Lindsay A. Conner

Lindsay A. Conner


O'Melveny & Myers

Recognized since 2016

Century City, California

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

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Lindsay Conner is co-chair of the entertainment and media practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 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 for banks, financial institutions and private equity funds. Lindsay’s clientele spans the globe, from North America to Asia, Europe and Latin America. Lindsay has been quoted on the China Global Television Network and in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He has been honored by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the “Top 20 Dealmakers of the Year” and one of the “Top 100 Power Lawyers in Hollywood,” and by Variety as one of “50 Game-Changing Attorneys in Hollywood” and one of the “Variety 500,” Variety’s list of the top 500 most important people in the global entertainment and media industries.

Lindsay served as lead counsel for Beijing-based Perfect World Pictures in a $500 million, five-year, 50-film slate co-finance agreement with Universal Pictures and its subsequent $250 million credit facility with East West Bank and JPMorgan. The deal was the first-ever direct investment by a Chinese company in the film slate of one of the six “major” Hollywood studios. He represented Huayi Brothers Media Corp. in an 18-film, three-year co-finance and distribution agreement with the Hollywood studio STX Entertainment. Lindsay represented Beijing Weiying Technology Co. Ltd., the largest online seller of theater tickets in China, with several distribution agreements with STX for Hollywood films to be distributed in China. He also represented Tang Media Partners (TMP) in the creation of the first-ever slate co-finance agreement in the television industry—and the joint venture TV production company formed by Tencent, IM Global and TMP.

Lindsay has restructured the production and distribution of a multibillion-dollar television franchise, closed half-billion-dollar feature film finance and distribution deals, negotiated studio film slate and independent film financing deals, and structured international television finance, production and distribution deals. He regularly closes deals for equity investments in, as well as for the acquisition of, entertainment companies and film and television assets. He has also served as production counsel for a wide variety of feature films, television series, specials and long-form productions.

According to Chambers, one of the world’s top attorney-ranking publications, “Lindsay Conner is a highly respected transactional lawyer who has impressed clients with his sophisticated approach and deep industry experience. ‘He is exceedingly clever; the other side respects him—he can hold his own against anyone in the world.’”

Location

  • 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Eighth Floor
    Century City, CA 90067

Bar Admissions

  • California, State Bar of California

Affiliations

  • California Community College Trustees - Former President
  • Los Angeles Community College Board - Former Member

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

Special Focus

  • COVID-19
  • Studio Financing

Awards:

  • Named as one of the “Top 100 Power Lawyers in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter, 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Profiled in Variety's "2016 Legal Impact Report." This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified Hollywood attorneys who are “guiding the biz.”
  • Named as one of the “Top Entertainment Lawyers” by the Daily Journal, 2014-2015
  • Profiled in Variety’s “2015 Dealmakers Impact Report.” This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified key Hollywood dealmakers—corporate strategists, financiers and attorneys—who are making things happen in the entertainment industry.
  • Named a “Southern California Super Lawyer,” by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2016
  • Named as one of the Top-Ranked Attorneys in Media & Entertainment, Chambers USA, 2013-2016
  • Profiled in Variety’s “2014 Dealmakers Impact Report.” This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified key Hollywood dealmakers—corporate strategists, financiers and attorneys—who are making things happen in the entertainment industry.
  • Profiled in Variety’s “2014 Legal Impact Report.” This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified “attorneys whose recent deals and court battles have changed the shape of entertainment.”
  • Profiled in Variety’s “2012 Dealmakers Impact Report.” This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified key Hollywood dealmakers—corporate strategists, financiers and attorneys—who are making things happen in the entertainment industry.
  • Profiled in Variety’s “2012 Legal Impact Report: 50 Game-changing Attorneys.” This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified “50 attorneys whose recent deals and court battles have changed the shape of entertainment.”
  • Profiled in Variety’s “2009 Dealmakers Impact Report.” This report is a prestigious annual feature that identified 30 key dealmakers—studio executives, producers, managers, agents and attorneys—who are making things happen in the entertainment industry.

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