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Recognised as a powerhouse for television production, Turkey takes its place as the world’s second largest exporter of television content.
In November 2017, Culture and Tourism Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, spoke of the country’s success in the global television industry during Parliament's Planning and Budget Committee. Mr Kurtulmus, confirmed: "Turkey ranks second place in exports of television series after the US.”
At the start of last year, LA-based production company, Karga Seven Pictures, launched a permanent production office in Istanbul. Karga Seven Turkey produces original content for the local market, including feature films, documentaries and game shows.
Lawyers say in the year ahead clients will be focussing on the development of digital broadcasting as producers turn their attention to content for online platforms.
Hande Hançar Çelik, Gun & Partners, explained: “There is a shift to online TV now. Linear TV is still interesting for Turkey but in the past year in particular online TV platforms, national and Netflix, became very popular so I think this is an interesting change for the industry.”
Ms Çelik continued: “One of the reasons for this is that radio and TV regulation is less restrictive. For advertising there is a liberal atmosphere so we see a shift to new media.”
Highlighting other trends, Buğra Aydın, Öncel, Aydın, Duman & Uygun, noted: “The market has been more volatile so we have had more litigation. Ad revenue has dropped radically and what we saw is a shift towards contracts, licensing and advertising-related transactions.”
She added; “We also saw a big shift towards online advertising souring with new media companies. More contracts are done for new media and not broadcasters.”
Other developments include changes to copyright and data protection laws that align the country’s legislative framework with international standards.
Lawyers at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law have extensive experience advising media-sector clients. The team works on a range of cases including the launch of new media platforms, film productions and distribution arrangements. Prominent practitioner Gönenç Gürkaynak is the firm’s key contact for media, entertainment and information technology law.
Gün + Partners has a high profile portfolio with clients from the broadcast and music sectors. Areas of specialisation include internet, private broadcasting and electronic communication. The firm’s service areas include advisory, transactional, dispute resolution and compliance. Clients single out Ugur Aktekin and Aslı Dilara Bayat for their diligence.
’s media and entertainment team operates under the management of the corporate practice, combining expertise in the area of tax, banking and dispute resolution. Corporate transactions account for a significant proportion of the firm’s work - with deals involving the print industry. Founding partner Ahmed Pekin manages the full-service practice, which has been operational for over four decades.
Birsel Law Offices has significant experience assisting local broadcast companies and digital platform operators on acquisition deals. Lawyers advise on legislation, regulatory restrictions and licensing matters. Founding partner Mahmut Tevfik Birsel works with Begum Durukan Ozaydin advising on business structures, licensing and assignment of rights.
Çağa & Çağa Law Firm acts for magazines and newspapers, entertainment companies and advertisers. The team advises on media-related investments, management and re-organisations. Lawyers provide cross-practice assistance on tax and commercial disputes. S. İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli are the firm’s primary contacts for sector-related cases.
Cerrahoğlu Law Firm’s experience includes merger and acquisition advice to radio channels. The firm represents world-leading media companies, advising on media legislation and commercial law. The team negotiates a number of corporate transactions between Turkish partners and global media corporations.
The TMT group at Güner Law Office works with some of the country’s largest media companies advising on regulatory and transactional matters. The practice also has a dedicated intellectual property practice, specialising in all aspects of copyright. Founding partner Ece Güner manages the firm, which is also known for its litigation and arbitration expertise.
Specialising in advertising, media and entertainment, NSN Law Firm routinely assists advertising agencies, radio broadcasters and television producers. Lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the gaming sector, with experience assisting computer games companies and intermediary firms conducting sweepstakes and contests. Key practitioners Selma Ünlü and Nazlı Selek advise on local and multinational media cases.
Litigation specialist Cahit Suluk has significant experience in the area of rights protection. Founding partner Cahit Suluk is highly regarded litigator and established figure in the legal market. In related work, the team advised Turksat, the country’s only cable television operator, on re-transmission rights. In other work the team assisted with sublicensing issues relating to a television series screened on local
Öncel, Aydın, Duman & Uygun Attorney Partnership combines e-commerce, IT and media law under one practice group. With particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, the team advises on investments, compliance and legislation. Lawyers are also experienced in handling copyright and advertising disputes.
Gültekin Law Office has two decades of experience advising clients in the media sector. The firm works with clients on media-related investments, management and organisation and daily operations. Other core areas of emphasis include advertising regulations and licensing.
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law
Birsel Law Offices
BTS & Partners
Çağa & Çağa
Cerrahoğlu Law Firm
Güner Law Office
NSN Law Firm
Esin Attorney Partnership (Member firm of Baker McKenzie)
Öncel, Aydın, Duman & Uygun Attorney Partnership
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Taboğlu Attorneys at Law
Çigdemtekin Dora Çakırca Aranci
Gokce Attorney Partnership
Goksu Safi Isik
Gültekin Law Office
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