Mary Burrows


Mary is a partner in Lee & Thompson’s Television Group.

She joined the firm in 2013 after 13 years at FremantleMediaUK (previously TalkbackTHAMES) where most recently she was Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Drama and Scripted Comedy. While at Fremantle, Mary gained considerable expertise in negotiating and advising on the production and exploitation of drama, factual, comedy and entertainment programmes. She also acquired experience in managing complex multi-party deals including co-productions, as well as general corporate matters.

Mary’s time at Fremantle has given her a well-rounded understanding of the domestic and international television landscape and an ability to offer invaluable strategic commercial advice to her clients.

Prior to working at Fremantle, Mary gained experience working in production on factual programming.

Mary originally qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and has a Law degree and an Arts degree majoring in psychology.

Since joining Lee & Thompson, Mary has been advising a wide range of television clients on matters involving rights acquisition, distribution, formats, clearance and content, commissioning and financing with a particular focus on acting for TV production companies.

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