John Branca
John Branca
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.
Biography
John Branca's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for John Branca
News
News abour John Branca from around the web
Shaun White Is Fourth as Swiss Wins Halfpipe Gold (John Branch/New York Times)
Memeorandum - about 3 years
John Branch / New York Times: Shaun White Is Fourth as Swiss Wins Halfpipe Gold  —  KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Shaun White stood at the top of the halfpipe, the last contestant of the competition, needing a near-perfect run to capture his third consecutive gold medal at the Winter Olympics.  He has built an empire on such moments.
Article Link:
Memeorandum article
Joe Vogel: A Piece of History: Michael Jackson Live at Wembley Stadium
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Twenty-five years ago in the late summer of 1987, Michael Jackson released his long-anticipated follow-up to Thriller, the Bad album. Bad went on to produce five No. 1 hits, several classic short films, and a record-setting world tour. To date, it has sold an estimated 30-45 million copies. To celebrate the milestone, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Epic/Legacy Recordings will release a three-CD package (Bad 25, out September 18), which includes the remastered original album, an album of bonus tracks, including demos and remixes, and a live album from his Bad World Tour. Along with the new songs, the highlight of the Bad 25 box set is undoubtedly the "Live at Wembley" full concert DVD. This is a remarkable piece of history that might have been lost if not for a fortuitous discovery among Jackson's belongings. The Wembley shows are the equivalent of the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965. But make no mistake: Jackson's performance here eclipses even his most talented predece ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Michael Jackson's business partner John Branca looks to rebuild singer's finances, legacy
Cleveland - over 4 years
While family members squabble in public over Michael Jackson's money, the man who holds the purse strings of the estate is a calm center of the storm. As co-executor of Jackson's will, John Branca chooses to ignore the erupting dramas and personal attacks and keeps his eye on the future, which he says belongs to Jackson's mother and children and to the pop star's musical legacy.
Article Link:
Cleveland article
Executor is cool under Jackson family pressure
Yahoo News - over 4 years
While family members squabble in public over Michael Jackson's money, John Branca, who holds the purse strings of the estate, is a calm center of the storm.
Article Link:
Yahoo News article
Michael Jackson's family: where did it all go wrong?
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
The three years since Michael Jackson's death have been marked by an increasingly acrimonious feud that is tearing his family apart. But how did it come to this? Inter-generational Twitter feuds, alleged abductions and the direst allegations of false imprisonment of an elderly parent; world-famous siblings embroiled in protracted legal battles that recall Jarndyce and Jarndyce; and at the centre of it all, at the eye of a ghastly familial hurricane, lies a musical legend – the foremost musical legend of the past 40 years – who at his death had accumulated debts nearing half a billion dollars but who now, after three years as a corpse, and thanks to astute management of his estate and back catalogue, will soon once more be awash in accountants' black ink. Even in his grave, Michael Jackson lies uneasy, as his survivors collectively do as much to dishonour his name as the overzealous Santa Barbara Police Department twice did with its controversial failed child-molestation trials in 19 ...
Article Link:
Guardian (UK) article
Judge: Katherine Jackson associate can't profit from merchandise line
LATimes - over 4 years
A federal judge rejected a novel legal argument Friday that would have allowed Michael Jackson's mother and her business partner to profit from a line of merchandise separate from the late star's estate. In a 15-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted summary judgment in a copyright-infringement case brought by the executors of Jackson's estate and issued a permanent injunction barring Canadian entrepreneur Howard Mann from trading on the singer's name.  "There is undisputed evidence that Defendants intended in bad faith to profit from use of Jackson’s name, by registering multiple domain names containing his name or the initials 'MJ' to sell Jackson-related products," the judge wrote. Mann and Jackson's mother, Katherine, collaborated on a coffee table book and calendar that were sold without the estate's authorization. The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch received a cut of the profits and other money amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars, Mann t ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Validity of Michael Jackson’s will may be aired in court
LATimes - over 4 years
The validity of Michael Jackson’s will could get a court airing next month if a business associate of the pop star’s mother gets his way. Lawyers for a Canadian businessman who works with Katherine Jackson wrote in a filing Monday that he was “in possession of evidence that casts substantial doubt on the validity of the will” and wants to present it at federal trial set for September. The business partner, Howard Mann, is locked in a copyright battle with the executors of the singer’s estate largely over a tribute book that he produced with Jackson’s mother. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Mann’s lawyers wrote he wanted to present an attack on the will’s authenticity as part of a defense to copyright infringement claims brought by executors John Branca and John McClain. “Defendants will argue that the estate cannot produce any evidence indicating they own the assets, thereby failing the first prong of a copyright action,” the attorneys wrote. The probate ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Janet Jackson is not after Michael's money, her attorney says
LATimes - over 4 years
The two-week Jackson family drama took another turn with a statement issued by Janet Jackson's attorney blasting the executors of Michael Jackson's estate. In the statement, Janet Jackson, her brother Randy and sister Rebbie strongly denied that they were trying to benefit financially from their late brother Michael's estate. They accused the executors of trying to divide the family and distract from questions about the legitimacy of Michael Jackson’s will. “They stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid,” Blair G. Brown, a Washington attorney for Janet Jackson, wrote in the statement released Friday. “What will be gained ... is that the executors will be replaced and the estate and the guardianship will be managed in a manner that is in the best interest of the children, which is what Michael wanted." Allegations that the siblings were holding their 82-year-old mother against her will in Arizona made international headlines last week and resul ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Janet Jackson, siblings: We are not after Michael's money
