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.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is continuing its crackdown on Hollywood agencies it believes are running afoul of the state’s labor laws. Today the city attorney and the State Labor Commissioner sent a letter to Burbank-based Central Casting, the industry’s largest extras-casting business, ordering the company to cease and desist from charging or collecting fees from its background actors. An investigation found that Central Casting “charges applicants a cash-only $25 ’photographic/electronic image’ fee, regardless of whether the applicant actually receives work, and that other casting companies collect fees ranging from $15 to $80.” Letter also were sent to 13 other casting companies, the city attorney said. “The Labor Commissioner’s office is committed to enforcing all of California’s labor laws. This includes ensuring actors are not required to pay a fee which the law prohibits,” Labor Commissioner Julie Su said. “An employer that requires a mandatory fee from actors applying for work as background performers in the entertainment industry violates this important rule.”
The letter marks the latest in a string of moves by city and state officials to ensure compliance with the state’s Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, which prohibits charging advance fees. Four talent managers have been charged with charging improper fees, the highest-profile one being Nick Roses, a youth talent manager who worked for established management company Luber Roklin Entertainment.