A legitimate talent agent is always considered “SAG Franchised”, meaning they are licensed and registered with the main actor’s union, The Screen Actors Guild.
If they are not listed with SAG, you have to be cautions and I would actually recommend you staying away because the only sure way you will get the full priveleges of working for the entertainment industry is if the Union backs you up.
Always ask an agent if they are SAG franchised before dealing with them. Remember that they will get 10% commission off the jobs they book you and they NEVER charge you upfront fees.
Below are some of the biggest firms that represent the biggest artists in Hollywood.
Website: The Firm
The Firm have separate divisions for TV and film production, brand management, apparel licensing, beverages, video games and recording. Its music clients have included Kelly Clarkson, Korn, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Dixie Chicks, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Audioslave and Limp Bizkit.
Founded in 1997 by Jeff Kwatinetz and partner Michael Green (who have both since left the company), The Firm also has divisions devoted to beverages, recording, animation, concerts, and TV and film production. In 2002 it purchased Michael Ovitz’s failed Artist Management Group for a reported $12.7 millionrepresenting artists like Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Robert De Niro, has flourished.
9. CKX / MBST Entertainment
Website: CKX / MBST Entertainment
CKX has acquired MBST Entertainment. MBST represents Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Woody Allen. They also have an advisory relationship with Apple Corps, the holding corporation for the Beatles.
They also produce movies like Arthur, Good Morning Vietnam, Throw Momma From the Train, and The Vanishing.
8. The Collective
Website: The Collective
The Collective manages musicians, film & television actors, screenwriters, comedians, and songwriters. They also develop media properties that extend the brand of their artists, they market talent, develop and distribute contents on different channels like traditional and new media. They are also involved in music publishing, finance, and sponsorship. With a roster of more than 100 artists,
7. Paradigm Agency
Website: Paradigm Agency
Paradigm has established itself as a leading entertainment talent agency, guiding the careers of an elite roster of actors, musical artists, directors, writers and producers. Led by chairman Sam Gores, the agency has carved out a distinctive niche in the entertainment landscape and earned a reputation for putting artists’ interests above all else.
6. Gersh Agency
Website: Gersh Agency
Gersh was established in 1949 by Founder Phil Gersh. With 125 employees, 60 agents and offices in Beverly Hills and New York, TGA maintains seven full-service departments: Talent, Feature Literary, TV Literary, Theater, Comedy, Below-the-Line, and a modeling agency.
TGA has a long and well deserved reputation for spotting talent and developing major careers. Whether enabling Tobey Maguire to star in the Spider-Man franchise, discovering then unknown Hayden Christensen for the role of young Darth Vader in the second Star Wars trilogy or breaking ground for its unprecedented re-negotiations for “Friends”, TGA has always embraced the philosophy that talent is truly king.
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