LATimes - over 4 years
Janet Jackson and two of her siblings issued a statement strongly denying that they are trying to benefit financially from their late brother Michael's estate. A statement issued Friday on behalf of Janet Jackson, her brother Randy and sister Rebbie accused the executors of trying to divide the family and distract from questions about the legitimacy of Michael Jackson’s will. In the statement, Blair G. Brown, a Washington attorney for Janet Jackson, disputed reports that the siblings were trying to enlist their mother in a battle over the will for their own financial benefit. “They stand to gain nothing financially by a finding that the will is invalid,” Brown wrote. “What will be gained ... is that the executors will be replaced and the estate and the guardianship will be managed in a manner that is in the best interest of the children, which is what Michael wanted." Allegations that the siblings were holding their 82-year-old mother against her will in Arizona made inte ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Janet Jackson decries 'negative media campaign' against family
LATimes - over 4 years
Janet Jackson and two of her siblings decried a "media campaign" against the family that they claim is being waged by the men who control the estate of Michael Jackson. A statement issued Friday on behalf of Janet Jackson, her brother Randy and sister Rebbie accused the executors of trying to divide the family and distract from questions about the legitimacy of Michael Jackson’s will. “The negative media campaign generated by the executors and their agents has been relentless,” wrote Blair G. Brown, a Washington attorney for Janet Jackson. Allegations that the siblings were holding their 82-year-old mother against her will in Arizona made international headlines last week and resulted in a new custody arrangement in which the family matriarch shares guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children. In the statement, Brown disputed reports that the siblings were trying to enlist their mother in a battle over the will for their own financial benefit. “They stand to gain n ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Jackson family feud: If you can't beat it, Tweet it
LATimes - over 4 years
Katherine Jackson might be back in Los Angeles, but it appears her family’s puzzling feud will continue to play out in the public eye. Two of Michael Jackson's children -- Paris and Prince Michael -- have been tweeting various allegations and concerns about their grandmother, who had been reported missing over the weekend. Other family members, including Jermaine and Randy Jackson, Michael's brothers, have also used Twitter to advance their positions, turning the drama into a very public fight. The backdrop for the discord appears to be a widening family rift over who should control Michael Jackson's legacy and assets. On July 17, two days after their mother left L.A., Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and Randy Jackson signed a letter demanding the resignation of the two men who oversee business affairs for their late brother's estate. The letter accused the trustees -- music industry veterans John Branca and John McClain -- of a host of misdeeds, including faking the will that gave t ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Michael Jackson's family in nasty public feud
LATimes - over 4 years
The feud involving various members of Michael Jackson's family has spilled into open view. The pop star's mother, Katherine, Jackson, was reported missing over the weekend. And although Los Angeles County sheriff's authorities and members of the Jackson family have said she was out of state with other family members, Paris Jackson -- the late Michael Jackson's 14-year-old daughter -- continued to publicly claim she is being kept from her grandmother. Then on Monday, authorities were called to Katherine Jackson's home when family members had a physical altercation. In a interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday, one of Michael Jackson's siblings ratcheted up the rhetoric against executors of the pop star's estate and accused them of exploiting the singer's children and faking the will. Randy Jackson called MSNBC's "Politics Nation" on Tuesday afternoon to update the public on the situation with his mother, who had been reported missing over the weekend by another family mem ...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Michael Jackson's Mother Reported Missing, Causes Jackson Family Debate
MTV News - over 4 years
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old mother of the late singer Michael Jackson, is assumed missing. CNN reports that Michael's daughter, Paris Jackson, (who has been under Katherine's care along with her siblings since the death of her father) is concerned as she never received an expected call from her grandmother. On July 20, Michael's brother Jermaine tweeted a contradictory story and shared that Katherine was in Arizona due to doctor's orders. He said "I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us," "This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period." and " I thank the vast majority of you for your messages of love and support. The bullcrap of speculators and deflectors is just background noise." "yes , my grandmother is missing . i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her h ...
Article Link:
MTV News article
Latest John Branch cartoons
my SA - almost 5 years
Article Link:
my SA article
Latest John Branch cartoons
my SA - almost 5 years
Article Link:
my SA article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Branca
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    Billboard Magazine named Branca its 2016 "Lawyer of the Year/"
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Barbara May Theresa Werle (October 6, 1928-January 1, 2013) was an entertainer and Harvest Moon Ball winner who danced on The Ed Sullivan Show. She moved to Los Angeles when Branca was four to pursue her show business career. Branca lived with his father, also named John, who later served as the New York State Athletic Commissioner. (His uncle, Ralph Branca, pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers for many years, including the 1947 World Series. He is portrayed in the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" as one of Robinson's earliest supporters.) At age 11, Branca moved to LA, and at 13, started a rock band, The Other Half, for which he played guitar. Three years later, he played with a band that occasionally opened for The Doors at LA’s Hullabaloo Club.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Since Jackson's passing, the Jackson Estate has generated $600 million in income, erasing the $500 million debt it maintained at the time Jackson died. In May 2013, the CBS news show 60 Minutes did a segment about the estate and called this turn-around "the most remarkable financial and image resurrection in pop culture history."
