John Branca
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United States
2018

Ziffren Brittenham LLP

John
Branca

Partner

Entertainment lawyer and manager Branca has represented more than 30 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts, including The Bee Gees, The Doors, Carlos Santana and the estates of Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, but he is perhaps best known for his decades with just one: Michael Jackson. Since the megastar’s untimely 2009 passing, Branca has been the co-executor of the King of Pop’s estate, handling everything from the $750 million sale of its 50 percent share in Sony/ATV in 2016 to a $287 million deal for its 10 percent interest in EMI earlier this year. Branca is active in artists’ rights cases, most recently extricating rapper Lil Pump from his original Warner Bros. contract, signed when he was underage, and negotiating a new lucrative deal with the label.

Career

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

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
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