Matthew N. Sugarman


Los Angeles


Matthew N. Sugarman is a shareholder in the Firm’s entertainment practice group.

Matthew’s practice focuses on the representation of writers, actors, directors, producers and commercial, management and production companies in motion picture, television and digital media. Matthew has also worked extensively in connection with the development, financing, production, distribution, licensing and acquisition of audio-visual productions in all media. His practice also includes merchandising, endorsements, and print publishing.

Matthew has served as a member of both the Syllabus Committee of the USC Institute for Entertainment Law and Business and the Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute of The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. In addition, he is actively involved with several charities including the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, and is an avid science fiction, fantasy and comic book reader. Prior to attending law school, Matthew helped to found the business and legal affairs department at Walden Media in New York City, worked on the advance team for Bill Bradley’s 2000 U.S. Presidential campaign, participated in the investment banking trainee program at a top Wall Street investment house and served as a Page in the U.S. Senate.

Speaking Engagements

Matthew spoke at Wondercon on the process of shopping a comic book property in Hollywood, in a program entitled, “From Page to Screen.”

Matthew received his J.D. in 2004 from the University of Southern California Law Center, where he was a quarter-finalist in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and received his undergraduate degree, with a dual major in political science and sociology, from the Brandeis University in 1999.

USC Institute for Entertainment Law and Business
Syllabus Committee Member

The Entertainment Industry Leadership Institute
of The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles


Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report 2015

J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, 2004

B.A., Brandeis University, 1999

Webinar: Comic Book Law 101 – The Ins-and-Outs of The Comic Book Industry

On September 8, Weintraub Shareholder Matt Sugarman will present as part of the American Bar Association webinar Comic Book Law 101. This panel will explore the comic book industry, its place in greater pop culture, and the key legal issues attorneys practicing in this area should know. Topics covered will include…

  • When: Sep 8, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

WT Deals: ‘A Man In Full’ Premieres on Netflix

In Netflix’s “A Man In Full,” Jeff Daniels and Diane Lane star as Charlie Croker, a crumbling real estate mogul, and his ex-wife Martha. Lucy Liu, Tom Pelphrey, Sarah Jones, William Jackson Harper, Aml Ameen, Jon Michael Hill, and Chanté Adams round out the star-studded cast. Based on Tom Wolfe’s…

WT Clients: Films Premiere at 2024 SXSW Festival

Several Weintraub clients had high-profile premieres at the recent SXSW Film Festival in Austin (March 8-16, 2024). Director Doug Liman unveiled his remake of “Road House” starring Jake Gyllenhaal at this year’s festival. Produced by Amazon MGM Studios, the film also stars Jessica Williams, Billy Magnussen, Lukas Gage, and Conor…

WT Clients: “Cheech & Chong’s Last Movie” Premieres at SXSW

Weintraub client Cheech Marin reunites with iconic comedic partner Tommy Chong for “Cheech & Chong’s Last Movie.” The film, premiered at SXSW, showcases their decades-long, up-and-down relationship in the documentary/road-trip comedy. Weintraub shareholders Stan Coleman and Matt Sugarman represent Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Read the review by The Hollywood Reporter.

WT Deals: Jessica Varley to Write and Direct “The Astronaut”

Weintraub Client Jess Varley (Phobias) makes her solo writing and directing debut with the sci-fi thriller The Astronaut, which begins filming in Ireland in October (under an interim SAG-AFTRA agreement). Kate Mara, Gabriel Luna, and Laurence Fishburne lead the cast. The Astronaut is produced by Brad Fuller and Cameron Fuller…

WT Deals: Gregg Simon to Direct New Thriller “The Patience of Vultures”

Weintraub client Gregg Simon is set to direct “The Patience of Vultures,” a neo-noir crime thriller presented by Pulsar Content, XYZ Films, and WME Independent. Luis Guzmán (“Narcos,” “Traffic”) and Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones,” “Deadpool”) are set to lead the ensemble cast, which also includes Josh Brener (“The Last…

WT Deals: Disney+ to Create Live-Action Adaptation of ‘Eragon’

Disney+ is set to develop a new live-action series based on the first book, Eragon, of the popular young adult book series The Inheritance Cycle, written by Weintraub client Christopher Paolini. Paolini will co-write and executive produce the series, alongside Bert Salke via Co-Lab 21. The studio will be 20th…

WT Deals: Sony Pictures Television Acquires “Faust” Superhero Comic

Sony Pictures Television has acquired the superhero horror comic “Faust” for development into an animated series. Creators David Quinn (writer) and Tim Vigil (artist) of Rebel Studios will serve as consulting producers on the adaptation.  Brian Giberson of Black Mask Entertainment will executive produce and Matteo Pizzolo (Godkiller) will write…

WT Clients: Eight 2021 Hugo Award Finalists in Five Categories

Weintraub Tobin joins Matt Sugarman in congratulating his clients recently announced as Hugo Award Finalists: Best Young Adult Book: Naomi NovikBest Novel: Tamsyn MuirBest Novel: Mary Robinette KowalBest Novella: P. Djèlí ClarkBest Series: John ScalziBest Series: Mary Robinette KowalBest Dramatic Presentation Short Form: Noelle StevensonBest Dramatic Presentation Short Form: James…

WT Clients: Mary Robinette Kowal Wins Nebula Award for Best Novel

Matt Sugarman client Mary Robinette Kowal received the 2019 Nebula Award for her novel The Calculating Stars. The novel is the second installment in the Hugo-award-winning author’s Lady Astronaut series, which re-envisions the history of the space race. The prestigious award is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers…

WT Deals: Live Action Adaptation of Vault Comics ‘Vagrant Queen’

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman congratulates his clients F.J. DeSanto, Damian Wassel, and Vault Comics on the SyFy series order for a live-action adaptation of Vagrant Queen.  DeSanto and Wassel will serve as Executive Producers on the 10-episode, one-hour science fiction adventure series, which will air in 2020. For more…

Entertainment attorney Matt Sugarman announces latest deal

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman is excited to announce that Will Smith and Marc Forster’s Telepool backs Defiant Studios Horror Film slate.  ‘Phobias,’ a horror anthology, will be the first project produced under the agreement with Eric B. Fleischan’s Defiant Studios, with Kodiak Pictures and Telepool as co-producers and co-financiers.…

Los Angeles-based Entertainment attorney, Matt Sugarman announces latest deal

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman is excited to announce that Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment’s have negotiated the rights to produce John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War to develop as an original film. The novel is part of a six-book series and will be distributed by Netflix. Congratulations to Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment. To…

Entertainment Attorney Matt Sugarman Excited To Announce Latest Deal

Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Matt Sugarman is excited to announce the latest deal struck between Black creators, Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, Black Mask Studios, and production company, Studio 8. The comic series Black, which depicts a nation where only African-Americans possess superpowers, has been optioned to Studio 8 for the small…

Weintraub Tobin Raises Money for American Heart Association

For a third year in a row, Weintraub Tobin is working to raise funds for cardiovascular diseases and stroke by partaking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, September 21 at William Land Park. Our attorneys and staff work hard during the summer months to gear up for…

Weintraub Tobin Client Tracy Letts Wins Tony Award

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation is proud to announce that our client Tracy Letts has won a 2013 Tony Award for his role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Letts took home the award Sunday for best performance by an actor in a play for his portrayal of…