The National Conference of Personal Managers is going on the public relations offensive in its ongoing fight to overturn California’s Talent Agency Act, which prevents managers from procuring employment for their clients. The group has launched a website and is naming names, shaming dozens of stars who have sued their managers during the past 30 years for, of all things, helping them get jobs. The list includes Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Richard Pryor, Jennifer Lopez, Rosanne Barr, Arsenio Hall, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Sean Hayes and many others.
NCOPM tried to get the law changed so that personal managers could legally help their clients find jobs, but its effort was shot down last year in federal court. NCOPM appealed in October and is still awaiting a ruling. So now it’s going on the shaming offensive while trying to educate the public about the raw deal it believes personal managers are getting under the law. Its new website also is trying to raise money to continue its legal battle, which has seen all three major talent guilds — covering actors, writers and directors — opposing its efforts in “friend of the court” filings.