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Television-led expansion continues in Greece as content collaboration enhances national offerings.


Vodafone TV announced an exclusive partnership with HBO in February 2020, giving it exclusive rights to premium content for its VTV cable television subscription service.


Vodafone is one of the three mobile networks that dominate the country’s well developed mobile market, joining Wind Hellas and Cosmote.


Continued customer demand for data services has helped operators to offset declining revenue from other services such as voices and SMS.


Other developments include Insight TV’s launch of a HD television channel on Nova, a Greek satellite pay-television platform owned by Forthnet. Insight TV announced the deal in July last

year, which was managed by its television distribution partner, Thema.


Graeme Stanley, COO, Insight TV commented said its latest launch comes at a time when “the global expectation of viewers is changing.”


Mr Stanley said: “They want thought-provoking TV shows that cross the social media and TV divide all in the highest quality. Insight TV does this and much more.”


Meanwhile, in April 2019, Forthnet reported findings with pay-television revenue decreasing while advertising increased.


TIER 1

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.


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.


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.   


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.


TIER 2

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.


TIER 3   

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.    


TIER 1

A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners   

Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners

Bernitsas Law      

Cocalis & Psarras            

Tsoukala & Partners Law Firm     

Zepos & Yannopoulos          


TIER 2

Avramopoulos & Partners          

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates       

Calavros & Partners

Drakopoulos Law Firm

Kyriakides Georgopoulos

Mourgelas & Associates

Nikolinakos & Partners                     


TIER 3

AP Legal

Dryllerakis & Associates                                       

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates  

Koutalidis Law Firm       

Politis & Partners

PotamitisVekris

Sarantitis Law Firm


TIER 4

Elias Paraskevas Attorneys  

Karatzas & Partners                               

Lambadarios Law Firm    

PPT Legal      

Reed Smith     

Vainanidis, Economou & Associates



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