BWSP Ilieva, Voutcheva & Co. Law Firm is one of the Law Firms in Bulgaria with a prominent specialization in the field of media and telecommunications. As part of our specialization we very often work with and support TV and film productions. We have advised Nova Television for 9 years on day by day basis regarding overall activity, licenses, trademarks, copyright, advertising, TV series, show programs, performers’ contracts, etc. We have also participated in the sale of Nova Television to the Modern Times Group for 620 million Euros, representing Antena Group.

As part of the team of one of the national TV channels we have been part and have worked on all possible types of contracts and agreements accompanying its activity. During the past years one of the leading film production companies in Bulgaria “Camera” Ltd. has been our client. Undoubtedly the creative process and the creation of a TV and film production have to be backed up by a modern and appropriate legal assistance in order to generate the expected revenue. As experts in the

sector we have taken part in the creation and development of the contemporary media laws of Bulgaria.

We provide expert legal advice in the following areas (listed in alphabetical order):

  • M&A in the media market
  • Broadcast regulations, licensing, registration
  • Cable TV
  • Copyright issues
  • Co-productions
  • Crowdfunding
  • Advertising, sponsorship, discounting sales/distribution advances
  • Electronic publishing
  • Film funds, film, TV & video finance, production and distribution
  • Performers/artists’ contracts
  • Production deals
  • Merchandising
  • Rights acquisitions
  • Sale & leaseback deals
  • Satellite and transponder agreements
  • TV/ license applications
  • Union/guild agreements
  • Writer’s agreements
  • Public regulation and media market management

The Tax Department provides specific advice on taxation of income from intellectual property rights and personal income tax of authors, screenwriters, actors, producers, directors and other individuals taking part in the process of development of a film or a TV series. Our lawyers provide representation before the National Revenue Agency and the respective courts in litigation cases to corporate and individual clients.

The IP team consults on all matters regarding copyrights, national and international copyrights, their use and licensing to third parties. We advise on implementation of issues

regarding copyrights and intellectual property rights in social media platforms and online. We have developed a team of experienced specialists in the filling of applications for trade mark, industrial designs and patents before the national and international authorities. We negotiate and provide advice in disputes with third parties over a large spectrum of IP issues.

Throughout our participation in Globalaw and BWSP Legal our clients may rely on our close relations with law firms in Central and Eastern Europe as well as on our contacts in over 80 countries worldwide.

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