Matthew Garrahan is an award-winning journalist who covers the media beat in his job as Los Angeles Correspondent for the Financial Times. Based in southern California since 2006, he reports on Hollywood and the intersection of digital technology and media, covering the outsize personalities and trends that shape the film and television industries.
In the last six years he has broken stories on a range of
topics, covering everything from YouTube's entry into Hollywood and
the rise and fall of MySpace to the record-breaking $3bn
syndication run of Seinfeld. He writes features, columns and
investigative pieces - such as his recent examination of the
fallout from Walt Disney's purchase of Marvel Entertainment - and
has interviewed everybody from Hugo Chavez to Angelina Jolie, Larry
David to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He writes broader stories on California politics, economy and
culture and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential election
Prior to moving to the west coast Matthew was based in London,
where he was the FT's Leisure Industries correspondent, covering
sports business, travel and gaming.
Matthew has a BA in English and American literature from the
University of Warwick and currently lives in Los Angeles.