In its annual Legal Impact Report, Variety recognized Manatt’s Hale Boggs, chair of the firm’s media, technology and advertising practice, and Lindsay Conner, co-chair of the firm’s entertainment and media practice, for their roles in significant entertainment deals over the past year.
In its profile of Boggs, the publication features his involvement in Southern California’s booming tech business, noting Boggs’ representation of Crowdfunder and negotiation of Series A funding for Latino-content startup Raze. Boggs credits the growing industry’s distinct business culture and proximity to Hollywood for its success.
“It’s not just a flash in the pan, it’s real,” he said about tech’s Southern California presence.
Variety highlighted Conner’s work on ground-breaking slate deals with Sony Pictures Entertainment for virtual reality, as well as for TV program co-financing with Tang Media Partners. He also recently represented Huayi Media Bros Media in its co-financing of 18 Hollywood films and Perfect World Pictures in its $500 million major-studio slate deal.
“We are seeing the traditional film-slate finance model being extended to TV content and frontier media as well,” Conner explained.
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