John Branca has facilitated the acquisition and sale of some of the largest and most prestigious music catalogs in history, including the most famous, the purchase of The Beatles’ catalog by Michael Jackson in 1985.
Branca later was central to putting together the merger of ATV, Jackson’s publishing company, with Sony, which created one the largest independent music publishers in the world, Sony/ATV.
He subsequently served as consultant to Sony/ATV in connection with the $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music, and was then hired by EMI to sell off music divestiture assets for $90 million.
Other publishing deals include the sale of Berry Gordy’s Jobete Music to EMI, the Leiber & Stoller catalog to Sony/ATV, which re-imagined how the worth of catalogs was calculated, and the 2009 sale of the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog, which sold for over $200 million in a “down” economy.
Yet other music-publishing deals included artists such as Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Julian Lennon’s share of The Beatles’ royalties, and Steven Tyler’s Aerosmith catalog.
Branca was also instrumental in the formation and sale of Interscope Records and the sale of Rhino Records. In addition to representing Rick Rubin and his American Recordings label deal with Universal Music. Other clients include Richard Bramson, MacAndrews & Forbes Chief Executive Ronald Perelman and Simon Cowell.
Branca’s close relationship with musicians has spurred him to help a number of song-writers regain copyrights they’d lost, or receive royalties they weren’t getting, including Don Henley of The Eagles and John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Branca has retroactively increased royalties for recording artists such as The Beach Boys and The Doors after they have completed all recording services for a label.