He advises producers and financiers on all aspects of film and television financing, including production finance, tax-based and other government incentives, bank finance, distribution pre-sales and gap financing. He has an extensive knowledge of the sources of finance and works closely with clients in structuring financing packages and deals.
Jonathan’s many clients include film and television production companies, and he is an experienced business affairs lawyer with a rich knowledge-base in all aspects of film and television production in many genres. He also assists clients in building their businesses with a view to sale, and has represented a number of clients in their negotiations for the disposal of their businesses.
With the rise of digital media, Jonathan has developed expertise in all aspects of digital distribution and convergence. His clients in this area include distributors of mobile phone entertainment, on-line content distributors, authors and producers.
Jonathan is a regular speaker on film, television and digital media.
"Astute, commercial and practical."Chambers & Partners, 2020
Jonathan is an "incredibly skilled lawyer and business affairs adviser."Chambers & Partners, 2016
Clients appreciate Jonathan's ability to "cut through really complex commercial agreements."Chambers & Partners, 2016
Jonathan Blair is a "commercial thinking lawyer with excellent skills in coproduction financing" Legal 500, 2015
Jonathan Blair is "intuitive, strategic and emotionally intelligent - he thinks in 360 degrees."Chambers & Partners, 2015