John D. Maatta is a California-licensed attorney who is a founding partner of HTM Partners LLP, an entertainment law firm located in Beverly Hills and New York City. His practice focuses primarily on entertainment and media transactions, including the development and production of motion pictures, television and streamed content, the representation of content creators and performers, and the distribution of programming by theatrical, broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. John is experienced with a wide range of issues involving production, finance, distribution, affiliate relations, human resources, broadcast standards, and matters involving media-related technology, marketing, advertising and branding.
John is also a highly experienced trial lawyer, having tried lengthy and complex jury trials, and has litigated matters in both State and Federal courts.
John spent several years as a senior executive at Warner Bros. and The CW Television Network. At the CW Television Network, John served as co-head of the network where he was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel responsible for the following operating departments: Media Sales, Finance, Technology, Business Affairs, Legal, Broadcast Standards, Network Distribution, and Human Resources.
At present, in addition to advising creators and distributors of entertainment content, John advises and actively works with entrepreneurs and management teams at start-up and growth phase companies. John was the CEO of Wizard Brands, Inc. from May 2016 until November 2020, where he oversaw the operations of Wizard Entertainment (www.wizardworld.com) and Jevo Holdings (www.getjevo.com). John remains on the Board of Directors of Wizard Brands, Inc.
John is the former Chairman of Trader Vic’s Restaurant Corporation and is a current member of the Trader Vic’s Board, and the former President of UNICEF, Southern California.
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