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Lindsay Conner, partner, entertainment & media, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

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Conner’s film and television client base is global. “In finance, production and distribution alike, we need to bridge cultures and continents to create a winning team,” he says of repping a Swiss bank in its $50 million production loan to “The Wolf of Wall Street,” one of the most expensive indie film projects of 2012. Earlier, in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s $150 million pact with Hemisphere Capital Management, Conner was lead counsel in the slate co-financing deal for SPE tentpoles “The Smurfs,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Men in Black 3.” As a veteran outside counsel for studios, networks and distribution companies, he says “in today’s economic climate, closing studio slate deals is like diplomacy: they require a careful aligning of interests, great attention to complex details, and an instinct for practical problem-solving.” Another indie deal he brokered: Wal-Mart’s financing of Emilio Estevez’s “The Way.” He also repped former baseball major leaguer Mike Piazza’s production shingle in a financing deal on a historical feature film.

Outside the office: Financier and taste consultant for wife Rena’s SlimRock Mixers beverage company

Top cause: Coro Foundation, which trains future leaders in media, government, business, labor, and community orgs

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