Simon Cowell hires new legal chief from All3Media

Simon Cowell’s X Factor production company has hired a new legal chief from TV production and distribution company All3Media.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell

Lawyer Matthew Angel, who was controller of legal and business affairs at All3Media, has been appointed head of legal and business affairs at Syco Entertainment – the joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music that also produces Britain’s Got Talent.

The head of legal and business affairs role has been newly created because of the growth of Syco and its increasing international demands. Angel was recruited because of his specialist experience in TV and music.

He started his career in IP at Nicholson Graham & Jones, which is now part of K&L Gates, before moving in-house as sole counsel for the British Film Institute.

From there, Angel had a 10-year career in a variety of roles at ITV both in London and Los Angeles before joining All3Media.

His new role will include overseeing business affairs in the UK and internationally, working closely with a Sony legal team made up of Michael Smith, David Turnbull and Andy Young.

Angel said in a statement: “Syco’s an amazing company that continues to lead the way in global entertainment. I feel very lucky to be taking on such an exciting role and to be given the opportunity to work with such talented people.”

Charles Garland, Syco Entertainment’s global CEO, said: “Matt brings enormous and valuable experience to the team and his appointment reflects the growth of Syco over the last year”.

Syco has previously turned to Matrix Chambers’ Thomas Linden QC when involved in litigation (23 July 2010).