Luber Roklin Entertainment today sued Stephen Crawford for allegedly telling his clients not to pay commissions to his former employer once he moved to a new firm. In the three-claims complaint (read it here) the management company says that the trouble started when Crawford left LRE after five years on March 31, 2012 and joined Industry Entertainment as a manager. With his move, Crawford took his clients such as Jon Herman, Tiffany Paulsen, Adam Minarovich, David DiGilio, Adam Kane and John P. Lavin with him. Soon afterward, all of them ceased paying their 10% commissions to LRE. “If the LRE Clients were to terminate the management relationship with LRE, then LRE would continue to be entitled to a ten percent commission on all deals entered into or negotiated while they were LRE clients. All amounts owed under the LRE Clients’ agreements with LRE were to be paid directly to LRE, not to Crawford or any other individual manager. Although these agreements were not memorialized in writing, the terms as detailed herein were ratified through the parties’ course of conduct,” says the complaint. LRE is seeking unspecified damages and a full accounting from Crawford in its demand for a three-day jury trial. LRE is represented by Jordan Susman of LA firm Freedman & Taitelman
Bryan Brucks is joining Luber Roklin Entertainment to head up their literary division. Brucks who ran his own company, will bring over his clients including Black List writers Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki, Emmy nominee Ben Schwartz, Fernley Phillps, Andy Burg, Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, Rachel Specter/Audrey Wauchope, and Paul Sloan. As a producer he has two films in post: the Joe Johnston-directed Not Safe For Work for Universal and Blumhouse, and Kill For Me at Sony and Stage Six. He’s also producing Boy Scouts vs Zombies at Paramount, which has Etan Cohen attached to direct.
“Bryan is a seasoned veteran in this town with valuable experience as an executive and a manager,” said Luber Roklin principal Matt Luber. “He has great taste in material, has great clients and understands how to put movies together. We are happy to have him.”
Veteran talent representative Jeff Kolodny is returning to agenting. He has joined Paradigm as an agent in the talent department. Kolodny comes from Luber Roklin Entertainment where he has been a manager for the past three years. Before that, Kolodny spent 17 years at William Morris where he was a VP in the talent department. It is not clear yet which clients will follow him to Paradigm. Luber Roklin was in the news recently as its youth manager Nick Roses was charged in April with nine criminal counts stemming from an alleged scheme involving acting workshops for out-of-town kids.
It is a story that has dominated conversations among talent agents and managers this week. As reported by several outlets, on Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced that Nicholas Roses, identified as a 21-year-old talent manager based in Studio City, Calif., has been charged with nine criminal counts. He has been accused of luring parents from small-town America to bring their children to his poorly run (according to the parents), expensive (at $3,000 a pop) acting workshops in Los Angeles with the promise to eventually sign the kids.
Why is the case getting so much attention in talent circles? Because Nicholas Roses is actually Nick Roses, a well-known youth talent manager working for established management company Luber Roklin Entertainment. Roses, who joined Luber Roklin a year ago, has been running the alleged scheme through his own company, and partner Matt Luber on Thursday told me they were unaware of Roses’ extracurricular activities. Immediately after Roses’ indictment Tuesday, he was suspended by Luber Roklin pending further investigation. His name has since been removed from the company’s staff directory on IMDb Pro. (Meanwhile, several talent agents and managers from other companies told me that many in the industry had known about Roses’ practices and expressed doubt that he could have kept them secret from his bosses.)
There is one other reason for this case being on everyone’s lips: Roses is not just a young turk, he has been a lightning rod. “I can’t think of anyone else of that age who is more hated,” one talent manager said. “He’s wronged a lot of people.”