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The media team at Al Tamimi & Company works with clients from publishing and broadcasting sectors on film and television distribution throughout the region, including via OTT services. Lawyers advise on content production, copyright assignment, financing and local production incentives. The firm also assists with content regulation and compliance connected with digital advertising and sponsorships.
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners demonstrates a dedication to the sports industry with an independent dedicated practice group. Lawyers are experienced in preparing and negotiating agreements for hosting, marketing, sponsorship and broadcasting. The firm also has an intellectual property division that specialises in litigation.
Al-Ansari & Associates focusses on digital media. The firm’s core practice groups include TMT and IP with advice ranging from copyright protection and unfair competition to media sector convergence. Lawyers also advise on related technology and telecommunications matters of local and international significance.
Dentons has extensive involvement in entertainment and sports sector cases. In representative work the team advised OSN on its bid for media rights to international cricket matches, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), for the MENA region for the period 2015-2023.
Eversheds Sutherland specialises in commercial and corporate matters including joint ventures and acquisitions. Lawyers advise on a broad range of industry cases, notably TMT-related commercial contracts and on the impact of Qatari law on international supply contracts.
Peers describe Hassan A Alkhater Law Office as an established part of the country’s legal structure. The full-service practice is high recognised nationally for the quality of its work, and is noted for his extensive litigation experience.
Swiss firm Lalive provides advisory and dispute resolution services to national sports committees, international sports federations, athletes and professional agents. The media team advises on sporting bans, commercial contracts and media rights. Lawyers are also experienced arbitrators and counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, headquartered in Lausanne.
Al Tamimi & Company
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners
Al-Ansari & Associates
Hassan Al-Khater Law Offices
Norton Rose Fulbright
Sharq Law Firm
Arab Law Bureau
Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany
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Qatar has attracted interest from leading media networks over the past year, with a strategic partnership between Media City Qatar and Euronews.
Terms of the agreement include the establishment of a Euronews regional office and a media academy in Media City Qatar, intended to create content and build capacity in the digital era.
Commenting on the partnership, Michael Peters, Chief Executive Officer of Euronews, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Media City Qatar to launch our ambitious Euronews Academy programme in the region.”
He added: “Euronews has for nearly three decades now been an example of trusted fact-based impartial journalism. We are excited by the opportunity we have to share our expertise and know-how with young generations of budding media professionals based In Qatar.”
In other developments, digital spend in the country is expected to increase to USD3.1 billion by 2023. Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida, CEO at Qatar Financial Centre, highlighted rapid growth for Qatar’s digital and sports industries in the next few years, with revenue expected to reach USD20 billion.
Mr Al Jaida explained: “This presents great potential for investment to a wide range of businesses in both sectors. Equally, digital and sports are part of the QFC’s focus sectors, and our strategy is aligned with Qatar’s existing positioning in these fields. Our unique platform provides a gateway to lucrative markets, facilitating future growth.”