Media and entertainment

our experience and expertise

Horten advises on all aspects of media and entertainment law. We advise on all areas within media law, including classic publishing agreements, agreements with collecting societies, record contracts, TV production agreements, format agreements, merchandise agreements, event and concerts as well as radio and television distribution agreements, etc.

In addition, we provide highly specialised advice on internet-based distribution forms. The development towards more streaming and on-demand content has resulted in a number of challenges facing both rights holders, distributors and collecting societies. We advise on the complex legal challenges relating to the new distribution forms of music, film, radio and television on all platforms, and we assist in connection with negotiation of distribution and licence agreements. We also advise on the legal challenges in connection with E-books and knowledge/article databases.

We also have wide expertise within social media and the new challenges arising in line with the development and expansion of social media. We advise on personal data law, which is of significant importance to providers. We also assist in connection with issues concerning rights and the development and distribution of apps and other digital content services.

As much exploitation and distribution of content take place across borders today, our advice is often provided in close co-operation with our many international co-operation partners. We also work closely together with our own IT law team as well as our marketing law team, which has wide experience in consumer and e-commerce issues arising in connection with digital distribution, including issues regarding EU cookie legislation, personal data legislation, payment services and payment substitutes.

Horten is the market leader within gaming legislation and has been heavily involved in the liberalisation of the Danish online gaming market. Our clients include all stakeholders with an interest in the provision of games: Game providers holding a licence to provide games in Denmark; platform providers; other sub-contractors to the licence holders; payment card providers; payment service providers; interest groups, etc.

In co-operation with Horten's M&A team, our Media and Entertainment team has assisted in connection with a number of mergers, sales and acquisitions within the media industry (including radio and television stations and publishers), and we have wide experience advising on the transactions as well as the challenges relating to rights. The typical issues are format rights, licence and distribution agreements and broadcasting licences, and our strong network and knowledge of the industry ensure prompt clarification of such issues, which are typically a decisive prerequisite for a successful transaction.  

It's a super firm; they're service-minded and solution-oriented.

Chambers Europe, 2017

They are very pragmatic and have an excellent understanding of the media industry.

Chambers Europe, 2017

What we do

  • Clarification of rights - film, music, radio, in-store
  • Distribution agreements on all platforms
  • Radio and television legislation
  • Production agreements - film, television and commercials
  • Television format rights
  • Licence agreements
  • Film and television productions
  • Commercials and sponsorships
  • Merchandise agreements
  • Events and concerts
  • Publisher's agreements
  • Record contracts and music publishing agreements
  • Infringements
  • Social media
  • 360 degree recording agreements
  • Personal data law


Horten recognised as leading law firm by Legal 500

13 April 2018

Horten is recognised as leading law firm within a wide range of legal disciplines. At the same time, 26 partners are nominated as being among the best legal advisers in Denmark.

New rankings from Chambers

13 March 2018

Chambers, the leading international guide to the best law firms, ranks Horten as one of the best in the country yet again.

Unique cooperation between Horten and Symbion

5 February 2018

Horten has entered into unique cooperation with Symbion and Accelerace where we will make a team of lawyers available for start-up businesses at the shared office facilities Horten CoLab.

New Managing Partner at Horten

2 January 2018

Finn Schwarz, Attorney and Partner, has been appointed Managing Partner of Horten Law Firm as of 1 January 2018.

Nordisk Film invests in Reto Moto, the computer game company behind Heroes & Generals

6 December 2017

Nordisk Film has invested DKK 32 million in the computer game company Reto Moto. Horten assisted the founder group and Reto Moto.

The edtech company Labster announces Series A investment

7 September 2017

Labster recently announced a Series A investment round of $ 10 million with the participation of the venture capital funds Balderton Capital and Northzone.

Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings

19 April 2017

In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.

Gambling news - April 2017

1 April 2017

This is a brief update on current affairs at the Danish gambling market. This update addresses the status on the new Danish Anti Money Laundering Act and update on the Swedish liberalization.

Four new specialised attorneys at Horten

7 March 2017

Horten has appointed four new specialised attorneys having in-depth professional and commercial expertise within personal data law, environmental and planning law, energy and supply law and tax law.

Gambling news - March 2017

1 March 2017

This is a brief update on current affairs on the Danish gambling market.

Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark

10 January 2017

Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.

Gambling news - December 2016

1 December 2016

This is a brief update on current affairs on the Danish gambling market.

Dynamic IP addresses may constitute personal data

19 October 2016

The European Court of Justice recently ruled in C-582/14 that a dynamic IP address may constitute personal data.

Aid to the Eurovision Song Contest was not illegal under municipal and state aid law

14 October 2016

On 12 October 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior concluded in a statement that the aid provided through Projektselskabet by the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 was legal.

Horten on two committees at the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI

3 October 2016

DI has re-appointed Søren Hornbæk Svendsen as member of the Energy and Climate Policy Committee and Nina Henningsen as member of the Media Policy Committee.

Internet media under pressure because of new EU ruling

15 September 2016

The latest ruling on hyper links and copyright confirms previous case law and adds a new rule of presumption, which may threaten the existence of some Internet media.

New ratings from the international reference book Legal 500

4 May 2016

There are several good news for Horten in the new rankings, among these to new Tier 1-ratings in Media & entertainment and Telecoms.

Gambling news - April 2016

1 April 2016

This is a brief update on current affairs at the Danish gambling market.

Horten Corporate Day 2016 - Danish companies at the forefront

18 March 2016

At Horten's Corporate Day 2016 on 16 March, Danish and foreign executives and experts gave their views on the trends and opportunities of the Danish business sector. Horten will repeat the success next year with Horten Corporate Day 2017.

Gambling news - March 2016

1 March 2016

This is a brief update on current affairs at the Danish gambling market.