There’s a new development in that Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office crackdown on Hollywood managers and agencies it believes are running afoul of the state’s labor law, the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, which prohibits charging advance fees. Four talent managers have been accused of charging improper fees, the highest-profile one being Nick Roses. Now this week Roses, the one-time 21-year-old wunderkind talent manager based in Studio City, entered a no-contest plea to one count of operating an advance-fee talent representation service and one count of failing to file the proper $50,000 bond with the State Labor Commission. Judge Yolanda Orozco sentenced Roses to serve 90 days in jail or perform 45 days of Community Labor, and to 36 months probation. During that time, Roses is ordered to have no involvement with any talent training service, talent counseling service, or talent listing service anywhere, including outside the state of California. Roses also was ordered not to be involved with any “camp”, education facility, or day care facility attended by anyone under the age of 18. Failure to abide by the terms of probation will result in Roses being sentenced to at least 6 months of jail. In addition to the above, Roses is ordered to pay $10,700 in total restitution to the three complaining witnesses, and to pay $2,000 investigative costs to the City Attorney’s Office.
More and more Hollywood types have been venting their frustrations about the biz and the people they work for/with in the form of computer-generated videos on xtranormal.com. First, it was Gavin Polone’s NY assistant’s “exchange” with her boss. Then it was a young female writer’s “job interview” with Mad Men creator Matt Weiner. Now, a clip written by TV actor Richard Ruccolo, who starred on ABC’s Two Guys and a Girl and Lifetime’s Rita Rocks, is getting traction online. It depicts a conversation between an actor and his agent and features everything actors wished they had the guts to say to their reps. I have actor friends and know they will find this painfully amusing: