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Sparke Helmore is regarded as one of the leading film finance law firms in Australia. We primarily represent offshore financiers providing cash flow funding against the Commonwealth Government Offset regime as well as distribution and gap funding.

The Offset regime, comprising:

  • The Producer Offset

  • The Location Offset and Location Incentive Grant, and

  • PDV Offset

will undergo some changes with effect from 1 July 2021, at least in the case of the Producer Offset.

The so-called State Agencies such as Create NSW, Film Victoria and Screen Queensland and the Commonwealth Governments Screen Australia, also provide direct grants and indirect assistance such as payroll tax benefits. These all form part of the mix of funding options for film makers and their financiers.

We regularly work with US counsel both external and internal on documentation, including on co-productions.

Sparke Helmore has a very strong employment law and copyright practice, which is vital to providing legal services on the production side and complementing our film finance capability. We understand all aspects of the production cycle including:

  • Cast & crew contracting

  • Chain of title

  • Director and writer agreements, and

  • Domestic and internationals sales and distribution.

We have represented US-based banks involved in productions such as ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘Blacklight’, ‘Angel of Mine’ as well as TV series such as ‘Halifax Retribution’, ‘Pine Gap’ and children’s series such as ‘Beat Bugs’ and ‘Motown’.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 800 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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