Matthew Syrkin

Partner

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Matthew Syrkin is a corporate partner at O’Melveny and co-chair of its MediaTech Group.

One of the country’s leading lawyers, Matt specializes in delivering business and strategic counsel across a wide variety of technology and commercial transactions. He is known for his pioneering work in structuring deals that are at the cutting-edge of media, technology, advertising, entertainment, consumer retail, and financial services. Whether it’s helping define the future of fintech or launching new streaming services, Matt is at the forefront of convergence.

Clients turn to Matt when it comes to negotiating innovative, first-of-their-kind deals and future-proofing their businesses. His deep industry experience, versatile skillset, and business acumen have made him a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Big Four accounting firms, major entertainment companies, global electronics companies, start-ups, and international businesses. From Madison Square Garden Corp., Ernst & Young LLP, and Roku, Inc. to Daimler, Sotheby’s, and WarnerMedia, Matt has counseled industry-leading businesses on critical matters across a wide range of industries and sectors.

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Languages

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 2004: Managing Editor, Cross Examiner
  • Georgetown University, B.S., East Asian Studies, 1998: Phi Beta Kappa; Certificate for Outstanding Achievement; Regent’s Citation Award for Academic Excellence

Professional Activities

Member

  • Programming Committee, Copyright Society of the USA
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association 

Speaker

  • “2018 Latin America Marketing Summit” (February 7-8, 2018)
  • Television and Disruptive Technologies: Copyright’s New Frontier,” Copyright Society of the USA (December 11, 2012)
  • “Microtransactions in Gaming,” DCM East Gaming Summit (June 2012)
  • “Copyright and Content in the Cloud,” Copyright Society of the USA (September 2011)
  • “Beg, Borrow, or Steel? Exploring Practical Solutions to the Music Sampling Debate,” Copyright Society of the USA (October 2010)
  • “Internet Rights And Technology: A Practical Legal Guide To Doing Business On The Internet,” New York City Bar (September 2010)
  • “Copyright and Patent Drive By,” New York University, Tisch School Telecommunications Graduate Program (November 2007)
  • “Introduction to Music Publishing,” Copyright Society of the USA (October 2007)
  • “Secondary Liability in a Perfect 10 World,” Copyright Society of the USA (April 2007)

Publications 

Media Mentions 


  • Represented Roku in its acquisition of Nielsen’s advanced video advertising business (including its revolutionary video automatic content recognition (ACR) technology and dynamic ad insertion (DAI) systems) and a long-term strategic media measurement and data licensing arrangement.
  • Represented Auction house Sotheby’s in launching its NFT marketplace, the “Sotheby’s Metaverse,” the first ever in the art industry, including an NFT platform development and investment transaction with NFT development studio, Mojito, and related NFT partnerships in sports and entertainment.
  • Represented SkyShowtime, a new streaming service that is a joint venture of Comcast and Paramount Global, with respect to its business platform and core device strategy across 22 markets in Europe. 
  • Represented WarnerMedia in a variety of OTT platform-focused license, online payment, data analytics, platform service, and subscriber agreements for the launch of HBO Max in its first international territory—Latin America. 
  • Represented Epix Entertainment, a division of Amazon’s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), in various distribution-related transactions, including negotiations with certain platforms in connection with the launch of its Epix Now direct-to-consumer service.
  • Represented MTV Games, a division of Paramount Global, in connection with the launch of its Rock Band video game franchise.
  • Represented Madison Square Garden Corp. in the development of the next generation of film, music, and entertainment technology for the “Sphere” venues, including development and manufacturing agreements for the world’s highest-resolution camera system for the largest LED screen ever created.
  • Represented Airlines Reporting Corp. (owned by the major US airlines) in the development of a transportation industry-focused blockchain solution for the booking, payment, and maintenance of ticketing and reservations, including collaborations with major airlines and blockchain technology developers.