Skybound names Ned Sherman Business Affairs Chief and Legal Officer

Skybound Entertainment, the cross-media production company behind The Walking Dead franchise, has named prominent attorney, digital-media consultant and conference organizer Ned Sherman as its Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer.

In this role, Sherman will hold management responsibilities and provide strategic oversight across all legal and business affairs at Skybound Entertainment.

Recognized as an industry trailblazer, Ned Sherman is a sought-after expert in the digital and entertainment industries with 25 years of experience focused on dealmaking, legal issues, venture capital, growth strategies and M&A. He has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street JournalForbesEntrepreneur, and the L.A. Times, and is listed on Variety‘s Dealmakers Impact Report recognizing Hollywood’s top dealmakers.

“Ned has maintained a stellar career in the digital and entertainment industry and we’re thrilled to have that wealth of experience now with Skybound,” said Skybound CEO David Alpert. “With his work as founder of Digital Media Wire and many years serving as legal counsel across entertainment franchises, film and TV, games, music and more, we believe he’s a tremendous asset to bolster our legal and compliance capabilities and help drive our overall growth strategy.”

Ned Sherman was previously partner and leader of the digital transactions team at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where his work focused on advising companies, individuals and financiers on cutting-edge media technologies, entertainment franchises, TV, movies, games, esports, music, podcasts, blockchain, NFTs, creators and influencers. He has served as outside legal counsel to content creation studios, film, television and games funds, digital distributors and talent management companies as well as a number of high profile creators and influencers.

Prior to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Sherman was Global Artist Manager and General Counsel to a multi-platinum, hip-hop artist (now signed to Roc Nation) and held legal and executive leadership positions at several media company ventures and a boutique media-focused investment bank.


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