Matthew Earnest is a founding Principal of Entertainment + Culture Advisors, specializing in market and financial analysis of large scale entertainment developments. Prior to forming ECA, Mr. Earnest was a senior member of the Entertainment Practice at Economics Research Associates (now Economics at AECOM) and Regional Director, managing the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
From casino resorts to urban entertainment retail districts, Mr. Earnest has advised both national and international clients on land use options, available markets, program sizing, and economic feasibility. Project clients have included entertainment companies, sports franchises, casino operators, private equity groups, and real estate developers. As a leader in a global entertainment practice, project work has included assignments in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, and across the United States.
Prior to joining ERA and then AECOM, Mr. Earnest was an independent consultant specializing in analysis of branded attractions and entertainment retail development. Clients included private equity, non-profits, and a multi-national consumer products company. For his clients, Mr. Earnest provided financial analysis, attendance estimates, program strategies and operational feasibility. Mr. Earnest holds a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.