UCLA gets $5M for entertainment and sports law

UCLA School of Law received a $5 million gift from attorney Kenneth Ziffren to establish The Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law.

UCLA School of Law, already a leader in the area, will use the Ziffren Center to expand its program further through curricular innovations, research support, new programming, and hands on skills training that will benefit students, faculty and the greater community. 

“We are so fortunate to count Ken Ziffren among our most dedicated supporters and most distinguished alumni,” said UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin. “His career in media and entertainment law has been equally remarkable, and throughout he has given back to our institution so generously with his time, wisdom, knowledge and philanthropy. Now, with this extraordinary and inspirational gift, he both cements and ensures UCLA Law’s preeminence in media and entertainment law.”

Ken Ziffren is one of the leading media and entertainment lawyers in the country and has long been an ardent supporter of UCLA School of Law where he graduated in 1965. An adjunct professor at the school since 1998, he currently teaches the popular Motion Picture Distribution seminar.

In 2014, Ziffren was named by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the city’s film czar, charged with increasing film and television production in California. Aside from his representation of top talent in film, television and new media, in 1988 he served as a neutral mediator to help resolve the Writers Guild strike, and in 1994 and thereafter, he represented Starz in creating the premium pay television service. He also represented the Television Academy in 2003 and 2011 in negotiating the Emmy Awards agreements with the four networks.