Law 364 - Motion Picture Distribution

Kenneth Ziffren

Kenneth Ziffren

Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
Adjunct Faculty
B.A. Northwestern, 1962
J.D. UCLA, 1965
UCLA Law faculty since 1969
Course Description:

This course will provide an intensive introduction to the sequential distribution of theatrical motion pictures, both domestic and international. It will focus on the business relationships the major studios have with counterparts in the theatrical, electronic sell-through, video on demand, physical home video, premium pay and free television  and the appropriate accounting treatment for these transactions. Students will follow the transactions between major studios and exhibitors, retailers or licensees through the distribution windows starting with exhibition in theaters. The class will also consider how  new technologies which distribute motion pictures, including Internet, mobile devices, etc. may change the feature business.

The class carries four units of credit, but will meet once weekly for 3 hours.  Additional written exercises or quizzes may also be  required. Industry experts in motion picture accounting, distribution and financing will address the class.

Enrollment limited to 12 students. Prior or contemporaneous enrollment in the specialization (Ziffren Center),  copyright/intellectual property, entertainment law courses, accounting or business law courses will be helpful. Consent of the instructor is required. An application is available from the Records Office.

Course Learning Outcomes:

The motion picture distribution business is in the process of radical transformation and students will become familiar with the tectonic changes ahead.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Kenneth Ziffren 20F 364 LEC 1 T 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 4.0 No No
  Application required to enroll and can be found at Application due at noon on July 27. Early drop deadline is 5:00 pm on 8/28/20.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Course Reader    
Entertainment Law;