Sophie Argent

ITN media lawyer gives a guide to the main legal issues that arise in content production.

Sophie Argent, media content lawyer, gives a whistle-stop tour of the most common legal and compliance issues when making or editing TV programmes.

Sophie covers filming with children, swearing, consent, privacy, fairness and copyright, explaining how those issues affect dramas, documentaries, news and current affairs.

This guide is a great introduction for those new to the industry and for anyone wanting a refresher course, to enable confidence when pitching and producing innovative and compelling content.

About Sophie Argent

Sophie Argent is a highly experienced media content lawyer and advises on issues such as compliance with the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, defamation, contempt of court, copyright and ethical issues that often arise in programme-making.

Sophie’s advice and experience span both factual and scripted programming and she has worked for Ofcom, Channel 4 and currently works for ITN where she advises on news and investigations.

About the event

This is a video of an online event that took place on 17 June 2020. The event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. It’s part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient during the coronavirus pandemic.