The Catch-22 Of The Management Game

The NY Times uses the recent lawsuit claiming that Entourage's Kevin Connolly dumped his management (after he found out HBO had picked up the show, naturally) to examine a larger problem in Hollywood: Working actors opportunistically kicking their managers curbward at the first blush of success.

Much of the problem...stems from a loophole in the Talent Agencies Act in California, which says that only a licensed agent can procure work for actors. An actor can cite the law to assert that a manager broke the law by getting them work, and thus quit the contract.

With this kind of soul-crushing Catch-22 built into their profession, we don't know how managers are expected to do their jobs. There's really only one solution: Hug a toaster and jump into the jacuzzi before the actor you "illegally" set up in a series-regular job on Everwood calls to dump you.