ED Magedson – Founder
Advance LA West Hollywood, CA7904 Santa Monica Boulevard Suite 200 Los Angeles, California United States of America
ADVANCE L.A. is a big scam agency run by CEO Vance Peyton Miller, who is known for not paying his actors - on a large scale. We're talking volumes of actors who never got paid -- this is in fact how he pays his rent. I recently did a couple commercials for Vance and company, who did not even file the invoices to the production companies to get my money (and theirs). When I prodded them to do so, they withheld my payment - as much as $3500 in some cases - a violation of the labor code. I since filed a petition at the Labor Commissioner's office, called, "Petition to Determine Controversy," which is a specific area in the CA labor code, pertaining to talent agency and talent conflicts. I won the petition to get my money, and now have to appear in court to get a public hearing, to finalize the results. This involved hiring a lawyer. While I am fighting for justice, this process has been lengthy, and not worth getting involved with Advance L.A. in the first place. I don't know why the State of California does not do anything about shutting them down, but my next step is to get a court order to further collect my money which is now really not worth it financially for me but I'm doing it to get justice. Advance L.A. is not registered with the Labor Commissioner, but yet is allowed to continue to do business. I urge anyone else who has had a similar experience to write to the Labor Commissioner in San Fran, and urge her, and the Governor, to ban such illicit talent agents. Right now, the only way to fight these injustices is through individual court cases. But if there are enough actors to come forward, the state will have no choice but to take action on the behalf of the many hard working actors, union or non-union, who continue to be taken advantage of. Watch your back!
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