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Entertainment lawyers, Social Construct form new TV finance firm

US entertainment law firm SmithDehn and production company Social Construct Films have set up Social Construct Media, a new TV and film business based in Northern Ireland.

SmithDehn counts Paramount, Fox Sony, HBO, ITV and the BBC among its clients and said the new Irish-based business will cover TV and movie development, financing, production and sales.

Social Contruct Media said it has a slate of scripted TV shows and films in development.

CEO Russell Smith said: “This is a natural progression for our law firm, as we’ve developed both expertise and extensive contacts in the business, from Los Angeles to the UK and Ireland. Our tie-up with Social Construct Media is a match made in heaven, allowing us to merge those strengths with the proven talents of our new film and television collaborators.”

Social Construct Media’s creative director and founder Zak Kilberg added: “With the combined resources of our new venture, Social Construct Media, we now have three feature films and three television series in development for production in the UK.”