Lisbeth (Libby) Savill is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice.
Ms. Savill represents clients in the media and entertainment sectors, advising on all business and legal aspects relating to the creation, financing, and distribution of film, television, and other content. Her clients include financiers and investment funds, film and television producers and distributors (including major studios), broadcasters and digital-first companies, and other entities in the media and entertainment sectors. Her work includes:
- Creation and financing of audio-visual content
- Distribution and licensing arrangements
- Funds and co-financing arrangements
- Acquisition of audio-visual rights, including film libraries
- The purchase, sale, and financing of entertainment companies
Ms. Savill has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the film and television industries for many years. She is also actively involved in issues important to the entertainment sector. For example, she served as the only lawyer on the Film Policy Review, which the UK government commissioned to make recommendations for the future of the film industry. She was the Deputy Chair of the British Film Institute from 2011 to 2018, and remains a special advisor to the Board. She was an invited member of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs experts’ panel regarding the creation and implementation of UK film tax reliefs and a board member of Film London. She is currently sitting on the BFI’s Commission on UK Independent Film.
Ms. Savill was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to film and television.
A sample of Ms. Savill’s recent experience includes representing:
- A joint venture controlled by Raven Capital Management LLC on its acquisition of David Ian Productions, a leading producer, promoter, and tour operator of high-profile musicals staged in theatrical markets around the world
- The Raine Group in connection with incorporating and financing Moonbug Entertainment Limited, a digital-first kids entertainment company, and the ongoing activities of that company
- Anonymous Content in connection with the establishment of Chapter One, a UK-based joint venture with two leading UK talent agencies, having the aim of creating high-end television drama and film
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (General Sports Authority) on its multi-year agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) for the production of WWE events exclusively in the MENA region
- Film Finances Inc., the leading provider of completion bonds to the film and television industries, on the listing of FFI Holdings, PLC on the AIM market
- Netflix, Inc. on its acquisition of Millarworld Limited, the comic book company founded by Mark Millar, creator of a number of iconic characters and stories including Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan, representing Netflix’s first corporate acquisition
- The Ink Factory in connection with its equity fundraising and underlying arrangements with John Le Carré
- Cohen Media Group on the acquisition and exploitation of the Merchant Ivory library of films
- Dasym Investment Strategies BV in connection with the sale of its interests in the Exclusive Media Group companies and their libraries of films
- Top tier commercial and investment banks in connection with providing borrowing base credit facilities to their clients in the film and television sector, using film and television rights and receivables as collateral
- Funds in connection with their media investments and acquisitions, including the acquisition of the exploitation revenues of a UK-based film distributor
- A number of UK and US production companies in connection with their acquisition, financing, and production transactions