Formerly a solicitor with city firm Allen & Overy, Victoria Molony is a qualified lawyer with over 16 years’ pqe both in private practice and in-house. She is an expert deal negotiator and contract draughtsman, with many years’ experience across a broad spectrum of content and digital media rights, drafting and negotiating high-value, strategically important content-related deals for rightsholders and studios, television broadcasters and digital media platforms including the licensing of football rights and movies, and in-depth understanding of exploitation in the digital space.
Victoria’s own Molony Media Consulting has advised BT on its acquisition of Premier League football rights in the UK and the Republic of Ireland for the 2016-19 cycle and on its successful bid for FA Cup rights from 2014-18, as well as on a number of significant movie output deals from Hollywood studios, and has also advised a further 6 international broadcasters (cable, IPTV and online) on their acquisition of Premier League rights for the 2016-19 cycle, and a number of Premier League football clubs on rights matters. Victoria also advises on the licensing and exploitation relating to consumer-led changes around mobile and digital exploitation, apps, websites, clips etc, on distribution strategy, and J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore business on a raft of digital ebook distribution deals with all major platforms.
Victoria spent over six years at BT TV, managing the BT TV legal team and having responsibility for the acquisition pre-launch of all the sports content (both live and archive) for BT Sport. She led the BT deal team on transactions such as BT’s ground-breaking £738M acquisition of 2013-2016 FAPL rights, BT’s deals with Premiership Rugby, and deals for women’s tennis and MotoGP.
Prior to that, she led on BT’s deal with Sky for the rights to broadcast Sky Sports on BT’s platform and managed all of BT’s channel carriage deals for IPTV distribution (with various Viacom companies, Nat Geo, Eurosport, amongst others). During her time at BT, she also negotiated complicated TVOD and SVOD deals with all the major Hollywood studios, on an initial and renewal basis, and completed a huge variety of television programme rights deals with all the major distributors and channel operators.
Before BT, she worked for Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, and spearheaded, from a legal perspective, many of Warner’s first on-demand deals with telecoms operators across Europe.