  • 2012
    Age 62
    For his support, the Grammy Foundation honored him with its 2012 Service Award.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, he is on the Board of the Grammy Museum, the Board of Trustees of Occidental College and on the Executive Committee of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Renovation Campaign Committee, the goal of which is to transform the pavilion into a world-class sports and cultural facility for the university and community. He also supports Club 42, an integrated youth baseball league. Branca is an ardent baseball card collector, and has many rare cards. He also has a noted collection of Italian antiques, and is an ardent basketball and music fan.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also represented Sony Corporation of America in the $2.2 Billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing and EMI and Sony ATV in the sale of the Virgin Music catalogue. In addition, Branca helped songwriters such as Don Henley of The Eagles regain copyrights of their songs, or to help them secure royalties that they’ve lost, as he did with John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. These deals prompted Marty Bandier, CEO and chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, to call Branca the "number one music publishing lawyer in the country." At Branca's first wedding, Michael Jackson was Best Man and Rev. Little Richard Penniman served as minister. Branca currently lives in the gated community of Beverly Park in Los Angeles, California, and is engaged to Jenna Nicole Hurt, age 32, a runway and fashion model. He has two sons, John Connor,14 and Dylan Gregory 12,from his second marriage, and a daughter, Jessica, 28 from his first.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ensuing sales included: Kurt Cobain and Nirvana copyrights; Steve Tyler's Aerosmith publishing catalog of 160 songs to Primary Wave Music Publishing for $50 million; Julian Lennon's share of The Beatles' royalties, and the catalog of the legendary song-writing team of Leiber & Stoller to Sony/ATV, which created a new yardstick by which the worth of catalogs was measured. He also sold Berry Gordy's Jobete Music to EMI, which changed the method and standard by which catalogs were valued.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    In 2005, Branca brokered a ground-breaking 360 deal between Korn and EMI, which made EMI a partner in all of Korn’s operations.
    More Details Hide Details EMI earned a stake in all of Korn's touring and merchandise, instead of only handling the band’s CDs, which has typically been the record company's role. This synthesis increased the record company’s incentive and ability to foster the group’s success in all endeavors. A few months later, Branca, with his partner David Lande, expanded the circle to include concert promoter Live Nation. The duo has since put together Live Nation 360 deals for Shakira and Nickelback. He serves as co-counsel for Justin Timberlake. In 1985, Branca facilitated one of the most famous music publishing deals in history, the purchase of ATV Music Publishing for Michael Jackson.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Today, virtually all major concert tours follow this model.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Within a few years the catalog was worth more than $400,000,000. Branca was also instrumental in facilitating the merger of ATV with Sony, creating one of the world's largest independent music publishers. In the Michael Jackson probate case, Branca produced Jackson's final will and testament, which designated Branca as executor. The Jackson family filed a preemptive probate action in the Los Angeles Superior Court, based on the allegation that Jackson died "intestate," without a valid will. Branca filed the will in Los Angeles on July 1, 2009 and was appointed co-executor. After initially contesting the appointment of Branca and John McClain as executors of Michael's will, his mother Katherine withdrew her objections on November 10, 2009. According to the Associated Press, her attorney, Adam Streisand, said Mrs. Jackson felt it was time legal fighting ended and that her actions were in the best interest of Michael's children. In an interview published in December 2010 she was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying that Branca and McClain are doing "a very good job" managing the estate.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While working as an estate planner at the firm of Kindel & Anderson, Branca came across a Time Magazine profile of Elton John which mentioned entertainment lawyers. Branca realized that this field of law was his true calling. Branca was instrumental in the production and release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller short film. Before Thriller, music videos typically had budgets of $50,000—however, Jackson spent over $1 million on the music video of Thriller. Branca financed it by persuading Showtime to pony up $1.2 million for a Making of "Thriller" video, the first "making of" documentary for a music video. In the video, Jackson turns into a werewolf. At the time, Jackson was a Jehovah's Witness, and church elders berated him for promoting demonology. Jackson ordered Branca, who had the sole copy, to destroy it. Branca told Jackson that Bela Lugosi, whom Jackson adored, and who played Dracula in the movies, was also religious and had put a disclaimer at the beginning of Dracula stating that he didn't endorse vampirism. This anecdote persuaded Jackson to put a similar disclaimer on Thriller and allow it to be released. In the five days following, the Thriller album - already out for 1½ years, sold another million copies. Ultimately, Thriller sold an estimated 110 million copies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born on December 11, 1950.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)