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Broad changes to the broad­cast­ing (and oth­er video me­dia) rules: the re­vised...
UK Me­dia & Sports High­lights 2019


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31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
02 September 2020
BGC un­veils tough new meas­ures to pro­tect un­der-18s from on­line gambling...
The Bet­ting and Gambling Coun­cil (BGC) has un­veiled a host of new rules de­signed to pro­tect chil­dren and young people from gambling ad­vert­ising in the Sixth In­dustry Code for So­cially Re­spons­ible Ad­vert­ising....
6 July 2020
Ad­vert­ising in a time of crisis
In this re­port, we have in­vest­ig­ated the key im­pacts of the cur­rent crisis on the ad­vert­ising in­dustry. We have con­sidered from both ends of the spec­trum – both the im­pact on brands and ad­vert­isers but also on pub­lish­ers and me­dia own­ers across vari­ous ch
05 August 2020
AVMS Up­date Part II – European Com­mis­sion guid­ance on the defin­i­tion of...
As per our re­cent up­date, the European Com­mis­sion (the Com­mis­sion) has pub­lished guidelines on the rules con­cern­ing the pro­mo­tion of European works on on-de­mand pro­viders in the re­vised Au­di­ovisu­al Me­dia...
January 2020
Fund­ing for films, tele­vi­sion and oth­er au­dio-visu­al works in West­ern Europe
23 July 2020
The EU’s Di­git­al Copy­right Dir­ect­ive – Where now for the UK?
Back­ground The Di­git­al Copy­right Dir­ect­ive (the “Dir­ect­ive”) forms part of the EU’s Di­git­al Single Mar­ket pro­gramme of re­forms and came in­to force just over a year ago now on 6 June 2019. The UK...
January 2020
UK Me­dia and Sports High­lights 2019
Fol­low­ing a highly suc­cess­ful 2018, CMS ex­per­i­enced an­oth­er busy year with lots of in­ter­est­ing me­dia and sports work. Read more about our achieve­ments here.
21 July 2020
AVMS Up­date – European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes guid­ance on cal­cu­la­tion of...
The European Com­mis­sion (the Com­mis­sion) has provided two sets of non-bind­ing guidelines to help Mem­ber States im­ple­ment the re­vised Au­di­ovisu­al Me­dia Ser­vices Dir­ect­ive (AVMS Dir­ect­ive) in­to na­tion­al...
17 October 2019
CMS ad­vises ICC on ground-break­ing di­git­al con­tent part­ner­ship with Face­book
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised the In­ter­na­tion­al Crick­et Coun­cil on its latest di­git­al con­tent rights tender pro­cess, which saw Face­book be­come the ex­clus­ive di­git­al con­tent rights part­ner in the In­di­an sub-con­tin­ent for all of the ICC glob­al even
13 July 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion con­sults on on­line slots game design and re­verse with­draw­als
On 9 Ju­ly 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it is con­sult­ing on changes to the reg­u­la­tion of on­line slot games design. This fol­lows the Com­mis­sion’s in­dustry chal­lenge re­port, which it pub­lished...
19 July 2019
CMS ad­vises BBC on trans­form­a­tion­al part­ner­ship with ITV to launch Brit­Box...
CMS ad­vises BBC on trans­form­a­tion­al part­ner­ship with ITV to launch Brit­Box stream­ing ser­vice in UK. Find out more.
06 July 2020
Ser­afin v Malk­iewicz - un­fair tri­als and the pub­lic in­terest de­fence in...
The Su­preme Court’s judg­ment in Ser­afin v Malk­iewicz and oth­ers [2020] UK­SC 23 is not­able for two reas­ons: It up­held the trenchant cri­ti­cism made by the Court of Ap­peal of the first in­stance judge,...