Film and Television

Ilieva, Voutcheva & Co. Law Firm is one of the most competent in the country when it comes to the field of media and telecommunications. As part of our specialization we very often work with and support TV and film productions. We have advised Nova Television for 9 years on a day-to-day basis regarding overall activity, licenses, trademarks, copyright, advertising, TV series, show programs, performers’ contracts, etc. We have also participated in the sale of Nova Television to the Modern Times Group for 620 million Euros, representing Antena Group.

As part of the team of one of the national TV channels we have been part and have worked on all possible types of contracts and agreements accompanying its activity. During the past years one of the leading film production companies in Bulgaria “Camera” Ltd. has been our client. Undoubtedly the creative process and production of TV and film have to be backed by modern and appropriate legal assistance in order to generate the expected revenue. As experts in the sector we have taken part in the creation and development of the contemporary media laws of Bulgaria.

We provide expert legal advice in the following areas:

  • M&A in the media market
  • Broadcast regulations, licensing, registration
  • Cable TV
  • Copyright issues
  • Co-productions
  • Crowdfunding
  • Advertising, sponsorship, discounting sales/distribution advances
  • Electronic publishing
  • Film funds, film, TV & video finance, production and distribution
  • Performers/artists’ contracts
  • Production deals
  • Merchandising
  • Rights acquisitions
  • Sale & leaseback deals
  • Satellite and transponder agreements
  • TV/ license applications
  • Union/guild agreements
  • Writer’s agreements
  • Public regulation and media market management

The Tax Department provides specific advice on taxation of income from intellectual property rights and personal income tax of authors, screenwriters, actors, producers, directors and other individuals taking part in the process of development of a film or a TV series. Our lawyers provide representation before the National Revenue Agency and the respective courts in litigation cases to corporate and individual clients.

The IP team consults on all matters regarding national and international copyrights, their use and licensing to third parties. We advise on issues regarding intellectual property rights on all kinds of New Media platforms. We have developed a team of experienced specialists in the filling of applications for trade mark, industrial designs and patents before national and international authorities. We navigate disputes with third parties over a large spectrum of IP issues.

Thanks to our membership in Globalaw our clients may rely on our close relations with law firms in Central and Eastern Europe as well as on our contacts in over 80 countries worldwide.