John Branca
United States

Ziffren Brittenham LLP



The longtime attorney for Michael Jackson during his lifetime, Branca has been co-executor of the King of Pop’s estate since his death in 2009, during which time it has brought in a reported $2 billion — as much as the singer earned when he was alive. He remains active on that front, squaring off with HBO in the ongoing legal battle over the doc “Leaving Neverland.” This year, his main focus has been development of the Broadway show “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” which is scheduled to open in summer 2020. As head of the music department at venerable firm Ziffren Brittenham, he oversaw the deal for the Rick Rubin Showtime series “Shangri-La” and rapper Tyga’s Columbia Records signing, and still he found time to lecture at Harvard and UCLA law schools.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Musicians' Assistance Program


  • Occidental College (CA, USA)
  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
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