Martin Cooper is a retired solicitor who practised for 40 years in Sydney and before the High Court. He has a higher degree in tax and trade practices law and has always specialized in entertainment and copyright law and associated corporate and tax law.
Having been a Senior Manager of Network 10 in Australia in the 1970s, he became General Manager, Corporate Planning for The News Corporation and spent six years running M&A for Rupert Murdoch. In that time News purchased Ansett Airlines, Chanel 10 Melbourne ,the London Times Group and the Herald & Times Group.
He was CEO of R&R Films, the partnership of Rupert Murdoch and Robert Stigwood and produced films such as “Gallipoli”. After leaving News in 1984 he set up a media law Solicitor’s practice in Sydney and represented major production companies, actors and directors and a range of other industry participants, including financiers, distributors and insurers.
Advisory Chair (Sydney)
From 1995 he ran the Australian Multimedia Enterprise, a PE investor in new media. Subsequently, he has been a director and mentor to many new media and games development companies, including Ratbagames, Team Bondi, which produced “LANoir” which sold over six million units and earned over $600m, and Rising Sun Pictures. He established the early stage venture fund Pre Angels Investments and has through it and directly invested in more than 15 start ups.
He has been involved in the financing of approximately 70 feature films and many documentaries and television programs. He has also advised on more than 20 Offer Documents for public offers for films and has issued seven in the name of his licensed dealer company. Recently, he has Executive Produced the films “Alex & Eve” and “The Yard”.
He has been a director of a number of companies in the Beyond International Group, television stations Ch10 in Sydney and Melbourne and have owned and operated a television station in Western Australia.
Martin has been for 30 years a Trustee of the Ted Noffs Foundation and is currently a Director of the Gut Foundation of Australia.