Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Matt Damon is one of today’s most respected and in-demand actors, writers, and producers, and has been honored for his diverse career achievements on both sides of the camera.
In 2022, Damon partnered with Ben Affleck to launch Artists Equity, an artist-led studio that creates entrepreneurial partnerships with filmmakers to empower their creative vision. Serving as Chief Creative Officer, Damon sets the company’s overall creative direction and strategy in partnership with Affleck.
The first film produced by the duo under their new banner is AIR, in which Damon stars alongside Affleck, Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, and Chris Tucker. Directed by Affleck, the highly acclaimed movie about the groundbreaking 1984 shoe deal between Nike and then-rookie Michael Jordan premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival.
Artists Equity has a number of projects in various stages of development, including Apple’s THE INSTIGATORS, which Damon and Affleck will produce, with Damon also starring alongside Casey Affleck, and SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE, the Cillian Murphy-led adaptation of Claire Keegan’s acclaimed novel.
Damon recently starred in the Academy Award winner FORD V FERRARI, Tom McCarthy’s STILLWATER, and Taika Waititi’s hit THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER for Marvel Studios. He also starred in Ridley Scott’s THE LAST DUEL, for which he co-wrote the screenplay, with Affleck and Nicole Holofcener, and was a producer.
Damon catapulted to fame with the 1997 hit drama GOOD WILL HUNTING, which he co-wrote and starred in with Affleck, earning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and numerous other writing and acting accolades. Damon has since earned two more Academy Award nominations, for his leading role in Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN, and for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood’s true-life drama INVICTUS. Damon also has seven Emmy nominations, including for his lead role in HBO’s acclaimed biopic BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, as well as his role on 30 Rock and his hosting of Saturday Night Live.
After attending Harvard University in his hometown of Boston, Damon built a portfolio of noteworthy acting credits including Francis Ford Coppola’s THE RAINMAKER, the title role in Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, the hit OCEAN’S and BOURNE franchises, THE INFORMANT!, Best Picture winner THE DEPARTED, the Coen brothers’ TRUE GRIT, ELYSIUM, George Clooney’s MONUMENTS MEN and SUBURBICON, and Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR. Damon will reconnect with Nolan in his much-anticipated upcoming feature, the fact-based drama OPPENHEIMER.
In 2000, Damon teamed with Affleck and Chris Moore to form the production company LivePlanet, to produce film, television, and new media projects. LivePlanet produced the documentary RUNNING THE SAHARA, directed by James Moll, as well as three seasons of the HBO series Project Greenlight, which earned Emmy Award nominations for each of its first three seasons and spawned multiple features.
Damon and Affleck also teamed on the Pearl Street Productions banner, which produced JASON BOURNE; PROMISED LAND, written and produced by Damon and John Krasinski and directed by Gus Van Sant; Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT; and Kenneth Lonergan’s MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, which received Academy Award, BAFTA, and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Picture. The company also produced Incorporated, written and directed by Alex and David Pastor, for the Syfy Channel.
In addition, Damon served as Executive Producer on the Showtime drama City on A Hill. He also executive produced and appeared in the History Channel’s The People Speak, based on a book by famed historian Howard Zinn.
Apart from his film and television work, Damon co-founded H20 Africa in 2006, now known as Water.org, a foundation that brings clean water and sanitation to countries around the world that suffer without that simple need. This year, Damon and his partner, Gary White, released their first book, “The Worth of Water,” the incredible true story of two unlikely allies on a mission to end the global water crisis for good.