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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The television market is set for expansion as the government announces plans to increase national coverage, meanwhile the country’s regulator has granted licenses to five media groups.
The Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information launched a project in November 2018 that aims to achieve universal television coverage. The ministry will provide signals to
non-television parts of the country known as
In May 2018, the National Council for Radio and Television granted television licenses to Skai TV, Star, Alpha, Antenna and E TV. Communications Minister Nikos Pappas commended the decision to grant licenses, He said: “The state regulates. Piracy ends. Permits cost”.
In other industry developments, the government introduced a 25 per cent cash rebate for productions filmed in Greece as part of a EUR75 million annual fund. The initiative was introduced in
April 2018 and applies to national and international documentary features, television series, animations and video games for traditional or interactive platforms.
In the same month, Greek telecoms company Wind partnered with Google to launch Wind Vision, the country’s first pay-TV platform to integrate Netflix into its user interface.
Speaking at a press conference, Chairman and CEO of Wind Vision, Nassos Zarkalis, said: “Wind Vision is a new TV experience that brings together a wealth of on demand streaming content, traditional TV channels and user generated video content, into an open platform, a unique user interface that integrates innumerous entertainment options and connects users to the content of their choice, on demand, in a multiscreen mode.”
A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners has a high profile reputation and corresponding client base. The media team is described by clients as “extremely professional and always delivers on objectives without exception”. The firm has strengthened its position with clients Thomson Reuters, Fromageries Bel, Hospira and Conde Nast and acquired new domestic clients including Mad Melody and 14 Music Co. Working with Irini Daroussou, managing partner Kriton Metaxopoulos advised a music content provider on agreements with licensors, musical authors and artists. Other work handled by the firm includes rights disputes and television advertising restrictions.
Media law specialist Dimitris Emvalomenos manages the commercial practice at Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners. Its primary focus is on intellectual property, data protection, licensing and e-commerce. Lawyers also have significant experience working on distribution and franchise agreements. The firm has a long-standing presence, dating back to 1970 and is recognised for providing high quality advice to local and global clients.
Active in the electronics sector, Cocalis & Psarras is a leading choice for digital media matters. The firm’s members served on the Board of Directors of the first pay television platform and have advised on matters ranging from broadcasting licensing to competition law. Head of department Alkiviades C. Psarras and his team have extensive experience advising on business and regulatory matters.
Bernitsas Law is held in high regard by its competitors. The firm’s leading position is attributed to its diverse sector coverage. Lawyers have extensive experience assisting with media sector commercial agreements, including production, transmission and advertising agreements. The team also advises on media sponsorship contracts and advertising restrictions.
Libel and privacy specialist Tsoukala & Partners is described by clients as “prompt and efficient”. Head of the TMT division Eleni Tsoukala is “extremely capable of handling complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions”. The full-service firm represents clients in libel cases, assists with corporate transactions and advices on regulatory matters.
The media and entertainment department at Avramopoulos & Partners handles litigation and content-related disputes on behalf of newspapers, magazines, film and television production companies and advertising agencies. Lawyers advise international studios and domestic production companies on matters ranging from film financing, tax planning and copyright.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates focusses on media, advertising and data protection. The firm combines intellectual property and communications providing multidisciplinary advice. Managed by George Ballas, the team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters locally and abroad.
Calavros and Partners routinely assists clients with all legal aspects of copyright development, acquisition and protection. Lawyers work with broadcasting companies and telecommunications corporations. Co-founding partner Artemis Tsilika is the firm’s key contact specialising in intellectual property law at consultation and litigation level.
Lawyers at Drakopoulos Law Firm have significant experience assisting with licensing and technology transfer agreements. The team advises clients from the entertainment and publishing sectors on advertising, unfair competition and new media. With offices in Greece, Romania and Albania, the firm has an established presence locally and in Southeast Europe.
Mourgelas & Associates specialises in the media and advertising sectors. Lawyers assist with marketing and communication matters including regulation and policy. The firm also has a separate sports practice representing Greek and international athletes and agents on legislative, regulatory and contractual matters. Other areas of work include extrajudicial settlement of claims.
Sarantitis Law Firm acts for television and satellite broadcasters, radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Also handling corporate transactions, the group advises on the acquisition of media corporations and compliance with local regulation. Lawyers represent clients before the Radio-TV National Council, the Ministry of Press and Media and Administrative Authorities.
A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners
Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners
Cocalis & Psarras
Tsoukala & Partners Law Firm
Zepos & Yannopoulos
Avramopoulos & Partners
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates
Calavros and Partners
Drakopoulos Law Firm
Mourgelas & Associates
Nikolinakos - Lardas & Associates
Dryllerakis & Associates
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates
Koutalidis Law Firm
Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates
Politis & Partners
Sarantitis Law Firm
Elias Paraskevas Attorneys
Karatzas & Partners
Lambadarios Law Firm
Vainanidis, Economou & Associates
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