Matt is a partner in the Corporate and Intellectual Property practices, and co-leader of the Entertainment & Sports industry team. He advises his clients on legal matters related to entertainment, technology, new media and advertising. He is a trusted ally and strategic counselor on business and personal matters as they relate to the very visible career paths of his clients.
A self-described “music nerd,” Matt is a recovering musician, hopeless fan and dedicated professional. He has two decades of experience negotiating and drafting agreements for recording artists, songwriters, publishers, producers, business teams, labels, distributors, and concert promoters. He advises on copyright, licensing and other intellectual property matters and counsels his artist-clients in connection with their career decisions. Additionally, he has extensive experience with all aspects of the festival and live event industry and has assisted clients with the production of large-scale “happenings” on the domestic and international stage.
Matt’s film and television experience includes the representation of creative and business focused clients within the motion picture, television and media industries. He counsels major and independent film production companies in connection with business and legal matters related to film projects from start to finish, including financing arrangements, talent negotiations and contractual engagements, production requirements, IP protection and licensing, content clearance, advertising and promotions, and various ancillary activities. In addition, Matt has particular expertise with respect to Georgia’s dynamic film tax credit universe.
Matt also counsels participants in the visual art world, including museums, galleries, fine artists, muralists, photographers, and celebrity tattoo artists. His experience in the visual arts arena involves advising clients on matters ranging from contracts, licenses and intellectual property protection, to merchandising and commissioning arrangements, to complex sales, sponsorship, and licensing transactions. Within the publishing and new media space, he represents literary publishers, brand influencers, taste-makers and content creators on matters such as trademark and intellectual property fair use, licensing, advertising, sponsorship, advertising and promotional campaigns, sweepstakes, skill contests and other games.
Outside of the entertainment universe, Matt’s practice includes the representation of clients in connection with technology, e-commerce and life sciences matters. He handles general corporate and commercial projects, web-based commerce and intellectual property matters, content clearance and licensing, electronic advertising, website development, hosting and service agreements, electronic terms-of-use, privacy policies, and data use and protection policies, and legal and regulatory compliance concerning such matters, including trade and industry self-regulation guidelines.