UCLA Entertainment Symposium

Bringing together over 1,000 entertainment professionals each year to focus on trends, strategies, and cutting-edge issues in the industry.

48th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium

June 21, 2024 - UCLA Schoenberg Hall

2024 Entertainment Symposium flyer

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 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 Institute for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law. To order, complete the syllabus order form and return by mail with check or money order. For any other questions or further inquiries please email ziffreninstitute@law.ucla.edu.

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Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee


  • Co-Chairs

    Elsa Ramo
    Ramo Law PC 

    Craig Wagner
    Paradigm Talent Agency 

    Christa Workman
    River Road Entertainment

  • Members

    Tom K. Ara
    DLA Piper LLP (US)

    Barry Babok
    Babok & Robinson, LLP

    Ken Basin
    Riot Entertainment

    Hillary S. Bibicoff

    David Boyle
    David Boyle, APC

    Nancy A. Bruington
    Latham & Watkins, LLP

    Ann Brigid Clark
    Greenberg Traurig LLP

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

    David C. Eisman ‘93
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    E. Barry Haldeman '69
    Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

    Michael A. Helfant '83
    Loeb & Loeb, LLP

    Erik Hyman
    Paul Hastings, LLP

    Robb Klein
    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

    Amy Lucas '08
    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

    Howard Meyers
    Focus Features

    Robyn R. Polashuk ‘94
    Covington & Burling LLP

    Benyamin S. Ross
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Michael S. Sherman
    Reed Smith 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, Gellman, Meigs & Fox L.L.P.

    Daniel R. Stutz
    Stutz Law Corp.

    M. Kenneth Suddleson '68
    Weinberg Gosner Frost LLP

    Matthew C. Thompson
    Sidley Austin LLP

    Lawrence J. Ulman
    Retired / Comcast

    Michael Waterstone (ex officio)
    Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

    Sophia K. Yen
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Kenneth Ziffren
    Partner & Co-Founder, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
    Adjunct Faculty

  • Emeriti Members

    Roger Arar
    Loeb & Loeb LLP

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

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

    Leigh Brecheen
    Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson, LLP

    Pamela Brockie '75
    ICM Partners

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

    Gary O. Concoff

    Jay Cooper
    Greenberg Traurig LLP

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

    Bonnie Eskenazi
    Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

    Ruth E. Fisher
    Retired / Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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

    John T. Frankenheimer '73
    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Jeffrey M. Freedman '93
    Creative Artists Agency

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

    Susan A. Grode

    Nicholas La Terza
    The Point Media

    Michael H. Lauer

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

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

    Charles Moore
    Wiggin LLP

    Lawrence P. Mortorff
    Trilogy Productions LLC

    Scott S. Packman
    SSP Partners LLC

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

    Lois Scali '86

    Steven Sills
    Green Hasson Janks LLP

    Todd M. Stern
    Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation

    Gary Stiffelman
    D'Amelio Brands LLC

    Robert M. Szymanski
    Eclipse Law Corporation

    Dirk van de Bunt '82
    Executive Service Corps of Southern California

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