California Talent Agents

California Talent Agents are governed by the Talent Agency Act which is found in the California Labor Code.  California Talent Agents must follow the provisions of the Talent Agency Act in their dealings with their clients.  The purpose of the Talent Agency Act is protect the “Artists” who are the clients of California Talent Agents.

The Talent Agency Act defines “Artists” as “actors and actresses rendering services on the legitimate stage and the production of motion pictures, radio artists, musical artists, musical organizations, directors of legitimate stage, motion picture and radio productions, musical directors, writers, cinematographers, composers, lyricists, arrangers, models, and other artists and persons rendering professional services in motion picture, theatrical, radio, television and other entertainment enterprises.”

The Talent Agency Act defines a “talent agency” as “a person or corporation who engages in the occupation of procuring, offering, promising, or attempting to procure employment for an artist or artists, except that the activities of procuring, offering, or promising to procure recording contracts for an artist or artists shall not of itself subject a person or corporation to regulation and licensing under this chapter.  Talent agencies may, in addition, counsel or direct artists in the development of their professional careers.”

The Talent Agency Act provides that “No person shall engage in or carry on the occupation of a talent agency without first procuring a license. . .from the Labor Commissioner.”

The fact that California Talent Agents have to be licensed and that California Talent Agents are regulated by the California Labor Commissioner provides protections to Artists especially in regard with the forwarding of payments due to Artists from employers which generally go to the Artist’s California Talent Agent first so that the California Talent Agent can deduct the California Talent Agent’s commission.

If you have any questions about California Talent Agents or the Talent Agency Act, feel free to contact experienced entertainment attorney Richard Freiman at 818-378-3530 or via the form on the right.