Ruth Hunter is a partner in Matheson's Finance and Capital Markets Department and head of the Entertainment Group with over 20 years' experience in the film and television sector and across the other sectors that comprise the creative industries.
A principal focus of Ruth's practice is feature film and television financing which includes representation of producers, lenders, financiers, distributors and others with respect to facilities to fund the production and distribution of feature films, television shows and other entertainment projects, including multiple party financings, equity investments, gap-financing, discounting, security and completion bond arrangements.
Ruth is known for her experience across complex international financing activities including pan-European co-production deals as well as her particular specialist expertise in negotiating facilities against Ireland's tax credit for film production.
As well as financing activities she provides production and content advice to producers, broadcasters, networks and studios producing content in Ireland for international distribution. She typically advises across the full suite of production related agreements including the necessary underlying rights and chain of title documentation and talent contracts, providing the entire range of general production counsel services extending to pre and post publication content and clearance advices, including with regard to errors and omissions insurance requirements.
Ruth also has an in-depth understanding of the requirements of the animation industry and represents some of the country's largest animation studios.
Ruth is a member of Screen Producers Ireland (the film producers representative organisation in Ireland) and the Audiovisual Federation and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) and sits on an industry steering committee established by key stakeholders in 2015.
Ruth Hunter is named a leading individual European Legal 500 2019
Lawyer of the year (Ireland) for media law Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition