Chris Pine Settles Lawsuit With Former Agents Over Commissions
Boutique agency SDB Partners sued after saying it had taken "Pine from a novice actor to an internationally known movie star who could command a six-figure payday" only to be dropped.
Chris Pine has settled a lawsuit brought by his former talent agency over allegedly owed commissions.
The actor dropped SDB Partners as his agency in November after nine years of representation. Three months later, the agency sued, saying it had agreed to represent him in 2002 when "nobody was willing to touch Pine," helped guide him into a plum role of Captain Kirk role in the Star Trek reboot, before Pine allegedly stopped paying his 10 percent commission on Trek and other projects.
The lawsuit also revealed that Pine was to be paid $1.5 million plus up to $500,000 in backend compensation for a second Trek film and possibly $3 million plus $500,000 in backend for a third film. Pine's other deals included $3 million for Unstoppable, $5 million for This Is War, and $16 million, plus backend, for three films in Paramount's reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise.
In total, SDB claimed 25 projects that were "commissionable," and the lawsuit, filed by Bryan Freedman and Jesse Kaplan of L.A.'s Freedman & Taitelman, also sought "millions of dollars that Pine will continue to earn as a result of SDB's prior hard work and dedication to Pine's career."
Earlier this week, the parties filed notice of a settlement in Los Angeles Superior Court. Terms of the deal are not known. Reps for the parties weren't immediately available for comment.
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