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Media & Entertainment


Archer & Angel’s sports, leisure & entertainment team advises both domestic and international businesses on a wide variety of legal issues affecting sponsorship, marketing, advertising, broadcasting, event management, development of sports infrastructure and facilities, adventure tourism, films and television, entertainment festivals/ concerts, theatre, telecasting, gaming, event management and development of tourism facilities.

We have a diversified client list which includes wellness & fitness centers, event managers, adventure tourism operators, not-for-profit sports organizations, apparel manufacturers, theme park operators, event management companies, broadcasting and production companies, marketing agencies, facility developers, hoteliers and restaurant operators, gaming companies as well as private clients including actors and sportspersons.

The team works closely with other departments on intellectual property, media, competition and corporate issues. The firm also advises on commercial contracts, sponsorship / endorsement contracts, competition law, dispute resolution, employment, regulatory affairs, real estate and technology laws.

Some of the transactions our team has advised on are listed below:

  • Advising a UK based adventure tourism company in setting-up operations in India, including drafting and negotiation of various agreements for lease and development of required infrastructure, due diligence on real estate, advise on all required Government approvals and protection of intellectual property.
  • Advising one the world’s largest sports shoe and apparel manufacturers on licensing agreements with an Indian licensee, including structuring of transaction to maximize revenues for the licensor, regulatory approvals, IP protection and negotiation with Indian partner
    Advising on artists agreements for commercial films (both Hindi and regional language films) including ‘Jhankaar Beats’, ‘My Brother Nikhil’ and ‘Bong Connection.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest tobacco companies on surrogate sponsorship of sports events in India.
  • Advising an US gymnasium and spa franchisor on expanding operations to India, including preparation and negotiation of agreements.
  • Advising one of the world’s most reputed entertainment companies on expansion into India for setting up unusual attractions, exhibits, museums and waxworks, protection of intellectual property and contracts with television programming distributors.
  • Advising a leading international production company on various contracts with artists composing music for a nationally televised television series, including advice on copyright issues and subsequent termination of some of the contracts.
  • Advising one of world’s leading telecasting companies on employment issues in India, establishment of operations, service and supplier agreements.
  • Preparing and negotiating contracts with artists and Indian recording companies for an online music portal headquarted in the United Kingdom and also advising on copyright laws in India and marketing agreements with third parties for promotion and sale of its products.
  • Acting as counsel to a non-profit organization involved with promoting youth soccer in India, including advice on establishment structure, setting up a youth league, league regulations, sponsorship agreements, event management agreements and intellectual property matters.
  • Advising one of UK’s leading soccer clubs on merchandising and distribution agreement with Indian partner.
  • Advising an Indian soccer organization on agreements with Arsenal Football Club for community coaches to be sent to India for short term contracts, including advice on immigration and employment law issues, registration of foreigners in India etc.
  • Advising on Indian law and regulations relating to online betting, lotteries, gaming and casino operations, including co-operation agreements, supply agreements, licensing arrangements, strategic partnership agreements, endorse vendor agreements and advertising and sponsorship agreements.
  • Advising one of the leading television channels in India regarding services agreement relating to a lifestyle show.
  • Advising on strategic planning for building of new sports facility including site selection and acquisition, construction, financing, land use, environmental, management, operational, and governmental issues.
  • Advising on the development, expansion, and operation of ski areas, golf courses, and related resorts, including advice on environmental and real estate matters.
  • Advising one of the leading event management companies in India on organizing music concerts and festivals, including advice on sponsorship agreements, tax regulations, regulatory approvals registrations and licenses.
  • Advising an upcoming production house based in Mumbai on agreements with writers, designers and production personnel for producing 3 television shows and documentaries.
  • Advising a leading Korean singing sensation on intellectual matters specific to India, and assisting with brand protection.
  • Advising the world’s leading dance fitness program on licensing arrangements in India, assisting in dispute resolution with some unlicensed dance instructors using the brand name without authorization and intellectual property protection.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest holding companies for pro audio and music products brands on licensing issues, intellectual property protection, patent, design and trademark dispute resolution, and distribution agreements.
  • Advising one of India’s leading artists and printmakers on organizing workshops, artist agreements with exhibition houses and galleries and intellectual property rights.