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Jaunt VR Snags TiVo's Former Top Lawyer

Virtual reality media company Jaunt Inc. has hired Matthew Zinn as its first general counsel and corporate secretary.

Zinn wrote on LinkedIn earlier this week that the San Mateo, California-based cinematic virtual reality company offers "awesome technology and a stellar group of people to work with to create enriching and entertaining immersive experiences."

Zinn, who joined the company this week, previously worked for TiVo Inc. as its general counsel, SVP, chief privacy officer and corporate secretary.

TiVo was acquired by Rovi Corp. in September 2016. (Rovi changed its name to TiVo.) After nearly 17 years with TiVo, Zinn told Corporate Counsel via LinkedIn message that he "felt it was time for a career move," adding, "it was a natural time for a transition."

Zinn helped with the "Rovi transition" through January of this year, he said. He then took a few months off before deciding to join Jaunt VR—a decision he said he made "because I like working on new video platforms and I am a big believer in the power of virtual and augmented reality technologies to provide enriching and entertainment experiences unlike anything we've seen before."

Jaunt has produced VR content including a 360-degree view of a Paul McCartney concert, a VR short with Danny DeVito and the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" cast, and VR commercials for brands like Google, Mattel Inc. and Budweiser. Its investors include media giants like The Walt Disney Co,, Google Ventures, Axel Springer and The Madison Square Co., among others.

George Kliavkoff, Jaunt president and CEO, said in a statement that Zinn "brings a wealth of experience to Jaunt, not only in the legal realm, but from a business perspective as well."

Kliavkoff continued, "His extensive experience with both established and emerging media companies is a perfect match for Jaunt, as we continue to witness the rapid growth of VR and the related evolving mediums. I am excited to have him as a member of the team and am looking forward to the contributions he will be able to make to the business."


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Stephanie Forshee is a writer for Inside Counsel magazine. Previously, she has worked for the Puget Sound Business Journal, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and Auto...

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