Media, Entertainment & Sport
Highly specialised and sophisticated, the media, sports and entertainment sector has seen sustained growth over the last century and is now big business worldwide. Disputes can include issues relating to production, development, licensing and distribution rights, financing and sponsorship, brand protection, image rights, talent management (including sports disciplinary) and tourism-related group actions; and parties are usually keen to ensure that any difficulties are managed confidentially and without lasting damage to those involved. Time is often a key factor with disputes involving individual sportspeople or entertainers - they simply can't afford to have their careers put on hold whilst litigation takes place.
Whilst the traditional caseload of high-profile libel and content-related disputes involving magazines, newspapers, broadcasters, film and TV production companies continues apace, clients now also have to deal with new threats posed by a largely unregulated internet that enables worldwide publication of media coverage, blogs, anonymous postings on chat rooms and websites set up by aggrieved third parties. At the same time, increased sensitivities about privacy and human rights issues, data protection and official secrets means that the range of media litigation issues continues to grow. And yet the interests of parties remain the same - maintenance of privacy and swift cost-effective action.
For this reason, mediation can be a highly effective means of addressing defamation, privacy and other media-related complaints. CEDR's neutrals are therefore regularly called upon to assist in the resolution of often highly sensitive cases involving both corporates and high profile individuals.
Our highly experienced mediators and neutrals can also assist with consultancy assignments to develop organisational capability and capacity for resolving conflict including dispute systems design, introducing mediation, developing formal policies and procedures, establishing informal communication protocols and coaching managers and teams through change.