Melanie Cook
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Ziffren Brittenham LLP



With the goal of maintaining her clients’ creative control, Melanie Cook represents directors, writers and producers in live action, animation, television, stage and publishing projects. She also works with an A-list roster of onscreen talent.

Her schedule features deals for in-demand actors like Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Carey Mulligan, Christina Ricci and Robin Wright. Cook represents young talent including Kevin McHale (“Glee,” “When We Rise”) and Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black”).

Behind the camera, her clients include “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” executive producer Mark Johnson; Barry Sonnenfeld, whose upcoming projects include bringing “A Series of Unfortunate Events” to television; Paul Attansio, creator and oft-executive producer of the television series “Bull;” Disney producer Don Hahn, and working writers Neil Gaiman, Mitch Glazer and Christina Hodson.

Cook has been listed among the top 100 Power Lawyers in the entertainment industry, as well as one of the top 100 most powerful women. She was the youngest attorney and the first woman to receive the Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award.

She earned her bachelor’s degree and her law degree at UCLA, where she is on the board of advisors. She is one of the founders of Hollywood for Habitat, a branch of Habitat for Humanity, and she serves on the committee for the annual construction project known as Power Women Power Tools.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Awards


  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact

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Melanie Cook: Top talent behind tricky deals

Melanie Cook: Top talent behind tricky deals

Melanie Cook knows how to multitask. She negotiated Debbie Liebling's deal to exit Fox and become Universal's production prexy while driving to client Nancy Meyers' Gotham premiere of "It's Complicated.""I knew that I was going to see everyone there because it was a Universal film," recalls Cook, the first and only woman partner at entertainment powerhouse Ziffren Brittenham. "They would all be asking, 'Is the deal done?' "The UCLA law grad already boasts one of Hollywood's more enviable rosters, which...


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