Simpsons Solicitors

Simpsons is one of Australia’s most highly regarded, specialist film & TV law practices.
Ausfilm Member since 2018

We are in the unique position of advising on a majority of Australian drama productions – about 50 each year. This means we can offer a wealth of legal experience, provide unparalleled market insight and draw on an extensive network of contacts.

Experience – We cover all aspects of film & TV legal work and have very likely dealt with any issues you will need to negotiate in this market, including procuring local production incentives.  We can tailor a team to meet your needs from amongst our 10 specialist lawyers and have the resources to manage larger transactions, including dispute resolution.

Insight – Our market perspective enables us to provide informed strategic and commercial advice often saving time and money.  We make sure our local knowledge is informed by an awareness of international trends by regularly attending markets in the US and Europe.

Connection – Our clients are involved in all facets of financing, creating and commercializing content and include producers, studios, distributors, platforms, financiers and government agencies.  Our relationships enable us to assist our clients to access opportunities and to structure deals in a way not always apparent to others.

Contact

Mark Bamford

Director
[email protected]

Kieren Martin

Associate
[email protected]

 

www.simpsons.com.au

+61 2 8014 5050

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The legal work we cover includes:

  • Set-up and structuring for local production; tax and regulatory advice; company set-up;
  • Facilitating and procuring local production incentives – Location, PDV and Producer Offsets, as well as investment and grants from federal and state screen agencies. We do this work on a daily basis and have strong working relationships with the relevant authorities;
  • Production finance transactional work; negotiating and contracting the deals necessary to procure funding against a finance plan – multi-party, equity, debt, gap and associated security. We use a unique logging and project management system so that our clients can monitor the status of their project in real time;
  • Co-productions, both official and unofficial;
  • Liaison and negotiation with local unions and, in particular, MEAA; visas; SAG Global Rule 1; contracting cast and crew;
  • Production legals; contracting with providers; completion guarantors; insurers; FX risk management; locations, clearances, releases. We have an extensive suite of precedent documents and a clearances package.
Credits

Production/Financier – legal credits:

  • Pacific Rim 2
  • Breath
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Harrow
  • Cleverman
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Lion
  • Unbroken
  • The Railway Man
  • Maya the Bee