A veteran of the entertainment and communications industries, with a perspective gained from being in-house counsel, Kenneth Kaufman advises clients on entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, Internet law, social media, sports law, and the evolving new technologies in the entertainment and computer fields.
Ken’s clients are television networks, computer and Internet technology companies, media and technology investors, private equity firms, music publishers, television and video producers, new media entrepreneurs, telecommunications companies, website operators, theatre and live-stage producers, directors and writers, songwriters, recording artists, and authors.
Experienced as both in-house and outside counsel, immediately prior to joining Manatt, Ken was a partner at a global law firm.
Before private practice, Ken served in-house legal departments as senior vice president and general counsel of Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc. (now known as Showtime Networks Inc.); senior vice president, corporate affairs and general counsel of PolyGram Records Inc.; and general counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In two of these positions he was the first in-house attorney and organized the legal department.
A frequent speaker and writer on topics related to the convergence of the entertainment, communications and computer industries, Ken is also active in professional associations. He served on the governing committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the board of directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Throughout his career, Ken has been recognized by professional publications and his peers.