Matthew is Senior Vice President, Business Development for Pacifica Ventures, and leads or co-leads the development team for Pacifica’s projects in the U.S. and worldwide. He is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on government-provided incentive programs for film and television production.
Matt joined Pacifica Ventures in 2004, shortly after the acquisition of the Culver Studios was completed, and was a part of the team that evaluated and reorganized the studio operations at that facility. In 2005 he led Pacifica Ventures LLC’s advance team in New Mexico, negotiating the land purchase agreement for Albuquerque Studios and paving the way through the planning process for that studio in record time.
In 2006 he was promoted to Vice President of the company and with Dana Arnold led the team that won the public tender process to take over and redevelop Elstree Studios near London, only to have the transaction disrupted by serious environmental issues. Since then, he has been instrumental in the financing and planning for Pacifica Ventures LLC’s new facilities in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and has led the development team for Pacifica Ventures’ joint venture project in the UK, as well as on several other international projects in the works that have not yet been announced publicly.
Prior to joining Pacifica Ventures LLC, Matthew spent several years in motion picture business affairs at Sony Studios. Previously, he was an award-winning independent filmmaker and theatrical producer, with short films that he wrote, produced and directed shown at film festivals around the world (Gold Medal, Worldfest Houston; CINE Golden Eagle; Best Director, Festival du Mons, Belgium; etc.). As a director and producer of live theater, his productions were favorably reviewed in the Los Angeles Times and he was personally awarded a Dramalogue Award in 1994. His varied background also includes working “below-the-line” as a production (on set) sound mixer for 10 feature films.
Matthew holds a B.A. in History from Vassar College and an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.