry:

"US media law firm SmithDehn LLP is planning to open an office in or near Derry, Northern Ireland, where it will expand its involvement in film and TV. The US firm, whose clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, HBO, Channel 4 and ITV, has partnered with production outfit Social Construct Films to form Convergent Media, with the ambition to branch into TV development, financing, production and sales. At a launch event this week, the company unveiled plans for a film project which it described as a 'positive, uplifting, scripted drama about Northern Ireland.' Convergent Media’s Creative Director and Founder Zak Kilberg said the company has three feature films and three television series in development for production. SmithDehn partner and Convergent Media chief executive Russell Smith said: 'This is a natural progression for our law firm, as we’ve developed both expertise and extensive contacts in the business, from Los Angeles to the UK and Ireland. Our tie-up with Convergent Media is a match made in heaven, allowing us to merge those strengths with the proven talents of our new film and television collaborators.'”

Once home to the "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry is now internationally recognized as a shining example of peace and progress. Derry also is one of the world's best five tourist destinations, according to last year's editions of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. As the BBC reported last week, SmithDehn noticed Derry and its surrounding areas on both sides of the border "because Derry is a spirited and enthusiastic city." As one of our partners said in the BBC report: "Derry has a magic, it has a spirit, it has the X-factor that we are looking for, and talent that is under-utilised."

As for Social Construct Films ("SCF"), which is SmithDehn's partner in forming Convergent Media, SCF is a US-based, Sundance award-winning company with a diverse slate of completed feature films (including titles acquired by IFC, HBO, Lionsgate, and Tribeca), together with a growing presence in development, packaging and international sales.

The plans for SmithDehn Northern Ireland and Convergent Media came on the heels of the first semester of an internationally acclaimed graduate-level course run by SmithDehn at the University of Ulster, together with top executives of HBO and Channel 4. Quoted in The Lawyer magazine, one of SmithDehn's partners summarized the situation as follows: “Our film and television course in Derry has been a wildly successful experiment. It has proven to us that in and around Derry and the Northwest of Ireland, there is an amazing supply of under-utilised talent. We want a European front office, not a back office.” The magazine went on to report that "the Vice President for Legal affairs at HBO, Peter Rienecker, taught the programme alongside HBO’s Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for Programming and Marketing, Viviane Eisenberg." Channel 4 General Counsel Prash Naik also co-taught the course. The former Vice President for Legal Affairs at Discovery, Laura Farina, who recently joined SmithDehn, will join the faculty next year.

Our latest news also attracted the attention of the Irish Film & Television Academy, which hosts the Irish version of the Oscars. The IFTA's news outlet reported this week as follows:

"At a launch party in Derry attended by HBO executives, Derry City officials, filmmakers, production companies, and hundreds of other supporters from across the UK, the US, and Ireland, SmithDehn and Convergent Media laid out bold plans for film and television development, financing, production, sales, and legal services. The local hiring process for these companies is already underway in both Northern Ireland and across the border. SmithDehn Northern Ireland (‘SDNI’) plans to hire and train legal talent from across the Northwest of Ireland to service SmithDehn's hundreds of film/television clients regarding US legal matters. SmithDehn's attorneys are the legal architects behind ‘Da Ali G show’ and ‘Borat’, as well as acclaimed features like ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ and ‘The Imposter.’ At the New York/New Belfast Conference and Index 50 Luncheon at Fordham University next month, sponsored by The Irish Echo and KPMG, SmithDehn will be one of 50 transatlantic companies honoured for their business between the U.S. and Ireland.... Social Construct Media's Creative Director and Founder Zak Kilberg said this: 'We are thrilled to be in partnership with SmithDehn and to be launching our European company together, in the NorthWest of Ireland. There is a vast wealth of untapped creative talent, resources, and stories here, ready to be discovered, utilized and told. We're excited to connect all of this to the worldwide film and television market.'”