Internship Experience @ TMT Law Practice, Mumbai: Work on Media and Entertainment Laws

Name. College. Year of Study

Heema Shirvaikar, V Year, Symbiosis Law School, Pune

Name of the organization. City

TMT Law Practice, Mumbai (Andheri Office)

Duration of the internship

1 month. 1st June, 2016 to 30th June, 2016)

How big was the office? Team strength?

To my unreliably limited knowledge, TMT also has a litigation office in Mumbai located somewhere in South Bombay but I was interning at the Andheri office of the firm where all the corporate media work is handled by the firm’s Managing Associate Ms. Divvya Verma.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I had applied to Divvya directly at [email protected]

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

I worked here for the period of one month from 1 June, 2016 to 30 June 30 June 2016. When I joined, the office hadn’t been set up as such so there wasn’t any particular designated place of work. We would work from either the client’s office, or the associate’s house or sometimes it would be work from home.

The working hours too were a little erratic, considering that there was no particular workplace, but they’re in the process of setting up and establishing one. In any case, the working days are from Monday to Saturday.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

I stayed with my relatives in Andheri West, but there are plenty of PG accommodations available in and around Andheri.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

What I loved about this internship is that on the very first day instead of starting out with the work immediately, we were explained very meticulously about everything that goes into the whole process of production, right from the initial agreements between the producer and the cast/crew to the distribution and broadcasting processes involved at the later stage.

On my first day, Divvya made us read all the important sections and provisions of the Copyright Act, Contract and Specific Relief Act that go into the drafting of these agreements. She asked us to research on non-obstante clauses and where they’re used, she also gave us an insight on the new Copyright 2012 amendment and its possible repercussions on the various clauses and provisions of these contracts.

This was very helpful for the next entire month as it made the work so much more than mindless contract drafting as I knew the why and how of all the clauses that I was to include in the agreements.

Main tasks

A major chunk of the work involved was that of drafting and reviewing lots and lots of agreements. I got to draft a myriad of different types of media-related production agreements – cast and crew agreements, broadcasting rights licensing, film financing, etc. Occasionally there was also other research work and preparing case analyses.

What I would suggest is if you’re planning internship in media and entertainment law, then it is best to first acquaint yourself with the basics of it before starting out, like provisions of the copyright Act, having a little knowledge of broadcasting laws and so on, it will make the work so much more interesting and insightful.

Contract drafting can be a bit of a drab work, when all you’re asked to do is mostly copy-paste from an existing precedent and make a few changes within it. But here it wasn’t so for me.

Every new kind of agreement was a new learning experience and I got to know a lot about production agreements and processes. Divvya is extremely nice and helpful and ready to explain every detail if you’re stuck or unsure about anything.

Work environment, people

As already mentioned, the Managing Associate, Divvya Verma is extremely knowledgeable in this field and is very helpful and always ready to explain everything down to the minutest of detail without so much as even a hint of impatience or annoyance, this was the best part of the internship for me.

The team comprised of the Divvya, myself, one other co-intern with me and another associate who had just joined the firm.

Best things

The best thing was the knowledge and experience of media laws and production related processes that I took with me at the end of the internship! Seriously, this internship was a masterclass in media and entertainment law.

Bad things

Nope, nothing bad about this one.

There not being a workplace was a slight disadvantage maybe, but they are in the process of establishing one pretty soon.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

The internship was pretty chilled out in itself, the overall feeling was warm and friendly. Plus Andheri West is a great area for media work as all production houses, big and small are located here.

Stipend/ month

None.

Anything else you’d like to tell

This place is for those interested in hardcore media corporate work so people with expectations of litigation related casework may be in for a disappointment as there will be none. I got exactly the kind of work I wanted and I was extremely happy with it.

However, if you want to make a career in media and entertainment laws, then do not miss this internship! Before applying, it would be a good idea to acquaint yourself with the basics of media laws so you wouldn’t have to spend your as well as the associate’s time in getting the same explained.

I had a great time because I already had a background in IPR as well as study of media laws as an elective subject in college which made my experience pretty fruitful as I already had an idea of the law and got to focus on the practical aspect of it.

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