Melanie Cook
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Ziffren Brittenham LLP



Cook’s client list is a who’s who of pop culture, including film directors Tim Burton and Barry Sonnenfeld, theater directors Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”) and Winnie Holzman (“Wicked”), producer Mark Johnson (“Better Call Saul”), writer Paul Attanasio (creator of “House” and “Bull”), author Neil Gaiman (“The Sandman”) and actors James Spader, Robin Wright, Holly Hunter and Keanu Reeves, the latter two of which she’s handled for more than 30 years. In the last year, she closed deals for directors Stephen Daldry (the adaptation of “Wicked”) and Sam Mendes (Amblin’s “1917”), “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman (STX’s “17”) and writer Scott Frank (“The Force”). Outside the office, she is a founder of Hollywood for Habitat, the showbiz arm of Habitat for Humanity.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity
  • Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer & Klein


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
  • Women's Impact
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for Tougher Privacy Laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls for Tougher Privacy Laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for the U.S. to enact tougher privacy laws similar to Europe's GDRP Wednesday, and warned against negative consequences of tech companies collecting huge amounts of data for their artificial intelligence efforts. Giving a speech to EU regulators in Brussels, Cook said that his company was "in full support of a comprehensive, federal privacy law in the United States."Cook later reiterated key points of his speech on Twitter, calling Europe's privacy regulations "good policy." "We believe that...


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