Mathew Alderson, Attorney

Balancing international expectations and local realities.
 
Mathew Alderson

Mathew is an international transactional lawyer and corporate advisor with a focus on entertainment, technology and creative industries. Described as a “game-changing attorney” by Variety Magazine, Mathew leads our China media and entertainment practice from Beijing. He represents major Hollywood studios and producers on both motion picture and television projects. Mathew’s clientele extends to tech companies, promoters and event management companies, architectural firms, universities and publishers.

Mathew has had an office in Beijing since 2004, and moved there in 2009 to participate more directly in the opportunities offered by the city’s burgeoning media, entertainment and creative industries. Mathew has served as Co-Chair of AmCham China’s Media & Entertainment Forum since 2010 and is a regular contributor to AmCham’s Annual China White Paper.

Qualified in New South Wales, Australia, Mathew enjoys the excitement and challenges of living and working in China’s political and cultural center. He was born and grew up in Brisbane, Australia.

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Published Articles

Author of the UK-China Film & TV Toolkit.

Work published frequently on China Film Insider and Conventus Law.

Contributing blog writer on China Film, TV, and IP, China Law Blog.

Co-author, Media and Entertainment Chapter, American Business in China (White Paper), AmCham-China, 2011-2016.

Digital Redemption for China’s Movie Market,” Business Now, March 1, 2015.

Contributing Editor, Current Issues in Film Law, Butterworths, 2001.

Media Appearances

Chinawood,60 Minutes, August 14, 2016.

2015: The year China’s film industry doubled down on content,” China Economic Review, March 3, 2016.

China’s Dalian Wanda Sets Its Sights on Hollywood With Legendary Deal,” The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2016.

Legendary Deal Will Transform China’s Wanda Into Entertainment Giant,” Variety, January 5, 2016.

Hollywood goes to China but Arnie fans must play the game,” Financial Review, September 12, 2015.

Wechat is Tencent’s ace in China’s online entertainment race,” Reuters, May 12, 2015.

2014: The year China’s film industry got more industrial,” China Economic Review, January 27, 2015.

“The Inside Intel on Wanda Group’s $8.2 Billion China Studio Plan,” The Hollywood Reporter, November 25, 2013.

“Chinese Factual: Initial Fears Before a Long Haul,” Screen Hub, October 12, 2013.

Chinese Mogul Wang Jianlin Lays Down Challenge to Hollywood,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 23, 2013.

China’s Loming Entertainment Problem: Not Enough Lawyers,” The Hollywood Reporter, June 21, 2013.

Could China’s Growing Influence in Hollywood Affect Christian-themed Movies?“, Fox News, June 18, 2013.

‘Man of Steel’ Takes in Nearly $6 Million in China Opening“, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2013.

After the Controversy, ‘Django Unchained’ Flops in China,” Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2013.

“Hollywood Tasting Bittersweet Success in China,” China Digest, Issue 29, May 13, 2013.

How Hollywood’s Obsession with China May Change Movies Forever, Buzzfeed, May 12, 2013.

China May Pit ‘Skyfall’ vs. ‘Hobbit’,” Variety, November 12, 2012.

Speaking Engagements

The New UK-China Film & TV Toolkit,” Third UK-China Intellectual Property Symposium, Intellectual Property Office of UK & State Intellectual Property Office of PRC, Beijing, August 26, 2016.

Film production in China — an overview of legal & regulatory issues,” British Film Institute, London, August 5, 2016.

“TV production in China — an overview of legal & regulatory issues,” Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television, London, August 4, 2016.

China Film Finance – In Conversation with Bennett Pozil of East West Bank,” AmCham China, Beijing, April 21, 2016.

Intellectual Property and Film in China,” British Film Institute China Delegation, Beijing, April 17, 2016.

IP in China’s Entertainment Industry – the Big Issues,” AmCham China, AmCham China Conference Center, Beijing, March 21, 2016, 12PM-2PM.

“China Australia Film Collaboration,” Cinefest Oz Film Festival, Western Australia, August 27, 2015.

An Overview of Intellectual Property in Film and Online Broadcasting (VOD) Regulation in China,” China Britain Business Council, June 23, 2015.

Sino-foreign co-productions,” Beijing International Film Festival, April 20th, 2015.

“Legal aspects of China film production,” British Film Institute Roundtable, Beijing, March 7, 2015.

China’s entertainment industry: exploring the evolving legal and business landscape,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, November 3, 2014.

China’s booming entertainment business: a lawyer’s view,” Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, September 17, 2014.

“Intellectual property aspects of film production in China,” British Film Institute Roundtable, April 15th, 2014.

“Film Finance Seminar,” Shanghai International Film Festival, Shanghai, June 13, 2013.

“Australia-China Publishing Forum,” Beijing International Literary Festival, March 20, 2013.

“Market Access for Services in China,” American Chamber of Commerce in China, August 20, 2012.

“Current issues for American business in China,” United States Department of Commerce, Beijing, August 15, 2012.

“The role of foreign lawyers in assisting Chinese foreign direct investment,” The China International Fair for Trade in Services, May 29th, 2012.

“Sino-Foreign Film Co-Productions,” Beijing International Film Festival, April 23, 2012.

“Don’t Be a Bull in the China Shop,” 2011 Screen Producers Association of Australia Annual Conference, November 16, 2011.

“Sino-Foreign Feature Co-Productions: Legal Compliance for Foreigners in China,” Australia-China Film Forum, Beijing, December 10, 2010.

Education

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (B.A., LL.B, 1986, 1988)
  • The College of Law, Sydney, Australia (Legal Practice Course, 1989)