Lindsay Conner
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United States
2019

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Lindsay
Conner

Partner / Head, Film, Television & Digital Content

Conner’s marquee accomplishment is his representation of China’s Perfect World Pictures in a series of mega-deals, including a $500 million, 50-film, five-year co-financing agreement with Universal in 2016, augmented by a $250 million credit line from JPMorgan and East West Bank, as well as another loan facility from East West to finance its investment in Columbia’s “Charlie’s Angels.” Recently, he repped a Colorado-based holding company in its acquisition of Mark Gill’s Solstice Studios, Solstice’s subsequent $150 million debt-financing deal with London’s Ingenious Media and a Monaco-based holding company’s acquisition of majority ownership of New Republic Pictures. Other clients include Michael Eisner’s Torrante Company, ITV Studios America, China’s Infore Capital Management Company and Munich-based Red Arrow Studios International.

Career

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Dickstein Shapiro LLP (DEFUNCT)
  • Harvard Law Review

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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China and Hollywood Are Ready to Become Global Partners

China and Hollywood Are Ready to Become Global Partners

“Powerful magnetic forces” have brought Hollywood and the Chinese film industry together. And after a period of testing each other out, the relationship has entered a new paradigm, says U.S. entertainment lawyer Lindsay Conner.“China and the States are starting to become better partners in terms of discussing critical business issues and understanding each other’s needs. It has taken a while for the bridging of cultures and styles,” says Conner, partner and co-chair of the entertainment and media practice at L.A.-based...

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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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