Charles-Edouard Renault specializes in media, audiovisual and entertainment law, as both advisor and litigator and is thus continually at the forefront of new developments linked to content and technology in the production sector (website content, film restoration and digitalization, VOD and SVOD etc.), film finance and M&A operation in the entertainment sector as well as in communication crisis (corporate or professional e-reputation protection, follow-up of online audio and video playback content).
As one of the few French arbitrators at the International Film & Television Association (IFTA, Los Angeles) and at WIPO (Geneva) for Film & Media ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Charles-Edouard Renault is very active in entertainment litigation and film production disputes.
He has extensive experience in assisting French motion picture companies as well as financial institutions, and has been involved in the legal aspects of various international film productions, several of which were nominated for the International Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars and the Berlin International Film Festival.
He is co-author of “From Script to Screen – The importance of Rights Documentation in the Distribution of Films” published in January 2012 by the WIPO and also regularly publishes articles on legal topics in the French and international markets.
He is an associate professor at Lyon University in media law and gives lectures at the Erich Pommer Institut GmbH für Medienrecht in Berlin, Vienna and Vilnius since 2006.
He is also recognized by numerous international rankings as leading individual and Ranked Lawyer for his media law and Entertainment practice (Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, Media Law International).
French - English
Member of the Paris Bar since 1996.
2002 Alumni of the Multimedia Institute
1994 Master’s degree in Publishing Management, ESCP Europe Business School
1992 Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, Paris-II University
Charles-Edouard Renault, “Référé Liberté : une victoire à la Pyrrhus du Cinéma”, Ecran Total, décembre 2020
Charles-Edouard Renault, Nina Gosse, “Entertainment industry: prospective use of blockchain for IP protection and smart contracts and potential set up of new networks”, International Bar Association, septembre 2018
Charles-Edouard Renault, “SVOD platform investments in the Entertainment industry: a need for opening the « Windows »”, IBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, octobre 2017
Charles-Edouard Renault, “Netflix Game – Pour une chronologie des média renouvelée”, Ecran Total, mai 2017
Charles-Edouard Renault, “Withdrawal of a French DDT TV channel broadcasting licence: French audiovisual regulator fights back”, IBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, décembre 2015
Charles-Edouard Renault, “Newen : du rififi dans la production indépendante”, Ecran Total, novembre 2015
Charles-Edouard Renault, “Abrogation de l’autorisation de diffusion de Numéro 23 : le gendarme se rebiffe”, Ecran Total, octobre 2015
Charles-Edouard Renault, “L’affaire Rhône-Alpes Cinéma remet en cause les aides régionales”, Légipresse, juillet-août 2014
Charles-Edouard Renault, “« Mein Kampf » retiré d’une vente aux enchères : légalement, rien ne l’interdisait”, Le nouvel observateur, mai 2014