Deals for Assassin’s Creed, James Cameron and Tom Cruise Earn Attorney
“Legal Eagle” Recognition for Second Consecutive Year
Greenberg Glusker today announced that Entertainment Group chairman Matt Galsor was recognized in the fifth annual "Dealmakers Impact Report," Variety’s spotlight on the most influential Hollywood dealmakers.
“Matt’s momentum in the past year is phenomenal,” said Greenberg Glusker Managing Partner Stephen Smith. “He creatively negotiates and closes complex, cross-platform deals that place his A-list and emerging clients in the forefront of Hollywood’s changing business models.”
The Variety report highlighted the rise of independent and digital-driven business models in major entertainment deals, an area in which Galsor is forging a path. His structuring of Ubisoft Entertainment’s precedent-setting deal with New Regency to launch a tentpole movie franchise based on Assassin’s Creed, one of the best-selling video games of all time, was featured. The deal is viewed as standard-setting for the migration of video games into movies.
Recent notable deals led by Galsor, who was also named to the 2011 Variety “Dealmaker Impact Report,” include:
- Tom Cruise’s deals for “Jack Reacher,” “Oblivion,” and “All You Need Is Kill”
- James Cameron’s joint scientific project with National Geographic involving the expedition to the Mariana Trench; the deal involved sophisticated multiplatform strategies ranging from 3-D motion pictures to publishing and the Internet; Galsor also structured Cameron’s deal with Cirque de Soleil for “Worlds Away 3D”
- Lightstorm Entertainment’s acquisition of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series of novels by Taylor Stevens, which Cameron plans to direct
- Ernie Cline’s Armada deal, a high-concept, video-game focused book proposal follow-up from the New York Times best-selling author of Ready Player One; Galsor negotiated the movie rights deal and Dan Farah’s producer deal (Farah is also Galsor’s client) with Universal Pictures, and the project is now in development with Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films and Farah Films
- Mark Z. Danielewski’s publishing deal with Pantheon for The Fifty Year Sword
- Harmony Korine’s director and David Zander’s producer deals for Spring Breakers (in theaters Spring Break 2013)
- Dancing superstar Michael Flatley’s deal with Greenberg Glusker client The Weinstein Company to launch the World Dance Awards
- Tony Danza’s return to television deal with ABC for a sitcom The Guys, with Danza starring and with Dan Farah (also a Galsor client), Vince Vaughn, and Peter Billingsley executive producing
Galsor became chair of the Entertainment Group in November 2012. He launched and contributes to Film Independent’s Legal Ease blog. Galsor is a graduate of UCLA and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.