Lindsay Conner
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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Lindsay
Conner

Partner / Co-Chair, Entertainment & Media

He is co-chair of Manatt’s entertainment and media practice and heads the film, television and digital content practice group. He has served as chief outside entertainment counsel for major film studios and television networks, global telecommunications companies, film and television production and distribution companies, and digital media companies, as well as banks, financial institutions and private equity funds.

Conner’s clientele is global, and he advises clients through the entire life cycle of film, television and digital media assets. He has restructured the production and distribution of a multibillion-dollar television franchise, closed half-billion-dollar feature film finance and distribution deals, and negotiated studio film slate and independent film financing deals and international television finance, production and distribution deals, as well as deals for the acquisition of companies and film and television assets.

The Harvard Law School grad also represented Beijing’s Perfect World Pictures in its five-year, 50-film, historic 2016 deal with Universal, valued at $500 million, marking the first direct Chinese investment in a film slate of one of the six major studios. He also repped China’s largest publicly held film company, Huayi Bros, in its three-year, 18-film co-finance deal with STX Entertainment, and represented Sony Pictures Entertainment in two recent deals equaling more than $1 billion.

Career

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • Occidental College (CA, USA)
  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“The best piece of advice came from the greatest basketball coach of all time: UCLA's incomparable Coach John Wooden, who I had the good fortune to know. Wooden defined success as the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done the best you are capable of doing, to become the best you are capable of becoming. I have adopted that definition of success as my own. In a sometimes tumultuous world, it is a great source of inspiration and strength.”

What or who inspires you?

“I am inspired by the globalization of the entertainment industry. I want to ensure that international clients are treated fairly in Hollywood, and that American clients are treated fairly overseas. We have an opportunity to come together, rather than retreating behind walls, and we need to make the most of that opportunity.”

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