Legal Business

The court of King Content – the lawyers making their mark in the high end TV

The internet and the emergence of a global market for high-end series has ushered in a golden age of TV production and seismic changes to the media environment. Legal Business reports on the lawyers working in one of the fastest-changing industries.

These days, the small screen is big business. Popular television programmes, like period drama Downton Abbey, cost an average of around £1m to produce per hour of screen time, whereas fantasy epic Game of Thrones has reached new financial heights, with a budget of up to $8m (£5.3m) per episode.