Melanie Cook
Courtesy of Ziffren Brittenham
United States


Partner Emeritus

A judge’s daughter who was a dance major in her undergraduate days at UCLA (her thesis was on choreography copyright), Cook reps an impressive collection of high-profile actors (James Spader, Robin Wright, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter), directors (Sam Mendes, Barry Sonnenfeld, Julie Taymor), film, TV and theater writers (Paul Attanasio, Scott Frank, Winnie Holzman) and producers of film and TV (Mark Johnson, “Better Call Saul”) and theater (Disney Live Theater head Thomas Schumacher). In recent months, she has closed deals for Keanu Reeves to star in “John Wick: Chapter 4” and Tim Burton to direct and executive produce the “Addams Family” series “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega, for MGM Television and Netflix.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
  • Women's Impact
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