Peter specialises in providing commercial legal advice to clients in the media and entertainment sectors, particularly relating to the financing, production and exploitation of filmed content for feature films and television. His clients include feature and documentary film producers, television producers and during his career he has represented all of the major studios and many of the banks involved in financing filmed content. From 1998 to 2009 he was head of the Film and Television team at Bird & Bird LLP where he is still a consultant.
He is currently very involved in content production and projects involved include:-
“Lies we Tell”, “Dancer”, “Interlude in Prague”. “No Way Through”, “Angels in the Asylum” and “Blinded by the Light”.
“Doc Martin” – Peter is currently working on Series 9 having acted for the producers on each of the previous series, its precursors and spin offs since 1994 – “Manhunt”, “Islands of America”,
Peter has also acted for a number of prominent documentary film makers including Nick Broomfield, Vikram Jayanti, Sophie Fiennes and Ben Lewis.
Content financiers that Peter has acted for include Natixis Coficiné, Rarebird, Scotts Atlantic, Berliner Bank, Guinness Mahon, British & Commonwealth Merchant Bank, Invicta Capital, Magna Films, Premiere Picture and CP Medien.
He is also currently involved in unwinding a number of major film sale and leaseback deals.
Throughout has professional career Peter has been very involved in training; principally of content producers but also of young people wanting to pursue other careers in the audiovisual industries. Beginning in 1991 he helped devise and deliver training programmes for would-be film producers in Eastern and Central Europe, following which he worked consistently with the Media Business School throughout its existence and helped to design and deliver many of its courses including Film Business School, Television Business School and Film Business School Latin American. He has lectured at the National Film and Television School, and the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris amongst other educational institutions. Peter recently helped structure and deliver New Media Law’s Diploma course in Media Law and Business Affairs at the University ofWestminster and has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of the new BA Filmmaking degree scheme at Aberystwyth University.
Peter has spoken at industry events and conferences across the world and is also an arbitrator to the WIPO film and media arbitration scheme.