Matthew C. Lefferts

Matthew C. Lefferts

Matt Lefferts is a partner at FWRV and has been with the firm since 1999.  Matt represents individuals and entities in all aspects of the entertainment industry, focusing on theater, branded entertainment, film, television, digital media and book publishing.

Matt is listed by Super Lawyers New York Metro edition in the field of Entertainment & Sports in 2013-2014, and 2016- Present. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. He regularly lectures on theater law and finance and branded entertainment, including as a guest instructor for the Commercial Theater Institute and at the Columbia University Law & Theatre Seminar.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia School of Law, and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Representative Work

  • Representing major Broadway and Off-Broadway theater producers, authors, theaters, investors, music publishers and rights owners in all areas of live theater, including the acquisition of underlying rights, financing of major musicals and dramatic plays, and negotiation of deals with authors, directors and other creators.
  • Counsel for entertainment related companies ranging from major media agencies, content owners and distribution companies, to production companies and brand developers in connection with the development, production and distribution of branded entertainment, scripted, reality and documentary television programming, podcasts, as well as for theatrical motion pictures, including independent films and documentaries on all platforms.
  • Representing individual talent (writers, actors, producers, directors, composers) in all areas of entertainment.
  • Negotiating endorsement, influencer and spokesperson deals on behalf of talent and companies.