Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Talent managers in California have traditionally faced severe penalties under the Talent Agencies Act (TAA) for simple acts of procuring employment for their artist-clients. Commentators, interest groups, and justices have pointed out these flaws and proposed alternative remedies to provide managers with some equity when violating the statute. These advocates have argued for an adoption of the incidental booking exception that is present in New York's employment agency statutes. However, this proposal and other proposed alternatives actually undercut the policy that the Talent Agencies Act seeks to protect. This note will compare California's TAA and New York's employment agency laws, and argue that the TAA is a preferable arrangement for both managers and artists.