Janine Lapworth has recently joined Simpsons Solicitors after running her own entertainment law practice for several years. She has broad corporate, commercial, intellectual property, entertainment and litigation experience, gained at national and international law firms and in senior in-house legal positions at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and ESPN STAR Sports in Singapore. She has acted for local producers and overseas studios in connection with international television projects in Australia, advising on all stages from initial structuring and financing through production to worldwide distribution. Beyond television, her clients are involved in research, publishing, education, the visual arts and other creative industries. She is currently Deputy Chair of Australian Theatre for Young People.
Janine holds Arts and Law degrees from the Australian National University and a graduate qualification in publishing from the University of Technology Sydney.
International television collaborations – what are the options?
The Australian television production sector has taken a few hits recently, with the impact of COVID-19 on production and changes to local content quotas. But at the same time, the sector finds itself in a unique position to pursue opportunities internationally. Along with the calibre of local talent in front of and behind the camera, Australia’s robust pandemic response, changes to the Producer Offset for television projects and additional funding for the Location Incentive, together make Australia particularly attractive for international television projects. So what are the options for international collaborations? And what issues might arise when a local producer teams up with an international partner?