Steve Tsoneff


Steve Tsoneff is General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs at MWM (formerly Madison Wells Media), a diversified entertainment and media company focused on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live theater. Steve joined MWM in 2017 and is responsible for overseeing all legal and business affairs for the company and its three divisions: MWM Studios (film/TV), MWM Live (live theater), and MWM Interactive (immersive media).

Prior to joining MWM, Steve spent over 16 years at the leading international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a Partner and Co-Chair of the Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice Group. While at Gibson Dunn, Steve primarily represented film studios (including Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Paramount Pictures, and Universal Pictures) and production companies in their complex distribution, licensing and financial matters.

Steve has received numerous accolades over the years for his legal work in the entertainment field: The Hollywood Reporter named him one of its Top 100 “Power Lawyers” in 2013 and 2016; Variety named him to its “Dealmaker Impact Report” list in 2013 and 2016, its Legal Impact Report list in 2015 and 2016, its “Hollywood New Leaders” list in 2012, and its “Top 10 Up & Coming Entertainment Industry Dealmakers” list in 2008. Additionally, Chambers USA named him as an “Up and Coming” California Lawyer in the Media & Entertainment Transactional category in 2014 and 2015.

Steve holds an AB in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.