Tim Johnson, Partner, Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications
I am a leading expert in the field of media and entertainment content and infrastructure with over 25 years' experience spent advising US studios, broadcasters, producers, distributors, sales agents, financiers and communications infrastructure providers. I lead the firm's TMT Sector Group and head the firm's Media Practice Group.
I have a particular expertise in the structuring of multi-party financing for film and television projects. I also advise on rights licensing and ownership issues and the creation and exploitation of media assets in both traditional media and emerging digital media. I regularly provide support on corporate transactions in the media field. I have worked on projects as diverse as the oscar-winning feature film The King's Speech, the highly-regarded Woman in Black, the sale of the BBC Audiobooks business and the establishment of media asset financing funds. I have a particular interest in satellite communications, having spent time on secondment to SES Astra in Luxembourg.
Of the firm's clients, I regularly represent Exclusive Media and Hammer Films, Rocket Pictures, BBC Worldwide, Aegis Film Fund, Ingenious Media, Lions Gate, Warner Bros, Svensk Filmindustri, and Swarovski Entertainment
I have been consistently named as a leading practitioner in the Media and Entertainment/Media Finance sector in the Legal 500 and Chambers for over fifteen years. Chambers UK describes me as having 'a great reputation for courting good relationships in the film and television sector' and quotes a client as saying 'I enjoy dealing with him as I know the deal will be done efficiently for the good of all concerned'.
I am a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
I have spoken widely and published articles on media-related topics. I co-authored a text on the law and regulation of satellite communications and have acted as an expert for the Economic and Social Committee of the European Parliament on media and communications related issues.
The Legal 500 2014 says I am "very commerical" and "knows the business inside out"
Chambers UK 2015 says I am "logical and commercial" and can "turn his hand to a variety of media deals"
I studied law at Cambridge University.
In my spare time I enjoy watching rugby, touring my native West Country and spending time with my family.