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Krekorian’s Consumer Protection Law Ensnares Two

Ever wonder what happens to state legislation after it’s enacted?

Councilmember Paul Krekorian, with child actors outside of Los Angeles City Hall | Photo by Hans Gutknecht / Los Angeles Daily News

Recently, a pair of talent management company operators found out after they were the first two to be charged with violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, which then-Assemblymember Paul Krekorian passed while in Sacramento.

David Askaryar, 46, and Ricardo Macias, 35, were arraigned this week after the city attorney’s office said they had stolen from, misrepresented and cheated customers. Their trial awaits.

The legislation bars talent talent representation services such as agents and managers from charging actors fees other than commissions and requires other talent services to comply with various consumer protection regulations.

North Hollywood Patch reporter Susan Hampar has the story:

Back in late 2008, members of the Screen Actors Guild and other agencies, including BizParentz.org, an organization which helps parents navigate getting their children to fame, went to Sacramento to express concern about dealing with talent management companies who were taking advantage of them.

Anne Henry, founder of BizParents.org, said they are thrilled to see enforcement of the Krekorian Act.

“The allegations involved are prime examples of the exploitation that is being presented to consumers as a viable way into the entertainment industry,” Henry said.

Before Assembly Bill 1319 was passed, prosecutors had no legal mechanism to prosecute agencies who were exploiting kids and their families who were trying to get into the entertainment industry. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 and Councilmember Krekorian, who used to be in the State Assembly, is the author of the legislation.

“For years, prosecutors lacked the necessary tools to go after fake talent agencies whose only goal was to rip off the public,” Krekorian said. “Now, thanks to my legislation and the diligent work of the city attorney’s office, we have the power to give parents and kids a valuable sense of security as they chase their dreams.”

Read the rest here.

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January 28, 2011 - Posted by | Filming | , , , ,

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