Kenneth M. Kaufman is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses on entertainment and media law, copyright, content and music licensing, digital media, and sports law. He represents a wide range of clients including television networks and distributors, international media and publishing companies, video producers, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, copyright licensing companies, Broadway theatre producers, private equity firms, foundations, composers, recording artists and authors.
Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of entertainment law and copyright. He was named the 2014 Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, where he is also listed in the practice areas of entertainment law-motion pictures and television, entertainment law-music, and intellectual property litigation. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers, and The Legal500 United States.
Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries. Immediately prior to joining Manatt, he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Showtime Networks Inc. in New York; as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of PolyGram Records, Inc. in New York; and as General Counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In two of those positions, he was the first in-house attorney and organized the in-house legal department. In addition, he served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.
In addition to his law practice, Ken is a 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. He has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on entertainment law, copyright and Internet law, and as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, where he taught a course on copyright law.
Ken serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference. He speaks on copyright and content licensing at the annual PLI Advanced Licensing Agreements conference, teaches an annual course on copyright law and litigation for the D.C. Bar, is a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School (where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal), and is admitted to practice in New York, California and the District of Columbia.