John Dukakis

Executive Vice President
Music Overbrook Entertainment

Born in California and raised in the Boston area, John has had a rich and varied career in the political and entertainment businesses. While attending Brown University in the mid-'70's, the aspiring actor was cast in Universal's sequel to Jaws, Jaws 2. He relocated to Hollywood and continued to work as an actor for the next 6 years. He had substantial roles in the films Making Love, Delusion and Split Image and on television in Family Ties, Little House On The Prairie, Taxi and the Jim Jones docudrama, Guyana Tragedy. He finished his career in New York working on the Broadway and Off-Broadway stage.

After retiring from acting, he segued to a job in Washington, DC as a legislative assistant to US Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) in the Senator's first 2 years in office. In 1987, John's stepfather, then-Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA), announced his intention to run for President of the United States. John left Washington and moved to Atlanta to run the Southern campaign for the months prior to the Super Tuesday primaries. Later, as the National Political Director, he campaigned all over the country on behalf of the Dukakis-Bentsen ticket.

With the 1988 campaign over, John began work with an attorney in Boston named Bob Woolf who had built a significant international practice representing professional athletes. John ran the music business management department and spent most of his time on a developing local act: New Kids on the Block. Within several years the company grew and he was sent to Los Angeles to open an office there with an emphasis on working with other established and developing acts. When he left the company in 1992, the company was also working with Boyz II Men and Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch.

John left Bob Woolf to become the general manager of Paisley Park Records, a joint venture between the artist Prince and Warner Bros. Records. During his tenure, the company released a Prince album as well as projects from George Clinton and Mavis Staples.

In 1994, he formed a new venture with his partner, Qadree El-Amin. Southpaw Entertainment was a full service management company. In its early years it primarily focused on the management of Boyz II Men. But after the record-setting success of the 12X platinum "II" album, the company took on new clients. Over the years, Southpaw also handled the careers of Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Brownstone and Blackstreet. In early 2002, John left Southpaw to take a position as an Executive Vice President of Overbrook Music, a music label as well as a full service management company owned and run by Will Smith and his partner, James Lassiter. The company released the multi-platinum-certified soundtrack for the film Wild Wild West as well as the gold-certified soundtrack for the film Love and Basketball. In addition to Will, the company also manages the rock band Zoo Story, Christina Vidal, Jordan Knight, Deborah Cox and singer/songwriter Damon Sharpe and Samantha Mumba. In the spring, Overbrook will release the soundtrack for the film Men In Black 2.

John continues to work for Overbrook and lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée and his daughter.

External Links: Overbrook Entertainment