Peter specialises in providing commercial advice to clients in the media and entertainment sectors, particularly in film and television finance production and distribution. His clients include, feature and documentary film producers, television producers and film financiers. From 1998 to 2009 he was head of the Film and Television team at Bird & Bird.
His recent film work includes “Only God Forgives”, “The Veteran”, “Summertime”, brilliantlove”, “Minuscule”, “Self Made”, “Better Things”, “Religulous”, “Match Point”, “Ghosts”, “I Want Candy” and “Boogie Woogie”; his television work includes the long running series “Doc Martin” and “Man to Manta”.
He is currently working on a number of high profile projects including a film adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s “The Invisible Woman” to be directed by Ralph Fiennes, “Bypass” (Duane Hopkins), Betsy Tobin’s “Crimson China” and an Anglo/Spanish co production of “Driving over Lemons”. A number of Peter’s clients are documentary film makers, such as Nick Broomfield (Battle for Haditha), Vikram Jayanti (The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector) Esteban Manzanares (The Trail of Saddam Hussein) and Ben Lewis (The Great Contemporary Art Bubble).
He has acted for a number of financing clients including Natixis Coficiné, Rarebird, Scotts Atlantic, Berliner Bank, Invicta Capital, Magna Films and CP Medien.
In 1990 he became involved in business training for film producers and between 1991 and 1994 he led a team of lawyers at a series of East/West Producers Seminars in London, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Bucharest.
Since then, in addition to working full time as a practising entertainment lawyer in London, he has worked consistently with the Media Business School. He served as an expert at the Film Business School and the Television Business School. He designed and has taught the Legal and Business Affairs Module for the European Master in Audiovisual Management (MEGA Plus) since its inception in 1997 and is a member of the course evaluation committee. He has also lectured at a number of other leading training organisations including the UK National Film and Television School, the Erich Pommer Institute, La Fémis and the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg.
Peter is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Script Factory, a unique script evaluation and training organisation based in London. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and has spoken at media industry conferences in London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Cannes, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles.
Recently Peter was appointed as an arbitrator to the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s film and media expedited arbitration scheme.