Christianson & Wallentin is one of few Swedish law firms specializing in media and entertainment law.
Our legal services include advice on rights clearance, acquisition of underlying rights, development, structuring and financing extending into all questions relating to the production, distribution and exploitation of Swedish and international co-productions of feature film and television projects. We also give advice on all aspects of commercial film production. In addition to providing customary legal services we provide advice and deep know-how on business affairs matters relating to financing, production and exploitation of film and television productions and other works protected by copyright.
After almost 20 years of experience of the Swedish media- och television business we have an excellent network of contacts with all major parties in the industry including broadcasters, distributors, agents, the guilds and collecting societies.
We have had the privilege of being the Swedish Film & TV Producers Association’s official external law firm advising the Association and its member companies, being producers and production companies, in various production associated matters since 2006. Since 2017 we are approved by Netflix as being outside production counsels for original productions commissioned by Netflix in Sweden.
The above services specially include advice, negotiation and drafting of:
Option- and film rights agreements, scriptwriting agreements
Agreements relating to funding, co-production, revenue participation/recoupment schedules
Production agreements including cast and crew agreements and location agreements, clearances and film music agreements.
Errors and omissions insurance and completion bond agreements.
Distribution and exploitation agreements including merchandise and remake and spin-off rights.
Since 2012, Christianson & Wallentin has had a close affiliation with international law firm SmithDehn LLP which is specialized in media and entertainment and based mainly in the UK and the US. Through our work with SmithDehn, we have fast and easy access not only to legal advice regarding UK and US law, but also to deep industry knowledge related to these territories, which is truly an asset for our clients in their international projects.