Table of Contents

SAFE STARDOM

How to Protect Your Children on Their Road to Fame

CONTENTS

On the Cover of Safe Stardom 13
How to Use This Book 15
Foreword 17
Introduction 19
Part I: How Talent Agents, Talent Managers, and Entertainment Lawyers Shape the Careers of Hollywood Kid 21
Chapter 1: The Mother and Son Who Changed Hollywood 23
Chapter 2: The Legal and Practical Differences Between Talent Agents and Talent Managers 25
Chapter 3: The Different Types of Talent Agents 31
Chapter 4: Avoiding Scams: How To Identify Legitimate Talent Agents and Talent Managers 39
Chapter 5: How Talent Managers Jeopardize Their Commissions: Procurement Violations 45
Chapter 6: “Safe Harbor” Authorization and Request 49
Chapter 7: What a Talent Manager Won’t Do: Excluded Services 53
Chapter 8: Do You Need a Talent Agent, Talent Manager, or Both? 57
Chapter 9: What Entertainment Lawyers Do to Protect Children in Hollywood 61
Summary of Part I 69
Part II: What’s What in Hollywood-The Unspoken Rules 71
Chapter 10: If It’s Important, Get It in Writing 75
Chapter 11: Children Are Different 79
Chapter 12: Everything is Negotiable 81
Chapter 13: Informed Consent 85
Summary of Part II 88
Part III: Exercising Control As a Parent 89
Chapter 14: Craig and MeShiel’s Three-Year Contract 93
Chapter 15: The Duration of the Contract 95
Chapter 16: The Opt-Out Clause 99
Chapter 17: Power of Attorney 101
Chapter 18: The Importance of Choosing the Right State Law 103
Summary of Part III 107
Part IV: Follow The Money-Understanding Compensation 109
Chapter 19: Craig and MeShiel Pay a 15% Talent Management Commission 113
Chapter 20: Talent Agent’s and Talent Manager’s Commissions 115
Chapter 21: Key Deal Points in Television, Film and Commercial Contracts 121
Chapter 22: Your Hollywood Labor Unions 133
Chapter 23: What Do Actors Earn in Film, TV and Commercials? 137
Chapter 24: Health Insurance and Other Benefits 151
Chapter 25: Costs and Expenses 155
Chapter 26: Who Gets Paid First? 159
Chapter 27: Understanding Audit Rights 163
Summary of Part IV 166
Part V: Protecting Entertainment Children from Paparazzi and Predators 169
Chapter 28: Hollywood Children and the Paparazzi 173
Chapter 29: Protecting Your Family From Sexual Predators 181
Summary of Part V 188
Part VI: Getting Out of Entertainment Contracts 191
Chapter 30: Craig and MeShiel End Their Talent Management Contract 195
Chapter 31: Terminating Entertainment Contracts: The Basics 197
Chapter 32: Changing Representation: Talent Agents, Talent Managers, and Entertainment Attorneys 203
Chapter 33: A Child’s Right to Disaffirm (Cancel) a Contract 209
Chapter 34: Preventing Disaffirmance by Seeking Court Approval 215
Chapter 35: Insurance Against Disaffirmance: Seeking Parental Agreement 219
Summary of Part VI 222
Part VII: Dispute Resolution 227
Chapter 36: Craig Makes It Big and Sharyn Berg Sues 231
Chapter 37: Four Ways Entertainment Industry Disputes Are Resolved 233
Chapter 38: MeShiel and Craig are Forced to Arbitration 245
Chapter 39: MeShiel and Craig Go to Court 249
Chapter 40: MeShiel and Craig Appeal 251
Summary of Part VII 257
Epilogue 259
Acknowledgments 265
Notes 267
Index 269