Michael Brader

Michael is a partner and co-head of the Media Corporate Group, and has more than 20 years experience focussed on the media and technology space. His clients, whom he advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues, include household names in the television, film, sport, broadcast and digital and technology sectors. Michael is widely recognised as the leading UK corporate adviser in the independent television production sector, working on sales and acquisitions of companies within that space, as well as on the formation and funding of new production ventures for both creative talent and investors. He is also well-known for his work in the sport sector and is a member of the editorial board of World Sports Law Report.

 

  • Recent Experience

    Television Production Disposals

    • Two Brothers Pictures sale to All3Media
    • True North Productions sale to Sky
    • Pulse Films sale to Vice Media
    • Love Productions sale to Sky
    • Neal Street Productions sale to All3Media
    • Mammoth Screen sale to ITV
    • Raw TV sale to Discovery
    • The Garden Productions sale to ITV
    • Left Bank Pictures sale to Sony
    • Big Talk Productions sale to ITV
    • Twofour management sale to ITV
    • Twofour sale to Boom Pictures
    • Blast! Films sale to Sky
    • Windfall Films sale to Argonon
    • Firecracker Films sale to Tinopolis
    • Betty TV sale to Discovery
    • Base Productions sale to Tinopolis
    • CPL Productions sale to Red Arrow
    • Znak & Jones sale to Sky
    • Passion Distribution sale to Tinopolis
    • Remedy Productions sale to Argonon
    • Magical Elves sale to Tinopolis
    • September Films sale to DCD Media
    • Optomen TV sale to All3Media
    • Playmaker Media sale to Sony
    • Transparent TV sale to Argonon

    Television Production Acquisitions

    • Endemol acquisition of Tiger Aspect
    • Shine acquisition of Kudos Film and Television
    • Endemol acquisition of Tigress Productions
    • Endemol acquisition of Darlow Smithson
    • Endemol acquisition of Artists Studio
    • Keo Films acquisition of Mara Media
    • Endemol Shine acquisition of OP Talent

    Television Production Investment

    • Bad Wolf investment by Access Entertainment
    • Parable Ventures investment by Channel 4 Fund
    • Firecrest Pictures investment by Channel 4 Fund
    • Access Entertainment joint venture with BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point (Benchmark TV)
    • Barcroft Media investment by Channel 4 fund
    • Blueprint Television investment by Sony
    • Sugar Films investment by Sky
    • Fable Pictures investment by Sony
    • Endemol Shine investment in Douglas Road Productions
    • Full Fat TV investment by Fremantle Media
    • Talos Films investment by Sky and October Films
    • Lightbox investment by Channel 4 fund
    • Whisper Films investment by Channel 4 fund
    • Monumental Television investment by ITV
    • Possessed TV investment by ITV
    • Naked Entertainment investment by Fremantle Media
    • Scarlet Media investment by Sony
    • Argonon investment in Britespark Films
    • Argonon investment in Blacklisted Films
    • Projector Pictures investment by Fremantle Media
    • Pulse Films fundraising
    • Big Balls Media fundraising
    • Greenbird Media investment in Big Light Productions
    • Optomen One Potato Two Potato joint venture with Gordon Ramsay
    • Two Halves Productions investment by All3Media
    • Red Sky Productions investment by a consortium

    Sport

    • Manchester United acquisition of ITV’s interest in MUTV
    • Virgin Media Setanta Sports News Channel joint venture with Setanta
    • The International Cricket Council on constitutional matters
    • Perform Group IPO on the London Stock Exchange
    • Perform Group acquisition of Goal.com
    • Perform Group acquisition of Runningball
    • Perform Group acquisition of Opta Sports Data
    • Perform Group acquisition of Mackolik
    • Perform Group Sporting News joint venture with Advance Media
    • Perform Group acquisition of Global Sports Media
    • Perform Group acquisition of Sportal Australia
    • Perform Group of Spox
    • Perform Group acquisition of Match en Direct

    Other

    • Ubisoft acquisition of Future Games of London
    • ITV disposal of JFMG to Arqiva
    • Reservoir Media acquisition of Reverb Music
    • JimJam Television sale to Zone Media
    • Industex acquisition of Best Direct TV Channels
    • Access Industries investment in Crowdsurge
    • Access Industries investment in GetTaxi
    • Access Industries investment in Vigoda
    • WeRInteractive fundraising
    • Rightster fundraising
    • Ingenious media fundraising