Manatt Digital Media Partner and Co-Chair of Entertainment & Media Lindsay Conner Named to Board of Governors at USC Annenberg Center

Conner Will Provide Guidance for Global Leaders and Brands and Enhance Thought Leadership at the Research and Policy Institute

Manatt Digital Media, a full-service digital media division within Manatt, 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..