Richard Brousson


After qualifying as a solicitor in the West End media law firm Davenport Lyons I did a brief stint in corporate finance at Berwin Leighton Paisner before going back to university and gaining a masters in TV and Video production. During the internet boom of the late nineties I joined and subsequently became Head of Legal of the Edison Interactive Group a digital media start up including the music events and production company Done and Dusted, where we produced Madonna’s first webcast from Brixton Academy in December 2000, which with 9 million viewers was the biggest recorded webcast the internet had ever seen. I spent a lot of time visiting music festivals around the UK from which we webcast live.

Unfortunately like many digital start-ups the Edison Interactive Group was way ahead of its time and didn’t survive. I subsequently joined Nicholson Graham Jones and went on secondment at the British Film Institute. Whilst I was on secondment NGJ became K&L Gates and almost by accident I found myself an associate of a huge American law firm.

In 2010 I went native and became General Counsel of the British Film Institute, where I remain today. Highlights have included the yearly London Film Festival, merging with the UK Film Council in 2011 and launching BFI Player in 2013, the BFI’s VOD platform.M

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1991-1994 Trinity College, Cambridge BA law
1994-1995 College of Law, London, Legal Practice Course;
1998-1999 Bournemouth University, MA in TV and Video Production
2006-2007 Kings College London, Postgrad Diploma in UK, European and US opyright law and related rig


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