Matt Galsor




Matt Galsor chairs Greenberg Glusker's Entertainment Group. His entertainment deal portfolio includes Hollywood’s highest profile talent and properties as well as emerging actors, writers, producers and directors shaping the new entertainment paradigm.

Named by Variety in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as one of the Entertainment Industry's top dealmakers, The Hollywood Reporter as one of America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys and by The Recorder as one of its "2012 Attorneys of the Year,”  Matt plays a prominent role representing video game publishers migrating interactive properties into movie productions.  He structured the tentpole deals for Ubisoft Entertainment’s Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, which Variety listed as the sixth most significant deal of 2012 and is viewed as the industry standard for successful video game-to-movie deals.

Matt’s clients include such established talent as Tom Cruise, James Cameron, Tony Danza, Larry King and Michael Flatley.  He also represents an amazing group of young talent, including Ernie Cline, Alan Polsky, Dan Farah, Corey Ackerman, Kevin Cornish, Jacob Soboroff, Mark Danielewski, and Harmony Korine.  He regularly represents actors, writers, producers and directors in film, television, and new media to negotiate, structure and close:

  • Acting agreements
  • Writing agreements
  • Directing and producing agreements
  • Pilot and series agreements for show creators and non-writing executive producers
  • Movie rights options and reacquisitions 
  • Employment agreements for executives, talent agents and managers

In his practice, Matt combines representing high-profile, studio-backed talent and projects with creating new opportunities for clients outside the established studio structures.  He shares his trademark wry and practical approach to entertainment law and deals in the Legal Ease blog, which he launched in conjunction with Film Independent.

Entertainment Deals

Some of the most recent notable deals include:

  • UbisoftNegotiated Ubisoft Entertainment’s 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; Matt also negotiated Ubisoft’s deal for the big screen adaptation of the top-selling Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell video game
  • Tom Cruise - Structured Tom Cruise’s deals for films “Jack Reacher,” “Oblivion,” andAll You Need Is Kill
  • James Cameron - Represented James Cameron in Lightstorm Entertainment’s acquisition of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series of novels by Taylor Stevens; Matt was involved in Cameron’s deals for Cirque de Soleil’s “Worlds Away 3D” and the joint scientific project with National Geographic involving the expedition to the Mariana Trench
  • Harmony Korine and David Zander – Represented director Korine and producer Zander for Spring Breakers”
  • Ernie Cline - Structured and negotiated the deal for young author and screenwriter in Universal Pictures’ acquisition of the film rights to his upcoming novel Armada
  • Michael Flatley - Represented dancing superstar in a deal with another Greenberg Glusker client The Weinstein Company to launch the World Dance Awards
  • Tony Danza – Negotiated the actor’s television sitcom return in The Guys” for ABC, starring Danza; Matt’s client Dan Farah is executive producing, along with Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley
  • Mark Z. Danielewski – Negotiated publishing deal with Pantheon for “America’s most successful experimental fiction writer,” according to the New York Times, for The Fifty Year Sword

Professional Affiliations


Media & Speaking Engagements

Buyout Binge: Consolidation Sweeps Reality TV Looking for scale, global comglomerates by production companies, Variety: Dealmakers' Impact Report, 2014
Forbidden Fruit Preview - Readings From Banned Works of Literature, Splash Magazines, April 4, 2013
Greenberg Glusker Partner Matt Galsor Named Chair of Entertainment Group, November 5, 2012
Legal Ease, Film Independent , 1/1/1900
Matt Galsor Named to PEN Center USA Advisory Board, November 12, 2013
Reading the Forbidden Fruit, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 10, 2013