Ken Ziffren
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Ziffren Brittenham LLP


Founding Partner

History repeated itself this year when Ziffren negotiated the Television Academy’s new eight-year deal with the four major networks for Primetime Emmys rights, having done it in 2011 and 2003. He handled the Motion Picture Academy’s long-term extension with ABC for the Oscars, negotiated network contracts for the NFL and counseled Microsoft on the formation of MSNBC in 1996. He reps big names including Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Hugh Laurie and Tyler Perry. In 2014, he was appointed Los Angeles’ film czar, tasked with lobbying Sacramento to improve the state’s film and TV tax credits. And with entertainment in transition, he remains active in the effort to bring exhibitors and studios together to get films into homes earlier via premium VOD.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Ziffren & Ziffren
  • UCLA School of Law


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Attorney Ken Ziffren Offers Sobering Take on Film Business at Variety's Power of Law Breakfast

Attorney Ken Ziffren Offers Sobering Take on Film Business at Variety's Power of Law Breakfast

Entertainment law titan Ken Ziffren offered a clear-eyed assessment on the state of the film business Friday during a keynote conversation at Variety’s Power of Law breakfast held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills.Moderated by co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, the conversation touched on the tectonic shifts occurring in the media and entertainment businesses that have spawned increasing merger and acquisition activity. Ziffren, a co-founder of Ziffren Brittenham, also discussed MoviePass and the rise of China and Saudi Arabia's box...



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“Chief Justice Earl Warren”

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