12:44pm PT by Eriq Gardner
WME Sues CNBC Anchor Over Six-Figure Commissions
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against CNBC anchor Amanda Drury over commissions.
The talent agency says it represented Drury in her negotiations with CNBC that took place between October 2009 and April 2010 and culminated in a lucrative four-year agreement. The Australian journalist now is a co-anchor on the network's Street Signs.
In a complaint filed Thursday in New York state court, WME says it is entitled to 10 percent of Drury's gross compensation from the deal. The agency says Drury thanked it for a job "well done" but then "abruptly" terminated WME in December 2010.
Since that time, Drury allegedly has refused to pay any commissions and refused to acknowledge any obligations. The lawsuit doesn't indicate exactly what is owed, but says damages are at least $150,000.
Drury also is a contributor on NBC's Today.
"Ms. Drury terminated William Morris Endeavor nearly two years ago as a result of its failure to perform even the most basic services that any agency offers to its clients," said John Rosenberg at Rosenberg & Giger, who represents Drury. "WME's lawsuit is a desperate effort to extract an unwarranted payment from Ms. Drury, who is fully confident that she will prevail in the court proceedings."
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