Matthew C. Thompson
Courtesy of Sidley Austin
United States

Sidley Austin LLP


Partner / Head, Media & Entertainment Group

Thompson has been at the forefront of the red-hot music catalog sales market as leader of the media and entertainment group for Sidley Austin, closing $1 billion in music-related acquisitions for Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. In May 2021, he represented Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group, and his wife, actress Roma Downey, in the sale of MGM to Amazon for $8.45 billion. (As stakeholders in MGM, they’re reportedly set to earn nine figures from the deal.) Thompson also put together two significant joint ventures: repping former ESPN content chief Connor Schell in his pact with Chernin Entertainment Group, creating a new studio that will produce high-end nonfiction projects, and prodco Neon in its deal with Bleecker Street to form digital distribution solutions provider Decal.


  • Entertainment One
  • ITV
  • Sidley Austin LLP


  • University of California–Berkeley (CA, USA)
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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