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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

chris pine lawsuit

chris pine lawsuit



Chris Pine may need Scotty's help to get out of this mess. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor is being sued by his former talent agency, which says it was denied millions of dollars in commission.
The lawsuit, brought forth by SDB Partners, states that the agency helped Pine secure roles in "Star Trek," its subsequent sequel, the upcoming action flick "This Means War," a planned reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, and a whole host of other projects.



Pine allegedly stopped paying SDB the standard 10 percent commission after he dropped them.The suit also includes the alleged salaries Pine received on each of his projects.

For "Star Trek 2," his deal gives him $1.5 million plus up to $500,000 in backend compensation, and $3 million plus the $500,000 in backend if a third "Star Trek" happens.

Pine was paid $3 million for "Unstoppable" and $5 million for "This Means War." Then on the planned Jack Ryan feature, the actor's deal was $4 million for the first flick, $8 million for the second and $12 million for a third.

SDB is looking for commission on all of them.If the lawsuit weren't bad enough for Pine, the THR story also discusses the way in which the "Star Trek" actor went about dispensing his former agency via email -- which is a bit ironic considering that Chris stayed put with SDB even after "Star Trek" came out, stating that, "I'm a firm believer in loyalty.

At the end of the day, this is a business, and you are a business, and I have felt in my career it has served me to stay with the people who started with me because I believe they're as passionate and as dedicated as they've ever been."Pine left SBD in November of 2011.You can read more about the lawsuit over on
Actor Chris Pine is the target of a lawsuit filed today by his former agency, the boutique firm SDB, alleging the 31-year-old actor violated his contract when he left the agency last year, The Wrap reports. SDB is aiming hard for Pine's wallet, claiming that it is owed "commissions on millions of dollars that Pine has already earned" and "also the millions of dollars that Pine will continue to earn as a result of SDB's prior hard work and dedication to Pine's career." The lawsuit goes on to enumerate Pine's paydays from several high-profile projects, including 2009's Star Trek ($1.5 million), 2010's Unstoppable ($3 million), and This Means War ($5 million!), which opens this week, along with the percentages it's hoping to exact from them.

But it's not just about the money. The agency still stings from the fact that Pine apparently severed the relationship over email, and "did not even have the courtesy of picking up the telephone to tell SDB that he was ending their relationship of nine years." Given the tenor of the lawsuit's language, one can only assume SDB's initials stand for "So Damn Bitter."
Chris Pine has been sued by his former talent agency, which claims it represented the This Means War and Star Trek actor for nine years but was dropped abruptly via email in November and is being denied millions of dollars in commissions.
SDB Partners, a boutique agency based in Century City, filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the actor, whose War is debuting in theaters today for sneak previews in advance of its official opening on Friday. The suit, a copy of which has been obtained by THR, is a doozy, containing detailed allegations about the fees Pine earned on a number of high-profile movies, including War and the upcoming Star Trek sequel.According to the lawsuit, SDB agreed to represent the actor in 2002 when he had no experience and "nobody was willing to touch Pine," and the agency then helped him land film parts that led to the coveted Captain Kirk role in the Star Trek reboot and Paramount's planned reimagining of the Jack Ryan franchise. Pine allegedly has stopped paying the standard 10 percent commission on Trek and other projects and has not responded to a request by the agency to acknowledge his financial obligations.
"Through this lawsuit, SDB seeks to not only recover its commissions on millions of dollars that Pine has already earned, but also the millions of dollars that Pine will continue to earn as a result of SDB's prior hard work and dedication to Pine's career," the lawsuit states.
We've reached out to Pine manager John Carrabino for comment and will update when he responds.Movie stars leave small agencies all the time, but it was something of a surprise when Pine departed SDB in November after a nine-year stint. After all, he'd been courted for years by every top agency and had chose to stick it out with the boutique, which guided his career with Carrabino. In fact, after Trek became a big hit in 2009 and critics praised Pine's star-making performance, the actor said, according to the complaint:
"I'm a firm believer in loyalty. At the end of the day, this is a business, and you are a business, and I have felt in my career it has served me to stay with the people who started with me because I believe they're as passionate and as dedicated as they've ever been."
Nonetheless, SDB alleges, "on November 11, 2011, Pine discharged SDB by email [full email is included in the complaint and reproduced below]. Pine did not ever have the courtesy of picking up the telephone to tell SDB that he was ending their relationship of nine years."
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The suit goes on to list details of Pine's alleged compensation on projects the agency helped him land. From the complaint:
Pine's Trek deal gives Paramount an option on him for three films. His pay for the first Trek isn't listed but the deal allegedly gives him $1.5 million plus up to $500,000 in backend compensation for the second film (which is currently in pre-production) and $3 million plus the $500,000 in backend for a third film, if it happens. He also gets 5 percent of net merchadising revenue from the exploitation of his name and likeness. (The complaint doesn't address whether this or other deals might have been renegotiated up, as is common when movies become big hits.)
Pine allegedly was paid a $3 million up front fee for starring opposite Denzel Washington in 2010's action thriller Unstoppable.
Pine's deal with Paramount for the Jack Ryan franchise (based on the Tom Clancy books) also locked him in for three movies -- but with a big raise from Star Trek. According to the complaint, the the deal would pay him $4 million for the first film, $8 million for the second and $12 million for a third, plus backend. That project is still in development.
Pine allegedly was paid $5 million to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy in This Means War, plus up to $1 million in deferred compensation based on box office. The agency claims Pine allegedly has paid partial commissions on that fee but still owes $107,560.12.
Pine allegedly is making $750,000 up front to star in the small-budget DreamWorks movie Welcome to People, plus up to $4.25 million in bonuses if it does well. Pine allegedly hasn't paid any commissions on that movie.
The complaint then lists about 25 projects that SDB claims are "commissionable," meaning they were generated for Pine while he was represented by the agency.
The suit, filed by attorneys Bryan Freedman and Jesse Kaplan of L.A.'s Freedman & Taitelman, alleges causes of action for breach of implied contract, declaratory relief and accounting. Exact damages aren't specified.
Here's Pine's full email dismissing his agents, as quoted in the lawsuit:
After much thought and consideration, I have decided that it is best for me to leave. I hope that you will understand that this decision was very difficult for me to make because I owe much of the success in my career to all of you. At our last group meeting I explained that I was frustrated and needed more than what I was getting from the agency. I thought that with some time, perhaps, my feelings might change but unfortunately they have not. Please know that I recognize what great advocates you have been for me and that you have invested your time and energy into building my career. None of this do I take lightly or for granted. That is why this has been so agonizing for me. I hope that you can respect my decision and accept it as final.

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