Attorney M. Kenneth Suddleson represents major motion picture studios in matters such as the acquisition of film libraries and motion picture development, production and distribution at the Beverly Hills law firm Eisner Jaffe. 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.
Additionally, his clients 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, Suddleson 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. He also analyzed and negotiated proposed domestic and foreign co-production and co-financing transactions for motion picture and television productions. Suddleson 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.
On behalf of Paramount, he participated 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.
In 2007, Suddleson was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s 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 2006 through 2015, was named to the list of Southern California “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics Media, Inc.
He has been a lecturer 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.
Suddleson received his B.A. from UCLA in 1964 and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1968.
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