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These are exciting times for the media sector, given the opportunities – and challenges – arising from the convergence of media, technology and telecoms, consolidation to counter the competition from tech giants, changes in consumer behaviour and content delivery, the proliferation of data, and an ever-changing regulatory regime heavily influenced by political and economic factors.

Our outstanding team of media lawyers advises on all aspects and sub-sectors of media. Our heritage in, commitment to and in-depth knowledge of the media landscape continue to ensure we can quickly focus on what really matters to you. We understand your business and can help you make the decisions that protect your position and maximise your commercial opportunities. You will see that the reputation we have for a strong commercial approach and a desire to get things done is thoroughly deserved.

CMS is ranked Tier 1 for Media and Entertainment (including Media Finance) in Legal 500 UK 2021, Tier 1 for Media in Media Law International 2020 and proudly won ‘Entertainment Firm of the Year’ at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2019.

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UK Me­dia & Sports High­lights 2021
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23/09/2022
Bet­way fined for ad­vert­ising breaches
In­tro­duc­tion On 12 Septem­ber 2022, the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it had fined Bet­way Lim­ited more than £400,000 for ad­vert­ising its ser­vices on sec­tions of a web­site aimed at chil­dren. The Com­mis­sion...
14/09/2022
The ASA rules that the ads of two gambling com­pan­ies were so­cially ir­re­spons­ible
In­tro­duc­tion On 3 Au­gust 2022, the Ad­vert­ising Stand­ards Au­thor­ity (the ASA) pub­lished two rul­ings, each up­hold­ing com­plaints in re­la­tion to gambling ads. Both ads, a TV ad for LC In­ter­na­tion­al Ltd (trad­ing...
01/09/2022
CMS bol­sters its TMT prac­tice with Sports and Me­dia Part­ner ap­point­ment
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has strengthened its Tech­no­logy, Me­dia and Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions prac­tice with the ap­point­ment of new Sports and Me­dia Part­ner John Cloke, who will be join­ing the firm in Lon­don.John...
25/08/2022
Gambling Com­mis­sion pub­lishes ad­vice for op­er­at­ors on im­prov­ing com­plaints...
Fol­low­ing a re­view of 34 op­er­at­ors’ com­plaints policies, the Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) has pub­lished ad­vice and good prac­tice for op­er­at­ors on com­plaints hand­ling. The Com­mis­sion’s...
11/08/2022
The word is out: The De­fam­a­tion and Ma­li­cious Pub­lic­a­tion (Scot­land) Act...
The De­fam­a­tion and Ma­li­cious Pub­lic­a­tion (Scot­land) Act 2021 (“the Act”) was passed un­an­im­ously by the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment on 2 March 2021 and re­ceived Roy­al As­sent on 21 April 2021. After a long...
09/08/2022
Loot boxes will not be reg­u­lated (yet)
Fol­low­ing a 22-month Con­sulta­tion, the gov­ern­ment has de­cided that loot boxes in video games will not be banned in the UK un­der the Gambling Act or reg­u­lated through oth­er le­gis­lat­ive changes. In­stead...
09/08/2022
Was Za­ra away with the Fair­ies?
Za­ra v House of Zana – How close is too close? We’ve all read the news and seen the out­come. The trade marks ‘Za­ra’ and ‘House of Zana’ have been deemed not sim­il­ar for the pur­pose of a UK...
08/08/2022
CMS Me­dia Up­date Morn­ing 2022
In April this year, the long awaited me­dia white pa­per was fi­nally pub­lished. While changes in Gov­ern­ment may have delayed pub­lic­a­tion of the draft me­dia bill un­til after the sum­mer re­cess, me­dia part­ner Vic­tor­ia Gaskell is here, along­side Seni­or As­so­ci­ates Sam Oustayi­an­nis and Re­becca Platt, to give us a com­pre­hens­ive in­tro­duc­tion to the white pa­per and over­view of what ex­actly it cov­ers. They then drill down on three par­tic­u­lar areas of re­form that are fo­cused on in the white pa­per, be­ing: en­hanced VOD reg­u­la­tion; the re­vised prom­in­ence re­gime and po­ten­tial changes to the lis­ted events re­gime.With the con­tin­ued polit­ic­al un­cer­tainty it re­mains to be seen when ex­actly the draft me­dia bill will be pub­lished, how­ever, we’ll be sure to up­date you as soon as we know more.
20/07/2022
CMS ad­vises BT on joint ven­ture with Warner Bros. Dis­cov­ery to cre­ate new...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised BT Group (BT) on its agree­ment with Warner Bros. Dis­cov­ery, Inc. (Warner Bros. Dis­cov­ery) to form a 50:50 joint ven­ture com­pany to cre­ate a new premi­um sports of­fer­ing...
01/07/2022
ASA rules on three Paddy Power ads
On 15 June 2022, the ASA pub­lished its rul­ings on three sep­ar­ate ads for Paddy Power. The ASA held that one ad, which was shown on TV and video-on-de­mand ser­vices (VOD), breached the BCAP Code and the...
16/06/2022
In­vest­ig­at­ive Journ­al­ist, Car­oline Cad­wal­ladr, suc­cess­fully de­fends li­bel...
Back­ground Sum­mary Judg­ment was handed down on 13 June 2022 in the li­bel claim Banks v Cad­wal­ladr ([2022] EWHC 1417 (QB)), in fa­vour of freel­ance journ­al­ist Car­ole Cad­wal­ladr. A five-day tri­al took place...
16/06/2022
Only Fools and Char­ac­ters – can copy­right ex­ist in lit­er­ary char­ac­ters?
On 8 June 2022, the In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty En­ter­prise Court (“IPEC”)  handed down its judg­ment in Shazam Pro­duc­tions Ltd v Only Fools The Din­ing Ex­per­i­ence Ltd & Ors [2022] EWHC 1379 (IPEC), ul­ti­mately...