No. S145428.

70 Cal.Rptr.3d 727 (2008)

42 Cal.4th 974

174 P.3d 741

MARATHON ENTERTAINMENT, INC., Plaintiff and Appellant, v. Rosa BLASI et al., Defendants and Respondents.

Supreme Court of California.

January 28, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Fox & Spillane, Gerard P. Fox, Alex M. Weingarten, Los Angeles; Law Offices of Donald V. Smiley, Donald V. Smiley, Los Angeles; and James Ellis Arden, Encino, for Plaintiff and Appellant.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Gerald A. Margolis and Benjamin G. Shatz, Los Angeles, for National Association of Artists' Managers as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

Law Offices of B. Paul Husband and B. Paul Husband, Universal City, for National Conference of Personal Managers, Inc., as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, Kent L. Richland, Barbara W. Ravitz, Los Angeles, and Tillman J. Breckenridge for Talent Managers Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, Dreier Stein & Kahan, Michael J. Plonsker and Daniel A. Fiore, Santa Monica, for Defendants and Respondents.

Rintala, Smoot, Jaenicke & Rees, William T. Rintala and Michael B. Garfinkel, Los Angeles, for Association of Talent Agents as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.

Duncan W. Crabtree-Ireland, Laura Beedy Ritchie, Danielle S. Van Lier, Los Angeles; Reich, Adell, Crost & Cvitan, Hirsch Adell, Laurence S. Zakson; Robert S. Giolito, Los Angeles; Rothner, Segall & Greenstone and Anthony R. Segall, Pasadena, for Screen Actors Guild, Inc., American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, Directors Guild of America, Inc., and Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.

Anne P. Stevason for the State Labor Commissioner as Amicus Curiae.


In Hollywood, talent—the actors, directors, and writers, the Jimmy Stewarts, Frank Capras, and Billy Wilders who enrich our daily cultural lives—is represented by two groups of people: agents and managers. Agents procure roles; they put artists on the screen, on the stage, behind the camera; indeed, by law, only they may do so. Managers coordinate everything else; they counsel and advise,...

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