NOTE from MJJJP- The information, quotes, comments, links and timeline below have been compiled and sent to MJJJP from a MJ fan Twitter Account – ItsBlackItsWhite– Their wish is to present this information and let the Michael Jackson fanbase come to their own conclusions regarding the issues and questions reaised in the entitled article and we are willing to oblige this request.
John Branca; Was He Really Fired In 2003?
If So, Was He Rehired?
A Documented Time Line-
February 2003: A letter notifying Branca that he’s been terminated. For reasons no one has explained, the day date has been whited out and the address of the letter’s origin is vague. Since it says “HAND DELIVERED” we will assume that Branca received it.
February 11, 2003 Fire Mountain Services, Llc was filed in Nevada with John Branca as manager (If the name sounds familiar, this business entity along with Michael Jackson were the defendants in Marc Schaffel’s suit against MJ. It’s my understanding that Fire Mountain Services owned the rights to Debbie Rowe’s interview for the “Rebuttal Video”.)
April 15, 2003 is the date on the Interfor Report. As far as I know there was only the one report. We know from David LeGrande’s testimony in 2005 that the report offered no proof of Branca’s alleged wrong doing, tho’ it led to proof that Weisner and Konitzer had embezzled $965,000.00. What’s odd is that it’s dated 2 months after the termination letter. Is it possible that MJ had already fired Branca, then rehired him after this report found that others were stealing from him?
Full transcript of LeGrande’s testimony – May 12, 2005 http://www.geniusmichaeljackson.com/court/Transcripts/Court%20Transcript%205%2013%202005.txt
July 28, 2003 A letter to Charles Koppleman. It is on Branca’s law firm’s letter head and signed by Branca, which indicates that he was representing Michael. If you read the letter you see that he is definitely representing Michael’s best interests re: the proposed Goldman-Sachs deal put forth by Al Malnik and Charles Koppleman; Branca wants to insure that Michael retain some control as well as some cash. It was Branca’s suggestion that MJ pass on this deal, which he did. Among other things, Branca informs Koppeleman that “I’m not sure of the justification for Goldman-Sachs to control the Board with five of seven Board seats giving Michael only two.” and that “…it does not make sense to Michael to tie you in as manager of MiJac as condition of the loan.”
[If LeGrand was in charge of Michael’s affairs wouldn’t Barry Seigal have sent this letter to LeGrand instead of Branca?]
August 27, 2003 “…Jackson made up with his lawyer, John Branca…”
November 18, 2003 The CD “Number Ones” was released. In the acknowledgments Michael gave “special thanks” to Branca: “From the days of “when”….to the present…..Thank you for the years. I Love You, Michael Jackson.”
November 19, 2003 This New York Times article on the Neverland raid states, “John Branca, Michael Jackson’s lawyer, did not return a telephone call seeking comment….”
December 25, 2003 Michael was interviewed for the TV news show “60 Minutes” by Ed Bradley. According to this MTV News article, it was John Branca and Charles Koppleman who negotiated that interview as the network, CBS, would not air the special “Michael Jackson: Number Ones” until MJ publicly denied the allegations against him.
December 31, 2003 “The [Ed] Bradley interview, as I reported here some two weeks ago, was not set up by [Deiter] Weisner at all. In fact the whole idea emanated from what I call Jackson’s “permanent” government of advisers – John Branca, Charles Koppleman and Al Malnik.”
January 14, 2004 “ ‘Michael is in charge’ John Branca, one of the singer’s business attorneys, told reporters.”
April 30, 2004 [Italics are mine] “But his long time music attorney, John Branca, said it would be a mistake to count his client out.
‘He was counted out once before, when the Jackson 5 lost popularity, and came back bigger than ever,’ Branca said. ‘Michael speaks to a world wide audience like no other artist in history.’ ”
April 14, 2005 Branca mentioned as one of Micheal’s advisers:
June 10, 2005 “He [MJ] is being advised in the matter by John Branca, a well known music industry lawyer…”
2006 “He [MJ] was surrounded and I had to resign,” he [Branca] said. “He did not ask me to stay. I resigned amicably.”
Branca was Michael’s attorney for Thriller 25 DVD registered on 06/03/2008.
THRILLER (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (CIRCUIT CITY EXCLUSIVE) DVD / by…
Registration Number / Date: PA0001607247 / 2008-06-03
Application Title: THRILLER (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (CIRCUIT CITY EXCLUSIVE) DVD / by MICHAEL JACKSON (88697-17986-2-D2)
Title: THRILLER (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (CIRCUIT CITY EXCLUSIVE) DVD / by MICHAEL JACKSON (88697-17986-2-D2)
Description: Videodisc (DVD)
Copyright Claimant: MJJ Productions Inc.. Address: c/o Zifferen, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, 1801 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA, 90067, United States
Date of Creation: 2008
Date of Publication: 2008-02-08
And Branca was Michael’s attorney for “The Essential Michael Jackson” registered 10/17/2008.
THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON : Limited Edition 3.0.
Registration Number / Date: SR0000618451 / 2008-10-17
Application Title: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON 3.0 (DISC 3) / by MICHAEL JACKSON (88697-30985-2)
Title: THE ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON : Limited Edition 3.0.
Publisher Number: 88697309852 Epic/Legacy
Description: 3 Compact discs.
Copyright Claimant: MJJ Productions Inc. Address: C/o Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer, 1801 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA, 90067, United States.
Date of Creation: 2008
Date of Publication: 2008-08-22
Nation of First Publication: United States
Pls note, Joe Jackson’s Nov.9, 2009 filing states the agreement between John Branca and Michael Jackson to “part ways” is April 2006.
Re: 2009 “In the weeks before Michael Jackson officially rehired Branca [in 2009 *] the attorney had several discussions with Jackson’s representatives about what he wanted to accomplish…. three pronged mission: to get the estate out from under its crushing debt; to provide for Michael’s children and loved ones; and to restore the King of Pop’s legacy to its former glory.”
* Joe Jackson’s petition of Nov 9, 2009 confirms the “business plan and contract” to hire Branca was completed on June 17, 2009 and submitted to court by John Branca.
AND the rehiring of John Branca is further confirmed by Randall Sullivan –
“Untouchable” by Randall Sullivan
Pg. 504 footnote
Weitzman responded forcefully and persuasively to the question about whether Branca was rehired in 2009, first by arranging a conference call with Michael Kane, who had been hired as Michael’s business manager shortly before his death and who continued to serve in that capacity for the estate. Kane told me [Randall Sullivan] that he had personally witnessed the meeting between Branca and Jackson at the Forum, and had in fact participated in some of it. Weitzman also arranged a conference call with Joel Katz, who had been hired as Jackson’s entertainment lawyer in the spring of 2009, and Katz told me he was certain that Branca and Jackson had met as claimed, because he had spoken to Michael Jackson about the meeting a short time afterward. He had asked Michael if he minded John joining the team, Katz said, and Michael had told him he did not. Not long after this, Katz said, he saw a document signed by Michael Jackson that approved a business plan that would be directed by John Branca. Members of the Jackson family and critics of John Branca retorted that Kane and Katz were employees of the estate and allies of Branca. I see no legitimate basis for insulting Mr. Kane and Mr. Katz with the suggestion that they would lie at John Branca’s behest and I accept that Branca did in fact meet with Michael Jackson at the Forum and likely was rehired as one of Jackson’s entertainment attorneys. For me, that controversy has been settled in Mr. Branca’s favor.
Sources embedded in text.