Ken Ziffren
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Ziffren Brittenham LLP


Founding Partner

The founding partner of Ziffren Brittenham, one of the nation’s leading entertainment law firms, he was appointed as Los Angeles’ second Film Czar in 2014. Low-key but a towering presence in the industry, since 1978 he’s built up his firm into one of the most extensive and influential film and television production practices worldwide, representing creatives and A-listers including Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Tim Burton, Sam Mendez, Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, Matthew Vaughn, Andrew Stanton, Tyler Perry, Scott Rudin, Tom Selleck, Hugh Laurie and Tina Fey.

His landmark deals include; Neutral Mediator in resolving WGA-AMPTP strike (1988); counsel to NFL in negotiating Network contracts (1993, 1998); counsel to Microsoft in forming MSNBC (1996); negotiated for DirecTV with studios on domestic and international pay-per-view agreements; negotiated for Starz with studios on premium pay movie channel; represented the TV Academy in negotiating the deals for the Emmys to be telecast over the four Networks (2003, 2011). In 2015 he gave a $5 million gift to his alma mater, the UCLA School of Law, which is creating the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. Ziffren also serves as an adjunct professor at the school.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP


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

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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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