The firm represents television networks and assists with complex regulatory and privacy issues, on a domestic and international scale."

Our firm assists Major Studios, as well as independent producers and TV channels in connection with audiovisual content production and distribution (movies, TV series, documentaries and other audio-visual works, including advertising and merchandising materials). Over the years we have provided assistance throughout all phases of the process of making a film: chain of titleoption to purchase rights, rights clearance, agreements with talentsdistribution licenses, etc. We dealt with all the different issues involved, for example:

Development Phase
Chain of Title
Rights clearance including:

  • Pre-existing works
  • Music
  • Trademarks
  • Name, Life Story and Likeness
  • Screenplay
  • Format

Option Purchase Agreements

Pre-Production and Production Phases
Co-Production Agreements
Pledge and Deed of Assignment
Production Services Agreements
Casting Agreements
Agreements with Talents (actors, TV hosts, voice actors, etc.) and Writers (screenwriters, directors, etc.)
Agreements with Celebrities
Locations Agreements
Releases for filming in Italy
Assistance on the set in case of critical situations
Employment issues and visas

Post-Production Phase
Music Agreements
Dubbing Agreements and Voiceover Agreements
Distribution License Agreements
Home Video
Program Licensing Contracts 

Among other things, we have provided analysis and advice with respect to copyright, trademark and publicity rights issues, and on remedies available, with respect to:

Since 2008, our professionals have given lectures at the “Master in Management of Television and Movie Production” organized each year by LUISS Guido Carli Business School in Rome.

I consider Portolano Cavallo to be one of the top 5 firms in the TMT sector. Regarding all regulatory aspects of the media industry, we have not found any other firm that can compete with Portolano Cavallo in Italy."
LEGAL 500 EMEA 2024 - TMT
The firm is known for advising clients in the creative industries, including entertainment and IT."


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