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Media and Entertainment Law.

Samuel Seow Law Corporation‘s Media and Entertainment Law Practice Group rightfully takes pride of place as one of the most notable Media Law practices in the region. The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 has even commended that this Practice Group‘s specialization and focus in the laws pertaining to television, film, games, new media, music, ‘live‘ entertainment, performing arts and the arts, is unprecedented in Singapore, and indeed, "unique".

Consequently, our Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group is known, not only for its legal expertise, but also for its in-depth industry expertise and its widely noted status as one of the busiest in Singapore.

We provide a full range of core services to our entertainment and media clients who include filmmakers, television and film production companies, electronic and Internet gaming studios, creative incubators, advertising agencies, theatre groups and dance ensembles, performers, screenwriters, songwriters and other creative personnel, financiers, distributors and end-users, as well as managers, intermediaries and agents.

We represent our clients in all aspects of the entertainment industry, from the production, financing and distribution of films, television programs and other forms of audio-visual entertainment, to all of the associated artistic, literary, musical and dramatic property issues and related merchandising. We provide similar services in the music recording, music publishing, book publishing, advertising & promotions, fine arts and Internet sectors.

Significant Transactions


  • Acted for a popular singer / songwriter Tanya Chua in a dispute with her music publishers. On appeal to the Court of Appeal, we successfully overturned the decision of the High Court and obtained the declaration that our client had validly terminated her contract with the music publishers due to their failure to properly account for the royalties.
  • Represented Imagine Group — the producer of "The Contender Asia", a reality television series based on a popular US-programme format by Mark Burnett Productions, and actively advising on all aspects of the production from negotiating the format licence and the broadcaster deal with a major regional broadcaster, to preparation of all production-related contracts.
  • Represented the producer of "The Biggest Loser Asia", a reality television series based on a popular US-programme format owned by Reveille LLC from negotiating the format licence to preparation of all production-related contracts.
  • Represented the creators of the ‘USS Water World Stunt Spectacular‘ in its contract negotiations with Resorts World Sentosa for managing and operating the stunt show at the Universal Studios Theme Park in Sentosa.
  • Acted for the Singapore producers of a shark-attack 3D feature film titled "Bait 3D", the first official Singapore-Australia project since the countries signed a co-production treaty in 2007 and actively reviewing, advising and negotiating the co-production agreement with the Australian co-producer, investment agreement with the Media Development Authority, sales agency agreement and other related financing agreements and production-related contracts.
  • Advised on and prepared documentation for a local film producer in the establishment of a film production fund with US financing worth US$100 million.
  • Advised a significant player in the games industry in the move of its operations from its Hong Kong-incorporated subsidiary to a Singapore-incorporated subsidiary, including the drafting and reviewing of the game licensing agreements, game development agreements, novation agreements and assignment agreements.
  • Advised on and prepared documentation for an international games developer in setting up a US$20 million fund with a venture capital company for the financing for games and interactive media products.
  • Advised a German games fund and its Singapore subsidiary on the structure of raising financing for a game based on the internationally acclaimed "Otherland" series of cyber-punk novels including drafting of game licensing contracts.
  • Advised on and negotiated the acquisition and licensing of IP rights to develop computer games based on an internationally popular brand, i.e. "Ready to Rumble" in the genre of boxing games, and "Boulder Dash Rocks!" a cult 80s‘ puzzle arcade game.
  • Advised and assisted Australia‘s largest video game developer and a leading independent game development studio, in expanding its operations into Singapore.
  • Advised a well-known Japanese anime company on a joint venture with Nanyang Technology University of Singapore involving licensing of patentable proprietary technology and the setting up of an animation production studio.
  • Represented one of Singapore‘s leading production and animation companies in its co-production deal with The Jim Henson Company to collaborate on a new animated 40 half-hour episode high-definition television series including reviewing, advising on and negotiating the co-production agreement and related financing agreements, as well as the co-investment agreement between the company and the Media Development Authority of Singapore who provided financing for the series.
