Manatt Expands Media, Technology and Advertising Capabilities With Addition of Industry Innovator Ned Sherman

Firm Adds Digital Media Wire CEO as a Counsel and Director of Manatt Digital

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, one of the nation’s leading law and consulting firms, today announced that it has bolstered its Media, Technology and Advertising practice, which includes Manatt Digital, its fully integrated professional services division, with the addition of Ned Sherman. Sherman, co-founder and CEO of Digital Media Wire, an influential digital media publisher, joins as director of Manatt Digital and a counsel with Manatt.

The addition of Sherman demonstrates Manatt’s commitment to operating at the forefront of the entertainment, media and technology industries, and to helping clients capitalize on the complex and evolving digital landscape, according to T. Hale Boggs, chair of Manatt’s Media, Technology and Advertising practice and chair of Manatt Digital.

“Ned brings a unique combination of business management and strategic advisory skills—as well as highly relevant legal experience—which are the same elements we brought together to make Manatt Digital a success,” Boggs said. “He is extremely well-connected in the rapidly expanding digital ecosystem, which will be of immediate value to our clients. We are thrilled to have Ned join the team at Manatt.”

Sherman’s significant experience adds to the firm’s knowledge in the most dynamic, cutting-edge areas of entertainment and media, including digital video, music and games, eSports, virtual reality/augmented reality, live streaming, OTT, and rights management technologies. Prior to founding Digital Media Wire and a legal and consulting practice, Sherman was an attorney in the entertainment department and member of the iLaw group at a major national law firm. He has also served as a member of The NAB Show Advisory Council, senior advisor to Siemer & Associates, and as legal counsel and artist manager to a global celebrity.

“Manatt is an ideal platform for me, as these sectors evolve rapidly and are shaped by new technologies, consolidation and globalization,” Sherman said. “And, in just a few short years, Manatt Digital has become a leader in the industry, known for having the expertise, experience and relationships to anticipate challenges, identify opportunities, and provide strategic and operational guidance to companies across the digital spectrum.”

The firm launched Manatt Digital in 2013, providing companies with comprehensive legal and business consulting services. The team leverages Manatt’s deep industry knowledge and relationships for the benefit of clients of every size and stage, from startups to growth-stage and mature public companies. The firm includes sophisticated business strategy and development capabilities, deal-making prowess and proven litigation experience, focused on protecting innovation, defending brands and mitigating risk.

“We worked with Ned for a number of years while he was leading Digital Media Wire,” said Eunice Shin, managing director and head of consulting at Manatt Digital. “He has extensive knowledge of the people and companies that are at the forefront of the new digital-first economy. His breadth of understanding of the evolving markets is impressive, and a perfect complement to the services offered by Manatt Digital.”

Sherman earned an A.B., with honors, from Brown University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

About Manatt
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is one of the nation’s leading law and consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany), Chicago 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 Manatt Digital
Manatt Digital, a division of Manatt, is a team of business strategists and business development advisors helping clients navigate the complex and evolving digital landscape with transformative results. For more information, visit www.manatt.com/Manatt-Digital.