Kurland, Matthys Promoted at NBCU TV Studio

Feb 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal Television Studio has promoted Craig Kurland to VP of business affairs and Philip Matthys to director of business affairs. The announcement was made Tuesday by Rick Olshansky, executive VP of business affairs, to whom they will report.

Mr. Kurland previously served as director of business affairs for NBC Universal Television Studio, its predecessor, NBC Studios, and the NBC Network. Earlier, he served as director of program and talent contracts for NBC Studios. He is responsible for negotiating deals for actors, writers, producers and directors for the studio in connection with the development and production of shows for the network and cable entities.

Before coming to NBC Studios, Mr. Kurland worked for the Los Angeles legal firm of Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey from July 1998 to January 2001.

Previously, Mr. Kurland was with the law firm of Dewey Ballantine in Los Angeles in the entertainment/general litigation department. He began his professional career at the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los Angeles.

Mr. Matthys will be charged with negotiating “above-the-line” talent deals for NBC Universal Television Studio. His specific duties will include making agreements with actors, directors, writers and producers while coordinating with the programming, production, finance and casting departments.

Mr. Matthys comes to business affairs from within the NBC Universal Television Group, where he served as counsel in legal affairs beginning in January 2003. In that position, he drafted and negotiated legal terms of long-form development, talent and production agreements for the NBC Universal Television Studio. He also worked on licensing and distribution agreements for NBC Entertainment, NBC Enterprises and Bravo. Previously, Mr. Matthys was an attorney at the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella.