Ken Ziffren
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United States
2021

Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Ken
Ziffren

Founding Partner

More than five decades into his legal career, Ziffren is still a vital part of the entertainment community, with tentacles that reach far beyond his stable of clients. As the so-called film czar for Los Angeles, he was instrumental in lobbying the state legislature to increase funding for the California Film Tax Credits to S400 million per year for the next two fiscal years. He has continued to lock newsworthy deals, cutting Miller/Boyett Productions’ new streaming series pact with WarnerMedia, revising Chris Albrecht’s executive employment contract with Legendary TV, setting Jay Leno for Fox’s first-run syndication reboot of the classic game show “You Bet Your Life” and negotiating for Graham King to produce a Netflix feature starring Sandra Bullock.

Career

  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • 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
  • 2020 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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