MATT OATES began his career at Loyola Marymount University where he made a short film noir called The Missing, which screened at various international film festivals. After leaving LMU, Oates directed and wrote his second short, Coat Pockets, starring the late Brad Renfro and The Color Purple's Margaret Avery.
In 2006, Matt directed, produced and co-wrote Farewell Bender, his debut feature. The film tells the story of a group of twenty-somethings making sense of their lives in the wake of sudden death. During its run at the Tribeca Film Festival, Farewell Bender was sold to The Weinstein Company for domestic distribution.
After selling his production company, Picturehouse Entertainment, to Time Warner, Matt founded Midtown Entertainment, where he continues to produce shorts and music videos, including the award-winning video, We Don't Work, which was purchased by MTV.
Recently, Oates worked with Sony Crackle and Playstation on ISSUES, a multi-award winning webseries he directed and co-created. The show combines live-action and animation to take a comedic look at the world of superheroes and features the voice talent of Seth Green, Ron Livingston, Eric Stonestreet, Greg Grunberg and Rob Riggle.
Additionally, Matt directed a pilot presentation for AMC titled INBOX, written by Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner. The pilot just helped Ethan and Adrian land a pickup for their comedy series We Hate Paul Revere.