Law firm makes a splash with TV presenter contract deal | 11 January 11
LAW firm Ward Hadaway has helped a marine biologist turned TV presenter seal a deal with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions, to appear on a flagship Channel 4 series.
The creative industries team at Ward Hadaway, led by partner Laura Harper, advised Tooni Mahto (left) on her contract to appear on Jamie’s Fish Supper.
Part of the Big Fish Fight season currently running on Channel 4, Jamie’s Fish Supper aims to encourage people to cook meals with less familiar varieties of fish than over-fished staples such as cod and tuna.
Tooni has been chosen to take part in the series to give her expert take on how over-fishing affects the marine population – and how cooking with less celebrated fish can keep stocks healthy.
A First Class Honours Marine Biology graduate with a Masters Degree in Oceanography, Tooni is also a highly qualified commercial diver and instructor who has travelled all over the world leading scientific expeditions and conservation projects.
She is involved in marine conservation in a number of capacities, including filming, communication and education and has worked behind the camera on underwater sequences in dramas, movies and documentaries.
Tooni appeared in front of the camera for the first time as a presenter in the BBC2 series Oceans, an eight-part documentary series which looked at the state of the planet’s oceans and their ongoing global significance.
Laura Harper from Ward Hadaway, who advised Tooni on her contracts for Jamie’s Fish Suppers and Oceans, said: “Tooni has an amazing array of talents and is a real expert in her field so it was a pleasure to be able to advise her on this latest contract.”
Tooni Mahto said: “Laura and her team at Ward Hadaway have been really helpful with this latest contract.
“It is great to be able to deal with people who can not only provide good legal advice, but who also know how TV production works and can translate that into the guidance they give you.”
Ward Hadaway’s creative industry team advises a wide range of clients including broadcasters, artists, bands, designers, TV production companies and film makers.
The team has previously advised on projects including an international collaborative film project, a US commission for renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe Limited and a public artwork at the Salford Quays development in Greater Manchester.
Jamie’s Fish Supper runs on Channel 4 from January 12 to 16.
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