BLP advises Peel Media on major new deals with BBC and Satellite Information Services

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) advised Peel Media on a new ten-year agreement with the BBC to deliver production and technical services at MediaCityUK when the broadcaster opens its new northern headquarters at Salford Quays next year. The firm also advised on a joint venture between Peel Media and Satellite Information Services (SIS).

The Peel and SIS joint venture will work with the BBC, Salford University and other media partners to develop further new technologies and services, ensuring MediaCityUK is a world class hub for content creation.

The team working on the arrangements with the BBC included Mimi Curran, Adam Rose, Simon Harper and Gemma Norton.  The SIS joint venture was led by Peter Martin and Miranda Morad.

The deal further strengthens BLP’s presence in the media sector and market-leading experience in large-scale media services arrangements.  The firm has acted on more than 20 such deals over recent years including the full outsourcing of broadcast services by ITV and Five.

Simon Harper is client partner for Peel Media.  Commenting on the deal, Simon said: “We are delighted to have assisted Peel Media on this key transaction in the development of MediaCityUK as media hub.  The transaction is also significant for BLP as it builds upon our extensive work on broadcast services arrangements and equity advice in the media sector, an arena in which we continue to be very active.”

Jackie Whalley, Head of Corporate Affairs at Peel Media said: “We are very pleased to have worked closely with colleagues at BLP to secure an agreement with the BBC and SIS on the provision of services at MediaCityUK.”

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