M. Kenneth Suddleson is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Entertainment, Media & The Arts Department.
Ken represents major motion picture studios in matters such as the acquisition of film libraries and motion picture development, production and distribution. He also represents domestic and international major independent motion picture and television production companies, network and cable television programming producers and distributors, pay television exhibitors, program syndicators and others involved in creating, financing, distributing and/or exhibiting content in these media.
His clients also include entertainment and e-commerce Internet ventures, and senior executives in various industries, as well as several major Japanese entertainment companies and broadcasters:
- Earlier in his career, Ken served as Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman of Paramount Pictures, where he shared responsibility for the overall management of the company and its various subsidiaries. In his capacity as executive vice president, he supervised a 55-person group that negotiated and documented all motion picture transactions involving the company, and he personally conducted negotiations involving major talent and acquisitions of motion pictures, plays and other productions. Ken also analyzed and negotiated proposed domestic and foreign co-production and co-financing transactions for motion picture and television productions. Ken was directly involved in the corporate budgeting process and strategic planning process. He founded, implemented and supervised Paramount’s Fellowship Program, involving the selection and full-time employment of creative talent of candidates from seven universities and colleges.
- Ken participated, on behalf of Paramount, in industry union negotiations through the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and in industry policy and political activities through the Motion Picture Association of America.
- Ken has been an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1995, where he is involved in team teaching Strategic Thinking and other courses. He speaks regularly on diverse entertainment topics such as the convergence of traditional entertainment and technology, including digital cinema and video on demand.
- Business Transaction
- Entertainment & Media
- Private Equity
- University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, J.D., 1968
- University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1964
- University of Santa Clara School of Law
- The State Bar of California
- Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 1995 – Present
- Member, Entertainment Committee, Annual UCLA School of Law
Honors & Awards
- Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2015
- In 2007, Ken was featured in The Hollywood Reporter inaugural list of “100 Power Lawyers,” in which he was described by an industry insider as, “the dean of entertainment lawyers” and characterized as “ideally qualified and experienced, and he is a gentleman.” He was also recognized as one of the top attorneys in Entertainment & Sports by Southern California Super Lawyers, and in 2008 through 2011, Ken was named to the list of Southern California “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics Media, Inc.