Kris has extensive experience both as a lawyer and business affairs professional in the Australian film & television industry, gained in private practice as Senior Associate at Marshalls & Dent Lawyers and as Head of Legal & Business Affairs for two reputable Australian production companies. Kris began her career 15 years ago as a lawyer in the Intellectual Property division of Middleton’s Lawyers (now K&L Gates).
Kris’ wide ranging experience extends to contracting production finance for film and television, providing advice to producers, creatives and financing stakeholders on legal and business aspects of the development and production cycle, including financing, sales, distribution and engagement of key personnel (cast and crew).
Kris has been credited as production lawyer on numerous Australian feature films, television series’ and documentaries and has recent Executive Producer credits on Academy Award Winner Adam Elliot’s Ernee, feature film The Five Provocations (completed October 2016) and Australian / Canadian co-produced television series Oh Yuck (currently in production).
Kris is a passionate advocate for the advancement of a sustainable Australian production industry.
Key practice focus:
Drafting, negotiating and settling production financing agreements including all transaction documents necessary for cash flow; Production Investment Agreements, Sales Agency and Distribution Agreements, Broadcaster Agreements, Pre-sale Licence Agreements, Producer Investment Agreements, Completion Guarantee Agreements, Collection Agent Management Agreements, Co-Production Agreements, Interparty Agreements, Producer Offset/Gap Loan Documentation and associated Securities.
Drafting, negotiating and settling production agreements; cast and crew agreements, director and producer agreements, location agreements, composer agreements and all other production related contracts.
Advice on development structures; drafting, negotiating and settling agreements for the development stage, including project specific development investment agreements, general business investment and grant agreements, necessary chain of title documentation, option agreements and deeds of assignment, writer’s agreements, script editor agreements and joint venture / co-producer agreements.
Producer Offset Advice and Documentation
Advice on the Australian Producer Offset requirements, documentation and procedures (including advice relating to corporate structure); reviewing, negotiating and settling Producer Offset loan agreements together with applicable security agreements, and preparing and lodging security registrations; managing competing stakeholder interests in respect of such agreements and securities.