‘Pawn Stars’ Former Agents Sue A&E, History Channel & Michael Camacho

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 7:06pm PST

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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‘Pawn Stars’ Producer Opens LA Outpost

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 9:04am PDT

New York-based reality producer Leftfield Pictures is opening an LA office and has hired former Pilgrim Studios executive Rob Hill to spearhead the company’s expansion here. Leftfield, behind founder and executive producer Brent Montgomery, launched Pawn StarsRead More »

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Mipcom: Shine America & Leftfield Pictures Partner For Reality Series ‘Treasure House’

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 8:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ardaban, the recently formed Shine America label, is teaming with Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Pictures for a reality competition series. Titled Treasure House, the Ardaban original format uncovers hidden treasures in everyday homes. In each episode, … Read More »

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History’s ‘Pawn Stars’ Gets UK Offshoot

By | Sunday October 7, 2012 @ 7:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A+E Networks UK has greenlighted a UK version of History‘s flagship series Pawn Stars. The series, which will air on History UK, has received an eight-episode order. It will be produced by New York-based Leftfield Pictures, producer of … Read More »

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More Cable Ratings: ‘Protector’ Starts Low, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘Teen Wolf’ Rise

By | Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 5:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime’s new scripted series The Protector was off to a soft start, drawing 1.9 million viewers for its premiere on Sunday, holding onto 50% of its Army Wives lead-in. For comparison, the network’s recent drama series Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives launched with 2.8 million and 3.4 million viewers. For the 2 premiere night airings, The Protector averaged a combined 2.7 million viewers. MTV’s new series Teen Wolf rebounded in its third outing last night, up 23% from its Monday time-slot premiere last week among persons 12-34 with a 1.6 rating. The show was also up double digits in total viewers to 1.8 million. Read More »

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CABLE RATINGS: Record Night For History, SyFy’s ‘Being Human’ Builds, Lawrence O’Donnell Has Solid Debut On MSNBC

Nellie Andreeva

With so much attention focused on MTV’s phenomenon Jersey Shore and BET’s The Game, History’s less noisy series Pawn Stars and American Pickers often get overlooked. But last week, they ranked No.4, 5 and 6 behind Jersey Shore and The Game among all cable series in total viewers. And last night, they broke rating records for History with some staggering numbers. The 10:30 PM episode of Pawn Stars drew 7 million viewers, 3.7 million of them in the 18-49 demo, a series high and History’s most watched telecast ever. The 10 PM episode of Pawn Stars was close behind (6.7 million, 3.4 million in 18-49) At 9 PM, American Pickers drew 6.2 million viewers, 2.6 million in 18-49. The 3 programs ranked as cable’s No.1, 2 and 3 shows last night in all key metrics.

Meanwhile, there was good news for Syfy’s new original drama Being Human. While fellow British drama remake Skins on MTV took a dive in its second outing last night, Being Human actually grew in its second airing last night: by 9% in total viewers to 2.14 million and by 21% in Adults 18-49 to 1.21 million. Being Human is now tracking as Syfy’s most successful scripted winter series launch since Battlestar Galactica in 2005. Read More »

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