  • Advised on, prepared documentation for and negotiated a significant co-production deal between Canada, Australia and Singapore for an animated television series worth in excess of AUD9 million with significant financial contributions from governmental authorities and financial institutions like the National Bank of Canada, involving financing and loan documents, completion guarantees and distribution agreements.
  • Represented the production of a feature film, "Dance of the Dragon", an international production featuring cast and crew from various countries such as the US, Australia and Korea, which included drafting and negotiating the artiste engagement agreements involving US guild laws, as well as the distribution deals and all other production-related contracts.
  • Represented the production of a feature film, "12 Lotus" by Singapore‘s acclaimed filmmaker, Royston Tan, including drafting and negotiating the financing documentation and preparing and advising on all production-related contracts, including negotiating the music licensing and soundtrack album deals.
  • Represented the producer of Singapore‘s first two animated feature films, "Zodiac ...The Race Begins" and "Legends of the Sea", in a major international co-production of a live-action feature film based on a popular Japanese anime "Bubblegum Crisis", involving partners from Japan, China, the UK, Australia and Canada.
  • Represented a regional music and entertainment agency in the procurement of an international artiste for a 12-month endorsement deal from a famous Japanese electronic brand including the drafting and negotiation of engagement and endorsement agreements.
  • Advised a local film producer on a SG$15 million investment structure involving international investors, for the production, marketing and distribution of a reality TV show and a feature film via various media, namely, television, internet and film, including drafting and negotiating the investment and co-production agreements.
  • Advising, drafting and reviewing of contracts relating to the production of an Online Poker Tournament Series including participant contracts, location releases and general talent releases.
  • Advising, drafting and reviewing of contracts relating to the production of the "Marco Polo" television series produced by the Weinstein Group and which was aired on Netflicks.
  • Represented Fox International Productions, the international business affairs division of 20th Century Fox, in its first co-production with Singapore for the move "Agent 47", including advising on the co-production and investment structure and dealings with the Media Development Authority of Singapore.
  • Advised Hasbro Inc. on legal issues relating to a co-production with studios located in Malaysia and Australia for "Transformers Rescue Bots Season 2".
  • Engaged as legal advisers to the new owner of an internationally well-known children‘s property for a television series "HI-5".
  • Advising, drafting and reviewing of contracts relating to the production of feature films by prominent filmmakers, including Jack Neo and Michelle Chong.
  • Negotiated gap financing for the organisers of the Social Star Awards 2013, the first international social media awards which was held in Singapore in May 2013, including drafting the necessary financing agreements and releases.
  • Represented the producers of the first Malay-language movie musical titled "Sinaran" involving funding from the Media Development Authority of Singapore, including advising on the funding structure, advising and drafting of all production-related contracts including negotiations with high-profile talents from Malaysia and advising on the necessary music licences and clearances for the production of the movie.
  • Assisted Marathon Media, a well-known French-based television producer of kids‘ entertainment, in setting up its office in Singapore, including advising on employment law issues and funding from the relevant government authorities.
  • Appointed legal advisers by NTUC Media Co-Operative Limited to advise on intellectual property management and protection issues for the co-operative.
  • Appointed as legal advisers for all legal matters by The National Gallery, Singapore and advising on a wide-range of transactions from corporate governance issues to agreements for the loan, exhibition and commissioning of art works, and educational and outreach activities by the Gallery.
  • Advised a regional airline on the legal and regulatory frameworks for providing an inflight wireless entertainment service.
  • Advised a China fund on the acquisition of a majority stake in a well-known Singapore games and interactive media company for a value of SGD4.5million, including conducting a due diligence exercise on the company‘s records as well as chain of title to the company‘s intellectual property rights.
  • Assisted Joan Chen in drafting and amending her HBO contract for her services in HBO‘s 1st ever television series shot in Asia.
  • Advised on prepared documentation for and negotiated a significant co-production deal between Canada, Australia and Singapore for an animated television series worth in excess of AUD9 million with significant financial contributions from governmental authorities and financial institutions like the National Bank of Canada, involving financing and loan documents to the completion guarantees to distribution agreements.
