John Branca

Born 1950

John G. Branca is an entertainment lawyer who specializes in representing rock and roll acts, as well as independent investors, music publishing catalogs, and independent music labels. He has represented 29 acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Carlos Santana, Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees and The Doors, which is believed to be more than any other entertainment attorney.… Read More

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    Memeorandum - Feb 12, 2014
  • Joe Vogel: A Piece Of History: Michael Jackson Live At Wembley Stadium
    Huffington Post - Sep 13, 2012
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    Cleveland - Aug 25, 2012
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    Yahoo News - Aug 23, 2012


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1950 Birth Born on December 11, 1950.


1975 24 Years Old He majored in music at Los Angeles City College before transferring to Occidental College. Upon graduating, he enrolled at UCLA School of Law, serving as editor-in-chief of one of the law reviews, and received his degree in 1975. … Read More


1985 34 Years Old Branca helped Jackson to purchase ATV Music Publishing in 1985 for $47,500,000 (which held the copyrights to The Beatles' and Little Richard's songs). … Read More
1989 38 Years Old For the Rolling Stones’ 1989 Steel Wheels tour, Branca crafted a deal which, for the first time, centralized ticket sales, sponsorships, promotions and logistics with a national promoter, rather than numerous local promoters. … Read More


1991 40 Years Old In 1991, Branca put together what’s considered rock’s first mega-deal, a four album deal for Aerosmith with Sony, estimated to be worth $50 million.


2005 54 Years Old In 2005, Branca brokered a ground-breaking 360 deal between Korn and EMI, which made EMI a partner in all of Korn’s operations. … Read More
2008 57 Years Old In 2008, changes in the tax law that allowed songwriters to pay a small capital gains tax instead of a larger income tax prompted Branca to advise some of his clients that this was the perfect time to sell their music publishing catalogs, thereby establishing new precedents in valuation. … Read More
2009 58 Years Old In 2009, in a highly watched move, Branca beat out Wall Street investment banking houses to represent the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and sold their catalog for an excess of $200 million, despite predictions by the Wall Street Journal and others that the catalog wouldn't fetch more than $150 million. … Read More


2012 61 Years Old …  For his support, the Grammy Foundation honored him with its 2012 Service Award. … Read More
2013 62 Years Old Projects for the Estate that Branca initiated include the concert film This Is It, Cirque Du Soleil's "Immortal" which is touring Asia in 2013, a second, permanent "Cirque" show, Michael Jackson: One at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, which opened in June 2013 and of which he is also a producer, a best-selling Ubisoft video game, a Spike Lee documentary, Bad 25 and the 2014 #1 hit album XscapeThe “Slave to the Rhythm” “holographic” MJ performance was featured at the Billboard Music Awards, the first of its kind. … Read More
2016 65 Years Old Billboard Magazine named Branca its 2016 "Lawyer of the Year/" … Read More
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