×

Libby Savill joins O’Melveny in London

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.”

Popular on Variety

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.

More Film

  • Feels Good Man

    'Feels Good Man': Film Review

    When is a cartoon frog not just a cartoon frog? When he’s Pepe, the brainchild of artist Matt Furie, who in 2005 created the laid-back anthropomorphic amphibian for a comic about post-collegiate slacker life, only to subsequently watch as the character was adopted as a symbol of white nationalist hate by the alt-right and Donald [...]

  • The Nest

    'The Nest': Film Review

    All work and no play makes Rory O’Hara a dull boy — which is to say, one can scarcely overlook the connections between Sean Durkin’s subtly unsettling second feature, “The Nest,” and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” even if this is by far the more tedious of the two movies. While the obsessive dad Law plays [...]

  • Tiziana Soudani

    Tiziana Soudani, Prominent Swiss Producer, Dies

    Swiss producer Tiziana Soudani, who through her Amka Films shepherded prizewinning films by prominent directors from nearby Italy, such as Alice Rohrwacher and Silvio Soldini, as well as by emerging talents in Switzerland and Africa, has died after a struggle with brain cancer. She was in her mid 60s, though her exact age was not immediately verifiable. [...]

  • Time's Up U.K. Teams With British

    British Stars Carey Mulligan, Himesh Patel Compile 'Alternative BAFTA' Nominees List

    British stars including Carey Mulligan, Himesh Patel and Gemma Arterton have contributed to an ‘Alternative BAFTAs’ list of nominees that honors talent overlooked by this year’s awards. The campaign is organized by Time’s Up U.K., which is rolling out a social media blitz this week in the lead-up to Sunday’s BAFTA awards honoring the women [...]

  • Rebecca Hall appears in The Night

    'The Night House': Film Review

    A knack for creepy atmospherics and individual scares goes a long way in the horror genre, and it takes “The Night House” pretty far. Though this tale of a new widow’s apparent haunting gets progressively lost in a narrative maze that’s complicated without being particularly rewarding, . Rebecca Hall plays Beth, an upstate New York [...]

  • Herself

    Amazon Studios Buys Phyllida Lloyd's 'Herself' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Amazon Studios has nabbed North American rights to Phyllida Lloyd’s “Herself,” an Irish drama about a woman who builds her dream house after escaping an abusive marriage, Variety has learned.  The streaming service is planning a theatrical release for later this year. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it enjoyed a warm [...]

  • Blast Beat

    'Blast Beat': Film Review

    Back home in Bogota, teen brothers Carly and Mateo — played by siblings (and Disney Channel veterans) Mateo and Moisés Arias — are metal-blasting, skateboard-riding punks, and reluctant partners in crime. Carly, the sensible one, can’t prevent Mateo from dynamiting a dollhouse. But he’ll swoop in, hair flapping like a vampire’s cape, to rescue his [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content