  • Represented one of Korea‘s leading entertainment companies in the production of a feature film involving international and US talents, and actively advising the company in all aspects of production from the investment and funding structure to preparation of all production-related contracts.
  • Advised the rights holder of certain internationally well-known children‘s media properties on a television co-production deal with a state broadcaster in China including reviewing of the contracts in the Chinese language and advising on the flow of rights and revenue sharing.
  • Represented the creators of the ‘USS Water World Stunt Spectacular‘ in its contract negotiations with Resorts World Sentosa for managing and operating the stunt show at the Universal Studios Theme Park in Sentosa.
  • Advised a significant player in the games industry in the move of its operations from its Hong Kong-incorporated subsidiary to a Singapore-incorporated subsidiary, including the drafting and reviewing of the game licensing agreements, game development agreements, novation agreements and assignment agreements.
  • Advised Korea‘s leading entertainment company (which has a business that encompasses film production, investment, distribution and exhibition) in setting up a film fund in Singapore worth SGD50million with the involvement of the Media Development Authority of Singapore including advising on the structure of the fund, setting up of a Singapore subsidiary, advice on relevant Singapore law issues and drafting the various agreements to be entered into by the parties setting up the fund.
  • Advised on and prepared the legal documentation for the establishment of a US$100million fund for financing a slate of feature films involving financing from a well-known US media business.
  • Represented the production of a local feature film revolving around the topic of cosplay.
  • Represented a Singapore production company in the production of a horror film which revolves around a local historical building, including advising on the legal issues involved and the corporate structure as well as reviewing the investment agreements and the drafting of other production-related agreements.
  • Assisted with the setting up of the Singapore licensee for the publication of one of the world‘s best known magazines, including reviewing the licence agreement, incorporation of the Singapore licensee and drafting of various other related agreements.
  • Advised the Singapore producer of the controversial documentary, "Cowboys in Paradise", on copyright and other intellectual property issues relating to the film, which was screened in a number of prestigious international film festivals, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival, Asian Hot Shots Berlin, and Vancouver Singapore Film Festival.
  • Represented one of Singapore‘s leading concert promoters in reviewing and advising on the contractual documents for the rights to stage concerts by Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson in Singapore.
  • Advised and represented an international concert promoter in resolving and regaining its rights to a well-known music festival in Singapore.
  • Represented a regional music and entertainment agency in the procurement of an international artiste (Avril Lavigne) for a 12-month endorsement deal from a famous Japanese electronic brand (Canon) including the drafting and negotiation of engagement and endorsement agreements.
  • Advised a local events management company on structuring of payments to a Taiwanese agency for the services of a well-known Taiwan artiste to minimise withholding tax payment.
  • Represented a public listed company that is one of Asia‘s leading beverage brands in the procurement of a well-known Korean international artiste (Rain) for an endorsement deal including the drafting and negotiation of the engagement agreement.
  • Advised the Economic Development Board of Singapore on their study on withholding tax rates on fees payable to foreign artistes including assisting with research on the tax treatment by other countries, obtaining the participation of local theatre, live entertainment and film/television companies in a survey, assisting with the crafting of arguments on a reduction of the rate. The study persuaded the Ministry of Finance to grant a reduction of the tax rate from 15% to 10% with effect from February 2010 till 31 March 2015.
  • Advising on and drafting of documentation for the establishment of a new online social interactive ticketing website including reviewing of the website terms and conditions and drafting of the contracts with event promoters and other customers.
  • Advised an online marketing website dealing with popular brands internationally on the nature of their operations in different jurisdictions around the world.
    • Advising on the website terms and conditions and privacy policy for an internationally renowned cosmetics brand.
    • Drafted the website terms of services and the various transactional contracts for an online B2B and B2C fashion portal that facilitates the supply and purchase of clothing design services and apparel between up and coming fashion designers within Asia with consumers and fashion buyers.
    • Negotiated and amended the Artiste Agreement for a popular International girl group.
    • Selected to be on the legal panel for the Singapore Art Museum.
    • Legal advisor to the Screenwriters Association (Singapore).
    • Legal advisor to the Musicians Guild of Singapore.