UPDATE: In response, Michael Camacho tells Deadline: “I was in charge of unscripted television at UTA when his agency signed several of the principal characters of Pawn Stars. I have never met or spoken to the former agents or the clients and was unaware of any claim.”
The former agents of the stars of History’s Pawn Stars today sued the network, executives Nancy Dubac and Mary Donahue, A&E and former UTA agent Michael Camacho for allegedly poaching their clients. Citing $5 million in lost commissions and damages (read complaint here), Venture IAB claims that it set up Pawn Stars’ Richard B. Harrison, Richard K. Harrison, Richard C. Harrison and Austen Russell on the reality show. The agents say they signed the group as clients in 2007 and again in 2009. Pawn Stars debuted on History on July 19, 2009. It was not long after that things started to go sour between the staff of Las Vegas’ World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and their agents. “In or about January 2010, the Harrisons and Russell terminated the Agency agreements, and thereafter entered into agency contracts with Michael Camacho and UTA. As a result of the intentional interference with the Agency Agreements, Plaintiff has lost millions of dollars of income,” says the complaint. Venture IAB claims it’s “entitled to 10% of all compensation received by the Harrisons and Russell” from Pawn Stars.
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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Camacho, United Talent Agency partner and head of the agency’s alternative department, has resigned from UTA after five years and is leaving agenting. The move comes two weeks after Camacho’s former client, reality television producer Scott Einziger, dropped his $10-million lawsuit against UTA and Camacho as the two sides settled out of court. Camacho did resign on his own accord, though I hear he would’ve been terminated by the agency. His lieutenants Brett Hansen and Joe Labracio will take over day-to-day duties of running UTA’s alternative department under managing partner Jay Sures. Camacho just announced his resignation in a company email:
I have decided to resign as a Partner at UTA in order to pursue the next phase of my career. This was a difficult decision. My time at UTA has been incredible, and I am very proud of the department that we have built. I feel certain that I am leaving the department much stronger and more vibrant than when I arrived, and that is very gratifying to me.
I will always be grateful for the opportunity that UTA gave to me when I joined. I believe that there are few places anywhere that embrace and support people and ideas the way this agency does.
As I look forward, I am sure of one thing and that is that we will be working together in a new capacity that will be rewarding and exciting for us
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