Skip Brittenham
Courtesy of Ziffren Brittenham
United States

Ziffren Brittenham LLP


Founding Partner

Brittenham is one of Hollywood’s legal power brokers, with loyal decades-long clients including Harrison Ford, Tim Allen, Tom Selleck and Henry Winkler. He cofounded his firm with Ken Ziffren in 1978 and went on to steer many industry-shaping deals, such as the launch of Pixar, David Ellison’s Skydance Media and Christopher Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment as well as the split of DreamWorks into two entities. Currently on his roster are big-name actors (Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis, Drew Carey, Michael Keaton), top-tier directors (Ridley Scott, Shawn Levy, Andrew Stanton), prolific producers (Joe Roth, Nina Jacobson), execs (Dana Walden, Kevin Feige, John Lasseter, Toby Emmerich, Jim Gianopulos, Tom Rothman) and production companies (Liz Murdoch’s Locksmith Animation, Reel FX, Working Title, Pioneer Pictures).


  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Anomaly: the Rubicon


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Skip Brittenham Tapped for Keynote Interview at Variety's Inaugural 'Power of Law' Event

Skip Brittenham Tapped for Keynote Interview at Variety's Inaugural 'Power of Law' Event

Skip Brittenham, founding partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP, will participate in a keynote conversation at Variety’s inaugural Power of Law event on April 14 in Beverly Hills.“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to hear and learn from one of the most brilliant entertainment attorneys and powerbrokers in this business,” says Variety’s co-editor-in-chief, Claudia Eller, who will conduct the keynote interview with Brittenham at the breakfast. “There’s no one in Hollywood who doesn’t respect Skip’s innovative deal-making prowess, his vast knowledge...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“If you keep playing the game and you will eventually win!”

What or who inspires you?

“Elon Musk”

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