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.
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. Ncopm appealed in October and is still awaiting a ruling. So now its going on the shaming offensive while trying to educate the public about the raw deal it believes personal managers are getting under the law.
The law requires that anyone who procures employment must be licensed by the state Labor Commissioner, which managers are not. Ncopm is challenging the constitutionality of the law. Personal managers nationwide have forfeited an estimated 500,000,000 due to either the California Labor Commissioner voiding management contracts and ordering disgorgement of compensation or managers being forced to settle artist disputes rather.
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. Related: Managers File Appeal In California Talent Agencies Act Suit, 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.
The National Conference of Personal Managers is going on the public relations offensive in its ongoing fight to overturn Californias Talent Agency Act, which prevents managers from procuring employment for their clients. Many personal managers do, in fact, procure employment for their clients. They dont sign the deals thats left to the agents and lawyers but they can help find them jobs. When a dispute arises, the client can get out of paying the managers commission by accusing the manager of having procured employment for them in violation of the Talent Agency.