Ken Basin

Lecturer on Law

Winter 2018

Biography

Ken Basin currently works as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs for Paramount Television, where he is responsible for dealmaking with talent, producers, and licensees in support of Paramount’s broad slate of premium original television series across all television platforms , including high-profile series such as 13 Reasons Why (Netflix), Catch-22 (Hulu), The Contender (Epix), and Shooter (USA). Prior to joining Paramount, Ken was Vice President, U.S. Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Television, where he served as the lead business affairs executive for the development and production of series such as Sneaky Pete (Amazon), The Last Tycoon (Amazon), $100,000 Pyramid (ABC), The Gong Show (ABC), Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild (TNT), and The Dr. Oz Show (first-run syndication).

Before joining Sony, Basin served as the Co-Head of Business Affairs at Amazon Studios, where he managed and supervised all Business Affairs department functions in support of Amazon’s development, production, and distribution of original television series and motion pictures. After earning his law degree and prior to joining Amazon, Basin worked as an Associate at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, LLP, where he served as Associate Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Department and co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the firm’s award-winning Law Law Land Blog.

Basin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California before graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Sears Prize. He is the author of The Business of Television (2018), a comprehensive overview of the business, financial, and legal structure of the U.S. television industry that has been adopted as a leading reference guide by practitioners and as an educational text by universities across the country. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, the Journal of Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and the UCLA Entertainment Law Review. He also holds adjunct faculty appointments at the UCLA School of Law and Southwestern Law School, and serves on the UCLA School of Law Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee.

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