Ken Ziffren
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Ziffren Brittenham LLP


Founding Partner

The 52-year legal veteran now heads into Hollywood’s cutting edge, repping Quibi, the mobile-only streaming platform coming from ex-DreamWorks chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and he’s been cutting content deals with the titans of Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg, Idris Elba and Steven Soderbergh. Other clients include producer Graham King (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Jay Leno, “Peanuts” (Apple TV Plus content) and TV prodcos Miller/Boyett and Witt/Thomas/Harris. Ziffren has a long history of handling mega-contract negotiations, recently closing the Television Academy’s eight-year deal with the four major networks. Since 2014, he has served as Los Angeles’ film czar — handpicked by mayor Eric Garcetti because of his stature and political connections — lobbying lawmakers to improve the state’s film and TV tax credits.


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


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Ken Ziffren Gives $5 Million to UCLA for Media Law Center

Ken Ziffren Gives $5 Million to UCLA for Media Law Center

The UCLA School of Law will create the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law after attorney Ken Ziffren gave a $5 million gift to his alma mater.Ziffren also serves as an adjunct professor at the school and is the "film czar" for the city of Los Angeles.The law school said that the gift will allow it to expand its program via research support, new programming and training. The dean of the law school, Jennifer L. Mnookin, said...



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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