New York, NY asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for New York

Q: Hi, I’m an actor in NYC who is represented by a talent manager, not an agency.

To my knowledge a talent manager is unable to procure work and negotiate contracts in NY State. I recently made the decision to part ways with my manager but am currently working on a job that they negotiated. I was told that even with our contract ending they are still entitled to the commission for as long as I am with this particular show because I got it while under contract with them. Considering that it is illegal for talent managers to act as agents in NY and negotiate contracts without an agent or attorney, both of which I do not have, am I liable to continue paying commission after our contract term is up?

1 Lawyer Answer
Di Ma
Di Ma
  • Entertainment & Sports Law Lawyer
  • Albany, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Hi. Do you have a written agreement with your former talent manager that dictates the terms of the representation? If so, it may have language in there that addresses a breakup. Best of luck.

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