Ken Ziffren
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United States
2020

Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Ken
Ziffren

Founding Partner

Ziffren has been a lawyer for more than half a century, but he still finds himself at the center of cutting-edge deals, whether it’s helping craft a “series bonus exhibit” template for client streaming service compensation for Disney/Fox content or repping former Disney exec Kevin Mayer in his employment agreements with ByteDance as TikTok CEO before he resigned in August 2020. Other recent matters include repping the principals of animation prodco Bento Box in its stock sale to FBC, negotiating Chris Albrecht’s television joint venture agreement with Legendary and acting as consultant to the Directors Guild of America in negotiation with the AMPTP. He also continues to serve as Los Angeles’ film czar, lobbying lawmakers to improve the state’s film and TV tax credits.

Career

  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Ziffren & Ziffren (DEFUNCT)
  • UCLA School of Law

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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As Hollywood attorneys go, there is Ken Ziffren ... and then there is everybody else.The man is more than a mere partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP. He is an oracle capable of telling you which way the winds will blow in the media business before the weather vane starts spinning. And he knows because he and his colleagues are frequently in the room when decisions of high importance are made in the industry's corridors of power.So when he gives his...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Integrity is the secret to success.”

What or who inspires you?

“Chief Justice Earl Warren”

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