Lisa Kudrow’s Ex-Manager Awarded $1.6 Million in Case Over Residuals

Lisa Kudrow
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Friends” star Lisa Kudrow has lost a case filed by her ex-manager Scott Howard who claimed he was owed residuals from the blockbuster hit series and other projects.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury in the civil case awarded Howard $1.6 million.

Kudrow claimed that she was under no obligation to pay him commission after they ended their professional relationship in 2007. Howard sued, contending that he was still entitled to earnings from “Friends” because they’d agreed he would collect commissions from the series.

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  1. Unfortunately the extent of the contract royalties determine the length of the sharing of revenue. Thats the agreement wording in most cases. In the case of work done after the contract that work is off limits. To all managers out there its time to make sure your agreement clearly states the future payments if royalties are involved because clients quickly forget once they get the check that they owe you.

  2. Congratulations to personal manager Scott Howard for standing up for his right to get paid for his services. The National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) has established and maintained an industry standard that personal managers are entitled to compensation based on ALL revenue received as a result of ALL contracts and engagements entered into by an artist during the term of the personal management agreement and any extensions, renewals or substitutions of such contracts and engagements or any other post termination compensation due. In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, NCOPM is currently challenging the constitutionality of the California Talent Agencies Act, which has been used for decades by artists to avoid compensating their managers. For more information on the lawsuit, visit http://www.StopTAA.org.

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