AudioUK has launched a new business affairs support service in partnership with Mint & Co, a legal and business affairs practice for the media, entertainment and creative industries.
From this week, Mint & Co’s team of specialist consultants will provide AudioUK member companies with support on all day to day legal and business affairs, from development through to production and exploitation of finished content and ancillary rights.
This will include a free consultation element and discounted member rates for further support.
Mint & Co has also drawn up a new set of 24 up-to-date contract templates for use in podcast, radio and other audio productions.
These, along with the advice service, will be for the exclusive use of AudioUK’s member production companies and to all companies which subsequently become a member of AudioUK.
Kellie While, Chair of AudioUK and Head of Creative, 7digital, said: “We’re really pleased to announce this new offer which we know will be of great benefit to all the podcast, radio and audiobook production companies which make up our diverse member base.
“It’s been great to work with Nicola and her team on creating this new service and up-to-date resources, which will save member companies a lot of time and money in their work.
“Our membership numbers are already at their highest level and we hope that this will be a major new incentive to more podcast and audio companies to join our community.”
Nicola Hartley, CEO and Founder of Mint & Co, said: “We’re delighted to team up with AudioUK to provide legal and business affairs support for members. We’ll be using our experience with audio clients to help them understand, protect and retain rights in their dealings with brands, broadcasters and platforms.
“Our podcast advisory work in particular has really grown over the last 12 months, leading to some really creative deal-making. And our experience across a wide range of creative industries enables us to leverage relevant knowledge, for example TV companies optioning audio formats is becoming increasingly common, as well as brands commissioning podcasts.
“I’m very excited and humbled for Mint & Co to be at the forefront of this booming industry and assisting AudioUK members.”