Digital terrestrial television, the digital dividend, telecoms convergence, on-demand videos and technological advances are all evolving and redefining the audiovisual landscape.

These new developments are changing the way in which operators (authors, publishers, broadcasters and distributors) communicate and they regularly bring up new issues: access to rights and premium contents, underlying exclusivity agreements, media pluralism and anti-concentration provisions being just some of these.

Magenta can provide clients with sector-specific expertise, and its experience in antitrust law, in order to answer these various questions. The firm assists its clients – electronic communications operators, press and audiovisual firms, content editors and distributors – in the following areas:

  • Regulatory advice (anti-concentration provisions, remote purchasing, spectrum management and allocation of frequencies etc.).
  • Drafting and negotiating rights purchasing contracts.
  • Help in setting up new media (launching publications, new chains etc.).

Some of our recent assignments :

Acting for a pay television services distributor in connection with public consultations by the competition authority in the sector.

Acting for operators in connection with the takeover of media companies (press/radio/television) and in understanding the national and local rules to prevent concentration in the press and audiovisual industry.

Negotiating rights purchasing contracts to create a package of channels.

Acting for an operator in connection with the creation of a DTT channel.