Matthew Thompson
Courtesy of Sidley Austin
United States

Sidley Austin LLP


Partner / Head, Media & Entertainment Group

The leader of Sidley’s media and entertainment practice and cofounder of its Century City office, Thompson has been at the center of a wide variety of sizable showbiz transactions, from talent deals to slate financing to the purchase and sale of companies. In recent months, his headline deals have been sports-related. He represented Dwayne Johnson and his business partner Dany Garcia in connection to their partnership with RedBird Capital to purchase the XFL out of bankruptcy, and he’s repping the group in connection with the league’s post-pandemic restructuring and relaunch. He also served as lead counsel for the Raine Group and its affiliates in the formation of action-sports company Thrill One Sports & Entertainment, which brought together Nitro Circus, Street League Sports Racing and Super Jacket Productions.


  • 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
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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