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U.K.’s Hollywood law firm

Dealmakers Impact Report 2010

Charles Moore & Miles Ketley
Wiggin Law Firm

U.K.-based Moore and Ketley describe themselves as “the only lawyers here who’ve been studio executives over there” — meaning Hollywood, where they worked for Fox Searchlight before coming home to Blighty in 2004 and launching Wiggin’s film and TV practice. Their approach to dealmaking is entrepreneurial and strategic, which means they will take back-end positions and exec producer credits to help broker finance for pics instead of simply billing by the hour. They handle business affairs on international productions for the likes of Fox, Focus and Paramount, act as producers’ reps to set up indie distribution deals and seek out new sources of finance.

KEY DEALS: Exec producers of Kevin Macdonald’s “The Eagle” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The History Boys.” Currently structuring a slate deal for BBC Worldwide to produce three natural history features and working with the producers of the “Street Fighter” reboot on a new financing and distribution strategy. Moore negotiated distrib deals for Dutch cult horror “The Human Centipede,” while Ketley brokered the U.K. release of Banksy doc “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” They’re also working with a U.K. studio facility to raise a tax-based fund in order to provide deficit finance for TV productions.

SPARE TIME: Ketley: “Being in the middle of nowhere in Welsh park Brecon Beacons.” Moore: Family tennis foursomes.

TOP CAUSE: Ketley: Royal Marsden Hospital. Moore: The Chase children’s hospice.

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