The Hollywood Reporter Names Conner a Dealmaker of the Year

Hollywood's Top 20 Dealmakers of 2017
– The Hollywood Reporter
Manatt’s Lindsay Conner, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment and media practice, was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the top 20 dealmakers in 2017. The second annual list highlights the negotiators behind this year’s biggest and most complex deals in the evolving entertainment industry. Of the 20 dealmakers featured, only nine are lawyers. 

The publication calls Conner a “cross-Pacific conduit,” pointing to his representation of Beijing-based Perfect World Pictures in a $250 million loan facility tied to its $500 million, 50-film pact with Universal Pictures. This marks the first direct Chinese investment in a Hollywood studio’s multiyear film deal and represents the largest Chinese investment in a Hollywood film slate.

“After the initial wave of everyone being excited about the Hollywood-China connection, a couple of deals didn’t happen and people started saying, ‘China’s done,’” Conner told The Hollywood Reporter. “China’s not over.”
 

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