Ned Sherman is Counsel and Director of Manatt Digital, a division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where he represents large corporations, venture capital and investment banking firms, and entertainment, media and technology enterprises on matters such as corporate and finance dealings, intellectual property licensing, digital strategy, marketing and business development.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening.” Ned is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been quoted and profiled in publications including The Wall Street Journal, American Lawyer, The Washington Times, EXPO, The LA Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Billboard and interviewed and featured on C-SPAN and National Public Radio (NPR). He is also the creator of the Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards, which was acquired from DMW by VNU (now Nielsen) in 2005.
Ned is active in global media affairs, representing clients across the world. As attorney and global artist manager, he helped launch the solo career of K-POP artist Jay Park negotiating deals with Warner Music and LEVI Strauss among others. As an advisor and consultant to ICT Europe, he led a delegation of technology, media and investment executives to Luxembourg. He is also owner and publisher of the Canadian Media Wire news service, has keynoted at MIPTV in Cannes, France, served as a judge for the O2 Digital Media Awards in Ireland, moderated at the annual MIDEM Global Music Exposition in Cannes, France, spoken at Music & Digital Matters in Singapore and chaired the Digital Strategies Conference @ Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
Prior to joining Manatt, Ned provided senior leadership for several companies in the media, entertainment and technology sectors and is a founder of Digital Media Wire, Inc. and DMW Hexagon, LLC. He is a graduate of Brown University (AB, with honors, 1990) and the University of Texas School of Law (JD, 1994).