FOCUS ON: Rights


This event will examine opportunities to exploit existing IP and inform companies on how best to negotiate IP issues inherent in adaptations, international format sales, merchandising and distribution.

We will be joined by industry experts - John Morris, Jennifer Parker, Alison Denvir and Catherine Potts - to discuss the impact of rights on each stage of the film or TV project's journey from script to screen.



18:30-19:00 - AUDIENCE Q&A




John has 25 years’ experience in the media business focussed on the areas of content financing and exploitation, and has held senior executive roles for companies including BBC Worldwide, HIT Entertainment, IMG, RTL Disney, and Atlantic Production. He currently consults for producers, distributors, investors, and development agencies to assist in content financing, distribution, investment and corporate development. John is particularly experienced in children’s, factual, natural history, and formats content, having worked on brands including Bob the Builder, Teletubbies, Thomas & Friends, and the David Attenborough 3D Collection.


Jenny is a media and entertainment lawyer specialising in film and television matters. She advises clients on the creation, finance and exploitation of audio-visual content across a range of platforms. Jenny regularly advises production companies and talent on deals with major UK and US broadcasters, often with international elements. In addition to her TV practice, Jenny advises on a variety of high value, multi-jurisdictional film financing transactions and on VR production and exploitation.


Alison is a lawyer with over 20-years experience in television production, financing, commissioning and distribution. She has worked for a number of media companies, from small indies to broadcasters. Originally a television production graduate, she moved to the business side early on in her career, working as Business Development Manager for Channel 4, then as Contracts Manager for Harper Collins, licencing rights in literary works into Film and TV. She has managed the Business Affairs on a wide range of BBC brands including Who Do You Think You Are?, Natural World, Question Time, Homes Under the Hammer, and Mrs Browns Boys.

In her current role as Head of Commercial Rights and Business Affairs, Nations at the BBC, Alison leads teams in Scotland, NI and Wales who negotiate deals on behalf of the BBC with content owners across all media.


Catherine is an Intellectual Property Specialist with Scottish Enterprise. She has experience in providing one to one advice and support to a diverse range of companies assisting them in identifying, managing and releasing full value from their IP. Catherine has a particular interest in the strategising of Intellectual Property within relationships while recognising that wider Intellectual Assets may be key value drivers in certain situations. Catherine can offer advice around how IP and IA are protected and managed to underpin product and brand growth as well as the support Scottish Enterprise can offer.