Matthew C. Lefferts

Matt represents individuals and entities in all aspects of the entertainment industry, focusing on branded entertainment, television, digital media, film and theater law, in addition to literary publishing and digital music licensing. Matt represents companies ranging from major media agencies, internet distribution companies and online networks, to production companies and brand incubators.  Matt counsels such clients in, among other things, the development, production and distribution of content for television, the internet, mobile and other new media, as well as in connection with theatrical and television films, including documentary and reality television programming.

Matt works with major Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre producers and authors in all areas of the live theatre industry in connection with acquisition of underlying rights, financing and sponsorship of major musicals and dramatic plays, and negotiation of deals with authors, directors and other creators.

Matt's clients also include individual talent, including on-screen talent, celebrities, writers and directors in all areas of entertainment such as film, television, new media, theater and literary publishing. Matt has negotiated merchandising, spokesperson and employment agreements, as well as writer, actor and director deals in connection with the exploitation of literary and other creative works in film, television, theater, and digital media.

In 2013, Matt was listed by "Super Lawyers" in the field of Entertainment and Sports, ranking him among the top 5% of attorneys in New York State, according to that publication.  Matt received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He was admitted to the Bars of New York and New Jersey in 1993. Matt is a member of the New York Bar Association and its Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. He is the author of "Lights, Camera – Wait, what's that in the background?" on the use of intellectual property in film, and lectures on branded entertainment at the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Representative Work:

  • Counseling major media agencies in connection with the development, production and distribution of branded entertainment projects for the internet, television and mobile platforms.
  • Representing live stage theatre producers in connection with the acquisition of underlying rights, and the financing and production of Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and dramatic plays.
  • Production counsel for producers of scripted, reality and documentary television programming, including television series and specials.
  • Production counsel for theatrical motion pictures, including independent films and documentaries.
  • Negotiating endorsements and spokesperson deals on behalf of talent and companies.
  • Representing executives in the entertainment industry in connection with employment agreements.

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