Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law

Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium

symposium2017 - small logoMore than 500 entertainment lawyers, business executives and other industry leaders participated in UCLA School of Law's 41st Annual Entertainment Symposium on March 17 and 18.

Titled "Entertainment Madness: Keeping all the Balls in the Air," the two-day event at UCLA's Freud Playhouse featured a keynote address by UCLA Law alumna Stacey Snider '85, Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, in conversation with Kenneth Ziffren '65, founding partner of leading entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham and the guiding force behind UCLA Law's Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law.

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About the Entertainment Symposium

The Annual Entertainment Symposium is a flagship event for the entertainment industry, bringing leading lawyers, executives, agents, managers and producers, together with students for candid discussions on subjects at the forefront of the industry.  Conversations during this two-day conference have ranged from lively debate over the changing landscape of the entertainment business, to shared insights on planning for the success of original content in a vast digital landscape, and perspectives on filmmaking in newly developing markets.  Panelists regularly include top entertainment lawyers and key executives from studios and production companies, along with leaders from digital and independent companies.

Most prior Symposia Syllabi are available from the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. To order, fill out the syllabus order form and return by fax ((310) 206-7705) or email (symposia_syllabi@law.ucla.edu).

Members, Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee


Matthew C. Thompson
Sidley Austin LLP

Lawrence J. Ulman

Christa Zofcin Workman
Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, River Road Entertainment


Michael I. Adler '76
Lichter, Grossman, Nichols Adler & Feldman

Roger Arar
Loeb & Loeb LLP

Jeffrey A. Barker '93
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Ken Basin
Sony Pictures Television

Hillary S. Bibicoff
Holmes Weinberg, PC

Barbara Boyle '60
UCLA Department of Film, Television and   Digital Media

David Boyle
Intersection Entertainment

Pamela Brockie '75
ICM Partners

Loan T. Dang '00
Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

Robert A. Darwell
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Bonnie Eskenazi
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Ruth E. Fisher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jeffrey M. Freedman '93
Creative Artists Agency

Joshua Grode
Irell & Manella

Susan A. Grode
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

E. Barry Haldeman '69
Jeffer Mangels Butler & LLP

Kenneth Kleinberg '67
Kleinberg Lange Cuddy and Carlo LLP

Nicholas La Terza
The Point Media

Douglas Mark
Mark Music & Media Law, P.C.

Laurence M. Marks '78
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Howard Meyers
Focus Features

Charles Moore
Wiggin LLP

Christopher C. Murray
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Caroline A. Raufi
Babok & Robinson, LLP

Greg Shamo
Co-COO, Relativity Media

Michael S. Sherman
Reed Smith LLP

Rose PeBenito Shiner
Babok & Robinson LLP

Christopher S. Spicer
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Shelly Sroloff '76
Creative Artists Agency

Donald W. Steele
Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P.

Daniel R. Stutz
Stutz Law Corp.

M. Kenneth Suddleson '68
Eisner, Kahan & Gorry

Susan Williams
Loeb & Loeb

Kenneth ZiffrenKenneth Ziffren
Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
Adjunct Faculty

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Emeriti, Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee

Leigh Brecheen
Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP

P. John Burke
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Gary O. Concoff
Troy Gould

Jay Cooper
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Keith G. Fleer
Keith G. Fleer, A Professional Corporation

John T. Frankenheimer '73
Loeb & Loeb LLP

David R. Ginsburg
Retired / Executive Director, Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law Program, UCLA School of Law

Michael A. Helfant
Amasia Entertainment, LLC

Michael H. Lauer

Lawrence P. Mortorff
Story First Productions

Scott S. Packman
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Matthew H. Saver '78
Law Offices of Matthew H. Saver

Lois Scali '86

Todd M. Stern
Weintraub Tobin

Gary Stiffelman
Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Robert M. Szymanski
Eclipse Law Corporation

Dirk van de Bunt '82
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Guthy Renker LLC