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Dispute Prevention and Resolution in the Film and Media Industry

Organized by the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center
Sponsored by Bird & Bird

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 - Bird & Bird, 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP 6.00pm for 6.30 pm


Speakers: Peter Brownlow, Sarah Theurich, Sarah Walker and Tony Stern
Moderators: Trevor Cook and Ike Ehiribe

The time frame and costs involved in film and media productions mean that disputes with partners, participants and rights holders can have highly disruptive effects on schedules and budgets. The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has developed tailored Mediation and Expedited Arbitration procedures for film and media disputes. These offer a neutral time and cost effective dispute resolution option for the film and media sector, facilitated by mediators and arbitrators from the international WIPO Film and Media Panel with relevant industry expertise. Disputes arising from TV format use, co-production agreements, distribution deals, new media exploitation are just some of the areas where the new WIPO procedures can be an efficient option. At the Seminar, specialized legal professionals will discuss with a WIPO representative and an expert from the TV format industry about film and media dispute resolution needs and what the new WIPO option offers.

  • Peter Brownlow, a Partner in Bird & Bird, London, will address the necessity for Mediation and Arbitration in Film and Media Disputes
    PowerPoint Presentation
  • Sarah Theurich, a Legal Officer with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, will discuss the development of the WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media disputes
    PowerPoint Presentation
  • Sarah Walker, a partner in Bird & Bird, London, will address the drafting of Efficient Dispute Resolution clauses in Film and Media transactions
    PowerPoint Presentation
  • Tony Stern, Executive Vice President Commercial and Business Affairs, Fremantle Media Worldwide Entertainment London, will discuss Disputes in the TV Format Industry
    PowerPoint Presentation

The seminar will be moderated by Trevor Cook, Partner in Bird & Bird, London, and Ike Ehiribe, Barrister and Chartered Arbitrator at 7 Stone Buildings Intellectual Property in Lincoln’s Inn London.

Following the Seminar, which will conclude around 8.00pm Bird & Bird will generously host a reception for the speakers and all attendees.

There will be no charge to attend this event but attendees MUST register in advance with CIArb London Branch’s Administrator, at: elinor@thevirtualpartnership.co.uk