American Idol Winner Wants Out from Contract with Show’s Producer
Claims Producer Acted as a ‘Talent Agency’
American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, arguing that 19 Entertainment, Inc. (the producer of the hit talent show) unlawfully acted as a “talent agency” in contravention of the California Talent Agencies Act (CTAA).
Under the CTAA, only licensed talent agencies may procure jobs — such as media appearances — for its clients, a restriction that 19 Entertainment allegedly flouted when it engaged Phillips for — or, according to Phillips, in many instances forced him to accept — a number of high-profile media appearances, including those on The Tonight Show and The Today Show. According to the petition, American Idol contestants must enter into a number of agreements with 19 Entertainment to appear on the program, including a recording agreement, a management agreement, and a merchandising agreement.
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