Hollywood Personal Manager

A Hollywood Personal Manager is not Talent Agents as defined by the California Talent Agency Act and since they are not Talent Agents, they are not legally able to  get jobs for their clients with a certain exception for the recording contracts.  The chief function of a Hollywood Personal Manager is to provide guidance to their clients, known as Artists, in their careers in the entertainment industry.

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.

As provided in the Talent Agency Act as stated above, as Hollywood Personal Managers are not licensed Talent Agents, they cannot get jobs for the Artists they represent, except, generally,  if the Hollywood Personal Manger is seeking a recording contract for an Artist the Hollywood Personal Manager represents.

The agreement an Artist signs with a Hollywood Personal Manager generally provides that the Hollywood Personal Manager will use all reasonable efforts to further the Artist’s professional career in the entertainment industry and to advise the Artist in all matters concerning the Artist’s career in the entertainment industry.  The agreement will generally also state that the Hollywood Personal Manager will not seek employment for the Artist.

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