Lawyer has long advised studios on financing, distribution
LONDON — U.K. entertainment lawyer Lisbeth “Libby” Savill, who has worked on pics such as “The King’s Speech” and “Hugo,” is set to join the London office of law firm O’Melveny & Myers as partner in the entertainment, sports and media practice.Savill is the former head of Olswang’s film and television team and will take up her new role at O’Melveny in August. The 23-year industry veteran has advised major studios and indie producers and distributors on production, financing and distribution of pics as well as other aspects of the film biz. Savill has also worked on all of the James Bond films since “GoldenEye” plus “The Full Monty” and “An Education.” She also received a co-exec producer credit on “The King’s Speech” for her extensive work on structuring financing deals for the pic. “Libby has worked with some of the motion picture industry’s most important and influential players, from major U.S. studios to leading U.S.- and U.K.-based producers, distributors and financiers, many of whom already are clients of our firm,” said Joseph Calabrese, chair of O’Melveny’s entertainment, sports and media practice. “She is known as the best entertainment lawyer in London for good reason, and we are thrilled to have her on our team.” Savill has also handled television and audiovisual library sales and acquisitions and has always been actively involved in prominent issues pertaining to the U.K. entertainment sector. Recently, she served as the only lawyer on the U.K.’s Film Policy Review, which was commissioned by the government to make recommendations for the future of the film industry. She is also a governor of public funding org the British Film Institute, and she previously served as an invited member of the U.K.’s Revenue and Customs Experts panel regarding film tax credits. Savill has received various accolades in the country, winning the U.K. Women in Film and Television business award in 2010.