Matthew Hiltzik

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Matthew Hiltzik
Born (1972-05-12) May 12, 1972 (age 46)
United States
Residence New York City, New York
Education Cornell University (BSILR)
Fordham Law School (JD)
Occupation Publicist
Spouse(s) Dana
Children 3

Matthew Hiltzik (born May 12, 1972)[1] is an American publicist and the founder of the strategic communications and consulting firm Hiltzik Strategies, which represents high-profile organizations and individuals.

Life and career[edit]

Hiltzik was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from the Ramaz School.[2] He attended the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and then the Fordham University School of Law.[3]

After law school, he worked as press secretary and deputy executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee, where he worked on the 1998 campaigns of Chuck Schumer and Eliot Spitzer and Hillary Clinton's Listening Tour in July 1999. In December 1999, Hiltzik joined Miramax as head of corporate communications, where he was involved in public relations for Miramax Films, Miramax Books, Miramax TV, Talk magazine, and philanthropic and political fundraising and crisis management while also serving as personal spokesman for Harvey Weinstein and the company.[4]

In 2000, Hiltzik took a brief leave from the Weinsteins to re-join Hillary Clinton's campaign as the director of Jewish relations.[5] He soon left politics to rejoin with the Weinstein brothers, after the brothers finalized their deal to leave Miramax. Hiltzik teamed up with the U.K.-based publicity company, Freud Communications, to start up their U.S. operations.[6] He went out on his own in early 2008 to start up Hiltzik Strategies.[7] Hiltzik maintains his political roots advising Jose Antonio Vargas's DefineAmerican campaign to elevate the national conversation about immigration policy and to pass the DREAM Act,[8][9] and Thomas DiNapoli in his successful bid for New York State Comptroller.

He was executive producer of the documentary films Paper Clips[10] and Holy Land Hardball;[11][12] and co-produced the documentary Connected.[13][13][14] He is also a contributor to the Jewish magazine Tablet.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Hiltzik was honored by the New York Board of Rabbis in 2012 for his work in the Jewish community.[16]

In July 2015, the PR industry trade Everything-PR reported that Hiltzik was named to the board of directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation a not-for-profit corporation that promotes economic growth throughout New York City. [17]

Hiltzik resides in New York City. He is married to wife Dana and has three children.[15][18]


  1. ^ "178 days to election – JPMorgan loss gives D.C. leverage for more bank enforcement, regulation – Romney courts Va., evangelicals – N.C., site of Dem. convention, now headache for party". Politico. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Rosenblatt, Gary. "Joining ‘Gangs’ to Work With the Best: Executive producer Rick Schwartz savors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Martin Scorsese and others.", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 2, 2003. Accessed June 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Horowitz, Jason (October 28, 2009). "Profile of public relations guru Matt Hiltzik, a former Democratic operative". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Bing, Jonathan (June 20, 2001). "Miramax ups Hiltzik to VP – Entertainment News, Business News, Media". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Paybarah, Azi. "Hiltzik's Middle East Advice for Obama | The New York Observer". Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Mohr, Ian (June 22, 2005). "Hiltzik to interpret Freud's U.S. dreams – Entertainment News, Los Angeles, Media". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Matthew Hiltzik". Cityfile. July 13, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Legal Risks of Vargas's Immigration Revelation – National". The Atlantic Wire. June 22, 2011. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "Jose Vargas story turned down by Washington Post – Keach Hagey". Politico.Com. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
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  12. ^ Cockrell, Eddie (June 17, 2008). "Variety Reviews – Holy Land Hardball – Film Reviews – SilverDocs – Review by Eddie Cockrell". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Credits". Connected the Film. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  14. ^ Anderson, John (January 22, 2011). "Variety Reviews – Connected – Film Reviews – Sundance – Review by John Anderson". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Author bio". Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "Matthew Goldstein and Matthew Hiltzik Honored by NY Board of Rabbis". The Jewish Voice.
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  18. ^ Carrington, Daisy (February 27, 2006). "Molly Kate Hiltzik". New York Observer. Retrieved June 22, 2012.

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