PJ Shapiro - November 22, 2021

PJ Shapiro (Entertainment Attorney & Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP)

When: Monday, November 22, 2021 - 5:00-6:15 pm CT
Note: Speaker sessions are subject to change based on evolving guest schedules.

Please join us for a Q&A session where we discuss PJ Shapiro’s career trajectory, his roles and responsibilities, and his views on the current state of the media industries.

To RSVP, please fill out this form & we will send out the Zoom link day-of. 

Speaker Biography

P.J. is the managing partner of Ziffren Brittenham, LLP.P.J., who joined the firm in February, 2002, is the firm’s youngest capital partner. He has an extensive film and television practice, representing some of the most successful on-camera talent today as well as many acclaimed film and television producers, directors and writers. He also represents some of the biggest superstars in the world of music.

P.J. has structured and negotiated ground breaking transactions in the media and entertainment industries –resulting in both lucrative financial benefits and extensive creative control for his clients. In addition, he has helped his clients identify and exploit important ancillary revenue sources, such as publishing, endorsements and merchandising.

In 2012 P.J. was the youngest person recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 100 Power Lawyers in the Entertainment Industry—he has remained on that list every year since. He is regularly listed among Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment” List (Vanity Fair’s selection of the nation’s emerging leaders in business, media and the arts)and“Legal Impact Report.”

P.J. received his Bachelors Degree in social sciences (with a minor in physiological sciences) from UCLA in 1995 and his Law Degree and MBA from USC in 1999. P.J. graduated Order of the Coif from USC Law School and was on the Dean’s List at the USC Marshall School of Business each semester during his tenure at the university.

Outside of his law practice, PJ is an active entrepreneur and investor. He serves on the advisory boards of Counter Brands, LLC, Jam City and Kidaptive Media.He also serves on the Board of Trustees and is Chairman of theDevelopment Committee at The Laurence School.He contributes to various charitable causes, with a focus on those supporting underprivileged communities, including The Heart of Los Angeles (for which he services as a board member as well). P.J. was married in August of 2002 to Lisa Pfeffer—the couple has three children (Max 14, Jack 11and Paisley 7) and currently resides in Encino, California.

Spring 2022 MIC Speakers

March 25 - Hall Hood

Senior Writer, Aspyr Media
2:00-3:00pm CT via Zoom

April 1 - Gracie Arenas Strittmatter

Technical Art Director, Electronic Arts (EA Sports)
2:00-3:00pm CT via Zoom

April 8 - Morgan O'Brien, PhD

Quality Assurance Tester, Aspyr Media
2:00-3:00pm CT via Zoom

April 15 - Jesse Anderson

Brand Manager for BioWare, EA
2:00-3:00pm CT in DMC 1.202 & via Zoom

Fall 2021 MIC Speakers

Aug. 30 - Launching Your Career, Corporate Side (Panel)

Guests include Caterina Nasr (Senior Manager, A&R, Elektra Music), Vance Nguyen (Assistant to VP & Executive Director of Development, 20th Century Animation), Lauren Zimmer (Television Scripted Assistant at Creative Artists Agency), and Hemrani Vyas (Assistant Manager of Programming, TCM).
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 13 - Launching Your Career, Screenwriters & Agents (Panel)

Guests include Davia Carter (executive story editor, Debris), Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston), Kim Tran (staff writer, Space Force), Cindy McCreery (RTF faculty member, Honey Girls)
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 20 - Mark Hoffman

Chairman, CNBC
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 27 - Ginny Morris

Chair/CEO, Hubbard Radio, LLC
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 4 - Mindy Kaling

Actress, writer, producer
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 11 - Tahirah Gooden

Manager of Original Studio Films, Netflix
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 18 - Kevin Jarzynski

Senior Development Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 20 - Keli Lee

Founder & President, Infinite Possibilities Enterprises
3:00–4:15 pm CT

Oct. 25 - Colby Gaines

Executive Producer and Founder, Back Roads Entertainment
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 1 - Brandt Joel

Agent & Partner, WME/Endeavor
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 3 - Brian Edwards

President of Television Operations, MGM
3:00-4:15pm CT

Nov. 8 - Lucy Huang

Senior Production Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 12 - A Studio Manager's Intro to Post Production for Scripted TV

Michelle Trujillo McKibben (Manager, Original Series Post Production, Netflix)
12:00–1:30 pm CT

Nov. 15 - Maru Buendia-Senties

Senior Post Production Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 22 - PJ Shapiro

Entertainment Attorney & Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 29 - Kyle Davies

Entertainment Distribution and Exhibition Consultant
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Dec. 6 - Jordan Levin

General Manager, Rooster Teeth
5:00–6:15 pm CT