Ken Ziffren
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Ziffren Brittenham LLP


Founding Partner

One of the deans of Los Angeles’ entertainment law community, with more than five and a half decades as an attorney under his belt, Ziffren remains a busy dealmaker. In September 2022, he represented Sidney Kimmel and SK Global Entertainment (“Crazy Rich Asians”) in the nine-figure sale of a majority stake in the independent film and TV finance company to Centricus. He closed deals for Jay Leno to host a reboot of “You Bet Your Life” for Fox and new projects for WildBrain (“Peanuts”) with Apple TV+, and he negotiated a new agreement for Tennis Channel execs Ken Solomon and Bill Simon with Sinclair Broadcast Group. And he did all this while continuing his ongoing work for AMPAS, the DGA and the Ziffren Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports at UCLA School of Law.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • UCLA School of Law


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 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.”

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“Chief Justice Earl Warren”

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