Managers Stay Managers

Talent managers in California have lost a bid to overturn the Talent Agencies Act of 1978, which prohibits them from procuring work for their clients.

U.S. District Court Judge Dean Pregerson threw out a suit March 5 by the National Conference of Personal Managers. Plaintiffs claimed the act is unconstitutionally vague and that it violates the 13th Amendment of the Constitution.

The latter argument stems from the murky definition of management – because it can be difficult to draw a line between furthering artists careers and directly garnering work for them. Therefore, procuring work for a client and being denied a commission is a form of “indentured servitude,” as noted by The Wrap.

Likewise, managers have complained that clients can use the Talent Agencies Act as a way to break a contract. Some managers have been reported to the California Labor Commissioner for wrongfully procuring work without a license.

Pregerson said the courts have sufficiently established the definition of “procuring” and that the definition has not been challenged in “numerous” other California statutes.