Christoph Fey

Christoph Fey is an experienced copyright lawyer, internationally recognized for his work in the business of film and television.

After working at UNVERZAGT VON HAVE, he founded his own law firm in 2020, with Harro von Have: VON HAVE FEY.

Alongside being a lawyer, he heads the Entertainment Master Class (EMC), a not-for-profit, peer-to-peer executive education program, which he founded, together with Roland Willaert, John Gough and David Lyle, back in 2005, as the first “Format Academy” worldwide.

His entry into the global television business was in 2001, when he was hired to set up the Format Recognition & Protection Association (FRAPA). While building FRAPA’s dispute resolution program from 2002 to 2005, he also acted as the association’s first managing director.

In 2005, he was inducted into the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and, in 2009, elected to the board of governors of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. He has been a voting juror for the International Emmy Awards and the Rose d’Or Awards. A sought after speaker, he teaches at film schools, delivers keynotes at conferences around the world, and has been a regular commentator and analyst of the business, giving interviews featured in many leading newspapers, such as Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The New York Times and The Guardian, among others.

Christoph is the author of several essays and books on copyright law, format protection and the business of television entertainment. His most recent book is “Trading TV Formats”, published by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Christoph lives in Berlin.