Jenny advises on a very wide range of business affairs and commercial matters, including underlying agreements such as book and format options, access agreements, presenter agreements, writer agreements, contributor releases and agreements, co-production agreements, format agreements, commissioning and financing agreements for television developments and productions, and television distribution.
She has vast experience of negotiating with all manner of content commissioners including UK broadcasters (network and non-network), US broadcasters, and SVOD platforms. Current work includes advising on a bank deal for an ITV pilot, underlying agreements for a prime-time BBC talent show, and a co-production arrangement for a travel show.
“We have found Jenny’s broad media experience and pragmatic ‘can do’ approach invaluable as she provides excellent business affairs support across all our multi genre productions … She is really good at simplifying and explaining complex legal issues to us non lawyers and always provides good advice.”
Chief Operating Office, True North Productions
Jenny is a business affairs advisor with over 20 years’ experience in television production. After starting her career in the BBC’s independent production unit for drama, she went on to work at Tiger Aspect for almost 11 years across a variety of genres including drama, natural history, comedy, and animation, before specialising in factual and factual entertainment/features as the sole business affairs advisor for that genre. During that time Jenny worked on a wide range of projects including Virtual History (which she also had a brief role in as Churchill’s secretary), Cook Yourself Thin, An Island Parish, Restoration Man, Howard Goodall’s How Music Works, The Monastery, The Retreat, and Surgery School. In addition, Jenny worked for the Tiger US office during its set up period.
After Tiger Aspect, Jenny moved into private practice working for a well-known business affairs consultancy, advising various blue chip clients including Arrow Media, Rough Cut, Outline, and Raw, across scripted and non-scripted content. She subsequently completed a maternity cover as joint head of business affairs at leading production company Studio Lambert, working on Gogglebox, a BBC3 filmmakers competition series The Fear, Three/Four in a Bed, and Dr In The House, before joining Abbas Media Law at the end of 2015 as a business affairs advisor. In 2019, Jenny was promoted to Head of Business Affairs (Television).
Jenny has a highly commercial outlook and aims to help get the deal done as quickly as possible while aiming for the best terms possible. Jenny’s clients include production companies of all sizes, agents, broadcasters, as well as individuals. Jenny is also a contributing editor of Abbas Media Law’s quarterly magazine zoom-in.
When not working…
Jenny enjoys reading, running, and starting (but not always finishing) DIY projects.