In a wide-ranging discussion with Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller on Thursday, top Hollywood attorney Skip Brittenham held forth on issues ranging from the globalization of the world economy to the impact of disruptive technologies on the entertainment ecosystem.Brittenham, founder of powerhouse firm Ziffren Brittenham, has participated in entertainment industry deals that have collectively amounted to an estimated $20 billion in value over the past decade. He began by taking a wide view of the economic scene.Large organizations “can’t operate at...
The superstar lawyer personally represents Harrison Ford, Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, Tim Allen, Ridley Scott, and Oprah Winfrey and her respective companies. A veteran Hollywood consigliere to whom insiders turn, and known for his legendary skills, patience and quiet perseverance, Brittenham is widely seen as being as close as the industry gets to an unbiased voice of reason when it comes down to making the really big deals.
Over the years he has overseen the successful public offering of DreamWorks Animation; negotiated the sale of DreamWorks SKG to Paramount Pictures; negotiated for DreamWorks Studios the Reliance financing deal, negotiated the sale of Miramax Films as well as Jim Henson Productions to Disney; and also represented Pixar (Steve Jobs) and participated in the sale of Pixar to Disney.
The senior partner at his law firm, which was founded in 1978, also reps A-list directors Shawn Levy and Andrew Stanton, along with DreamWorks Studios (Steven Spielberg), Revolution Studios (Joe Roth), Legendary Pictures (Thomas Tull), Illumination Entertainment (Chris Meledandri), Skydance Productions (David Ellison), and Working Title Films. (Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner). Recent deals were for Ridley Scott, Andrew Stanton, Harrison Ford, Illumination Entertainment, Skydance Productions and Working Title Films.