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Peter D. Csathy

Peter D. Csathy

Manatt Digital Media
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Peter Csathy is CEO of Manatt Digital Media, which offers innovative full-service business consulting and legal services, as well as venture capital. He is a media and digital media entrepreneur, senior executive, negotiator and dealmaker with an unbroken track record of success in start-up and emerging growth companies, as well as major and independent media companies. Mr. Csathy's career spans Internet, music, motion pictures/video, live entertainment, and technology. Mr. Csathy helps clients by leveraging his vast network of relationships and unique breadth of business and operational experience that is equally split between new and traditional media.

Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Csathy was President and CEO of Sorenson Media, Inc., a highly respected global video company that services virtually all media companies and 70 of the Fortune 100. He continues to sit on the board of Sorenson Media. Mr. Csathy previously served as the CEO of social network and online video technology company Sightspeed, Inc., and negotiated the  company's successful acquisition by Logitech, Inc., in 2008. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Csathy was President and Chief Operating Officer of MusicMatch, Inc., where he structured and closed industry-first music licensing agreements and         drove the company's successful partner-focused distribution and marketing strategy. MusicMatch was acquired by Yahoo! in 2004.

In addition to those roles, Mr. Csathy was also the Chief Operating Officer of digital media start-up eNow, Inc. (acquired by AOL in 2006), a Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs of Universal Studios, and a senior business and legal affairs executive at New Line Cinema and Savoy Pictures Entertainment. At these companies Mr. Csathy structured and negotiated agreements ranging from multibillion-dollar international joint ventures, to M&A and corporate partnerships valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, to major media content licensing deals, to entertainment talent deals. He began his career as a media, entertainment and IP attorney.

Mr. Csathy is a noted digital media thought leader, who was selected to serve on a media and technology commission that made recommendations to the Obama Administration. He is a prolific blogger for many of the most influential and respected digital media and venture blogs, including TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and Fast Company, as well as on his own highly regarded Digital Media Update blog.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1988. Board of Student Advisors.
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1985.

Memberships and Activities

  • Mentor and advisor to multiple organizations, including The Founder Institute, Giving Tree Movement, Utah Film & Media Arts Commission, and Portland Seed Fund.
  • Board Member, Sorenson Media, Inc., and Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego.
  • Founder and principal in FM3, a youth- and social cause-based music festival (currently in development for launch in late 2014).

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