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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Siegel’

Manager Catfight Ensues with Reagan Daughter

Manager and legal precedent advocate Rick Siegel is backing personal manager Judy Coppage in her fight with Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis over a lawsuit about whether Coppage tried to get Davis a screenwriting job.pattidavis.jpg

Siegel has been fighting this good fight, first for himself, now for any managers like Coppage who attempt to represent writers, directors and actors though they’re not allowed by an antiquated state restriction that prevents managers from procuring work — even though hundreds of managers exist in Los Angeles all the time by getting work for clients.

Below are the details regarding Coppage and Patti Davis:

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Not That Anyone Cares, But ‘Entourage’ May Be Borderline Illegal

As it’s picked up for its 6th season, the hit HBO show “Entourage,” which skewers the film industry with its usually dead-on lampooning, both in character and storyline, may be shooting blanks with its ongoing saga of “manager” (and best friend to star Vince) Eric. entourageshot.jpg

In recent episodes, Eric has been dutifully involved in setting up an independent production with Vince and Ed Norton. He’s pitching it, negotiating for it and ultimately collecting from it. The fact is, it’s all illegal or at least illicit as Eric the manager is not technically allowed to perform any of these activities.

This has all been discussed and argued in court with real-life manager Rick Siegel and his continual woes with the legal system.

Eric, as a manager, would not be allowed to sit in on or participate in any negotiation meetings. Furthermore, he wouldn’t even be allowed to look for, much less create, elements for Vince to be a part of.

Much of this has been the crux of Siegel’s ongoing dispute with the Talent Agencies Act and how it’s enforced.

Not that we’re holding them to any standard, but HBO, usually a stickler for accuracy, did not get back to FBLA with a comment.

Siegel Goes To Terminator For Closure

Rick SiegelRickSiegel2.jpg, founder and major domo for Marathon Entertainment, has taken his battle with the legal and governmental denizens over the ability for managers to represent clients and procure employment right to the top.

He’s filed a diatribe of a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggerarnold2.jpg, breaking down his ongoing appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a federal lawsuit he filed against State Labor Commissioner Andrea Broadstreet.

Rick has been fighting this good fight for nearly 10 years solely with the intent of defending managers’ rights and allowing them to represent talent and writers and even producers without breaking the law. Currently, managers are not allowed to procure jobs for clients and supposedly are never supposed to be involved in any kind of negotiation for their clients’ work.

Of course, managers in Hollywood ignore these laws all the time. But Siegel got tired of it when he had a knock-down drag-out fight with Nia Vardalos Nia.jpgof “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” fame back in 2002 when the film broke all sorts of records and made tons of cash. As a result, Siegel reared his head and challenged the status quo of the management syndicate. He’s been at it ever since.

The Schwarzenegger missive is below:

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