LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Manatt Digital Media, a full-service digital media division within Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, today announced that Lindsay Conner, partner and co-chair of Entertainment & Media practice, has joined the board of governors for the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, a research and policy institute within the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In this role, Conner will seek to further extend the center's thought leadership in the digital space by providing guidance for global corporations, governments and policy makers in addressing the digital future.
"Having long admired its groundbreaking research on the global impact of the Internet, I am honored to join the Center for the Digital Future in this capacity," said Conner. "As digital technology continues to evolve at an increasingly rapid pace, it is critical to stay at the forefront of this fast-moving phenomenon. I am excited to draw upon my professional background to help businesses and governments worldwide successfully navigate the digital landscape."
As the sole attorney on the center's board of governors, Conner brings a unique perspective developed from having spent his entire legal career in the entertainment and media industries. Conner joins an impressive roster of influential business leaders on the board of governors, including Wasserman Media Group Chairman and CEO Casey Wasserman and Sony Pictures Television President of Worldwide Networks Andrew Kaplan, among others.
"We are delighted to welcome Lindsay Conner to the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg's board of governors," said Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D., founder, director and CEO of the Center for the Digital Future. "Our board comprises leaders in the media, telecom and Internet business, and Lindsay with his incomparable skills as an attorney and his vast knowledge of the media industry will make a valuable and important addition to our board."
Named to Variety's prestigious list of "50 Game-Changing Attorneys" in 2012, Conner represents film, television and new media clients; financial institutions; and private equity funds at Manatt Digital Media. He has served as chief outside entertainment counsel for several major film studios and television networks, as well as numerous film, television, and digital production and distribution companies. Conner has also served as lead counsel in several large financing, distribution and mergers-and-acquisitions transactions for one of America's largest financial institutions and a major Wall Street hedge fund.
The USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future seeks to understand and predict the impact of technological devices and platforms on human interaction and consumer behavior. Drawing on rigorous social science data collection and analysis techniques and a deep grounding in communications policy, the center has assembled -- and continues to build -- the definitive body of data and insights on the changing role of digital technology and media in people's daily lives.
About Manatt Digital Media
Manatt Digital Media is a full-service digital media platform created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, whatever the size or stage of the company, from startup to growth-stage to mature public companies. Manatt Digital Media uniquely offers a one-stop shop of professional services that is grounded in the legal and business experience of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, one of the world's most respected law firms in the media, entertainment and advertising industries. Manatt Digital Media offers its clients differentiated value and impact in multiple forms and across the life span of their companies — from venture capital to strategic relationship building and artist access to business consulting and creative deal-making, including content licensing, distribution and M&A. For more information, visit www.manattdigitalmedia.com.
About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is one of the nation's leading law firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents a sophisticated client base -- including Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies -- across a range of practice areas and industry sectors. For more information, visit www.manatt.com.
About the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future
Since 2000, the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future (digitalcenter.org) has examined the behavior and views of a national sample of Internet users and nonusers in major annual surveys of the impact of the Internet on America. The center also created and organizes the World Internet Project, which includes similar research with 37 international partners in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australasia.
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