In over three decades as an entertainment attorney, John Branca has represented and put ground-breaking deals together for recording artists, touring groups, independent record labels, movie stars, music publishers, sports figures, and investors.
Clients include more than 30 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among them: Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, Dick Clark, The Kurt Cobain Estate, The Doors, Earth, Wind & Fire, John Fogerty, Fleetwood Mac, Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Elton John, Leiber & Stolller, The Otis Redding Estate, The Rolling Stones, Carols Santana, ZZ Top, and more. Other artists have included The Backstreet Boys, Chris Cornell, Dr. Dre, The Fugees, Enrique Iglesias, Incubus, Alicia Keys, Korn, Alanis Morissette, Nickelback, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, TLC and Weezer.
Music Publishing Catalog (acquired or sold) clients include: Steve Tyler’s Aerosmith catalog, the ATV catalog, The Beatles’ catalog to Michael Jackson’s ATV Music, CBS Songs, Kurt Cobain, Merv Griffin, Berry Gordy’s Jobete Music, Leiber & Stolller, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, SBK Music, Sly and the Family Stone, the Sony/ATV merger, and the Sony/ATV acquisition of EMI Music.
Independent Record Label Representation clients include: Epitaph Records, Interscope Records, Maverick Records, Motown Records, Rhino Records, Rick Rubin’s American Recordings, Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Records.
National Tour Deal clients include: Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Korn, Nickelback, The Rolling Stones, and Shakira (with David Lande).
Miscellaneous Client Representations have included: Don Johnson, Eddie Murphy and Mike Tyson, Snapchat.
Represented Ken Erlich’s 2014 agreement to produce The Grammys .
Represented Simon Cowell’s renewal of Synco Music label deal, the largest independent label in the world.
Represented Joe Thomas in renewal of Soundstage television series.
Entertainment Industry Investment Advisor clients include: AT&T, Boston, Goldman Sachs, JVC, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings,Inc., Marvin Davis, Matsushita, MCI and Vivendi.
Film and Show Production Executive Producer of the Michael Jackson concert film “This Is It,” the most successful concert film in history.
Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson IMMORTAL show, the #1 grossing tour in North America, 2011-2012.
Michael Jackson ONE, a permanent show at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay.
Co-Manager of the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour.
Represented Carlos Santana in House of Blues residency deal in Las Vegas.
Serves as co-counsel to Justin Timberlake.
Copyright Recovery / Royalty Reimbursement clients include: The Beach Boys, The Doors, John Fogerty, and Don Henley.
Artist Re-branding Mr. Branca has helped numerous artists extend and expand their careers through corporate sponsorships, cross-platform projects, demographic outreach, and business and investment planning. As co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, Mr. Branca has introduced Michael Jackson to a new generation of fans and an expanded demographic base through the release of “This is It,” the biggest-grossing concert film in history; two Cirque du Soleil shows, including “IMMORTAL,” which went on a 27 country, 157 city two-year world tour; and a best-selling Ubisoft dance game. He also rekindled a long-standing relationship between Jackson and Pepsico, accentuating Jackson’s re-emergence as an attractive corporate spokesperson.
Represents the estates of Jim Morrison, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley and others.