Talent Management Company Sues Emma Laird in Commissions Dispute
“Mayor of Kingstown” star Emma Laird is being sued by a talent management company for allegedly failing to pay commissions after her manager with the company left and formed his own firm.
Luber Roklin Entertainment Inc.’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against the British actress alleges breach of contract. The suit also seeks an accounting as well as a court declaration that the company is entitled to 10% of all gross revenue received by Laird from any of her entertainment industry employment from last November to 2021 to the present, as well as for projects entered into during the time of the parties’ agreement.
LRE also seeks unspecified damages. A representative for the 25-year-old Laird could not be immediately reached for comment on the suit brought Tuesday.
“This action arises from Laird’s unjustified failure and refusal to pay entertainment management commissions owed to LRE for LRE’s talent management services,” according to the suit.
When Laird signed with the company, she agreed to pay 10% of all gross earnings Laird received from entertainment projects entered into or substantially negotiated during the term LRE represented her, regardless of when she actually received such compensation, the suit states.
Laird was represented by LRE when she obtained her breakout role on the Paramount television series “Mayor of Kingstown,” the suit states.
“The series was an instant success and, unsurprisingly, Laird has benefited tremendously from it, both professionally and financially,” according to the suit.
Laird’s deal to perform in the series was “undeniably entered into during the term of LRE’s representation,” according to the suit.
“Mayor of Kingstown” is a crime-thriller television series created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon that also stars Jeremy Renner and Dianne Wiest. The show premiered last November and was renewed for a second season in February .
At the end of 2021, the LRE manager who was working with Laird resigned from the company and began his own talent management firm and allegedly asked that the actress pay commission fees directly to him, the suit states.
“Laird apparently obliged,” the suit states.
When LRE requested that Laird turn over all allegedly overdue commissions that she paid the former LRE manager and remit all future commissions to the company, she “ignored these requests, leaving LRE with no choice but to file this lawsuit,” the suit states.