We have a long history advising clients in the media and entertainment sector with a more recent focus on film production financing – a specialist form of asset finance.
The team has local and international experience acting for major studios and independent producers on a range of production financing transactions, including official treaty and European co-productions, as well as purchase and assumption (P&A) and sale and leaseback schemes.
Our entertainment finance
team understands the pressures of production finance for both high budget and independent
projects. We work on projects involving multiple jurisdictions in compressed
timeframes taking a commercial and collaborative approach to transaction
management and resolving legal issues.
The team has acted
for producers, distributors, sale agents, completion guarantors, equity
investors and debt funders on a wide range of media financing structures. In
particular, we regularly advise financiers including ANZ and major
offshore funders providing cash-flow funding against the New Zealand Film
Commission’s production grants for feature films; the International and New
Zealand Screen Production Grants, and the former Screen Production Incentive
Our team can guide
you through the whole process, from meeting grant eligibility criteria, through
negotiating production funding agreements and co-production agreements and liaising
with the New Zealand Film Commission.
In addition, our team
offers full service support to its producer and financier clients, providing
commercial, production consents and clearances, tax, intellectual property,
dispute resolution, employment, cast and crew agreements, health and safety,
insurance and immigration and other specialist advice.