Summit names legal heads


NEW YORK -- Summit Entertainment has appointed David Friedman as executive vp and general counsel and Andrew Matosich as executive vp business affairs.

The two will report to COO Bob Hayward, with Friedman overseeing all legal matters and Matosich supervising business affairs. Each takes a newly created position at the independent studio, which launched in April, and will work from its Los Angeles headquarters.

Matosich is transitioning from his previous role as executive vp and general counsel of Summit Entertainment L.P., the company that expanded into its current form as a film distributor. The exec elected to concentrate on business affairs following the company's expansion into new arenas in the film industry.

Friedman arrives from Paramount Pictures, where he served as executive vp, corporate transactions and deputy general counsel. He handled individual and slate motion picture financing and co-financing transactions, including equity and territorial co-financing and distribution deals, tax and subsidy arrangements and acquisition, disposition and restructuring transactions.

Before joining Paramount in 1995 as a vp and associate general counsel, Friedman was a partner with entertainment law firm Sinclair Tenenbaum Olesiuk & Emanuel, vp and corporate counsel for production outfit Nelson Entertainment and an associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. He is a 1984 graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.

Since joining Summit in 1995, Matosich has overseen its international agency and licensing transactions, litigation and corporate matters. He helped structure and negotiate financing, distribution and production agreements and led theatrical business and legal affairs. He previously was an associate with Bryan Cave, where he handled securities litigation and licensing transactions. Like Friedman, he also served as an attorney at Stroock, specializing in securities litigation and developing an entertainment practice. Matosich is a 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

THR, ESQ. staff contributed to this report.
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