In a 16-page civil complaint filed in LA Superior Court yesterday, the talent agency says its former client owes it more than $370,000 in past commissions from the hit MTV reality series. And ICM says Paul DelVecchio, his real name, also owes it more than $200,000 from the upcoming season of Jersey Shore. The suit says that it’s “standard custom and practice” for talent agencies to receive “post-termination commissions on all deals they negotiate for their client.” Pauly D left ICM on May 5, 2011, after less than a year. DelVecchio is now represented by WME which negotiated his current Pauly D Project spin-off series. It debuted on MTV on March 29, 2012.
Bryan Freedman and Brian Turnauer of Freeman & Taitelman LLP are representing ICM.
Saying that “no good deed goes unpunished,” the document details how ICM stepped in July 2010 and secured a decent chunk of change for Pauly. Jersey Shore debuted on December 3, 2009, and he was hot after the drinkin’ and tannin’ series became a hit. ICM says its efforts provided the 31-year old DJ with $100,000 an episode for the 12-episodes of season four plus a $200,000 “thank you” bonus.
Pauly D’s pay went up in season five of Jersey Shore, with MTV giving him a $400,000 signing bonus and $150,000 an episode. On March 19, 2012, four days after season five ended, MTV announced a forthcoming sixth season of Jersey Shore. According to ICM’s lawsuit DelVecchio’s going to get $175,000 an episode that season for 12 shows. ICM claims that, because of the lucrative deals it got him, DelVecchio needs to hand over $370,703.73 for seasons four and five of Jersey Shore. The agency also claims he owes it “a minimum of $210,000” from what he’s expected to earn in a forthcoming Season 6 plus 10% of any merchandising and other revenue streams from that season of the show and his loan-out company Blowout Enterprises.
“We are surprised by ICM’s contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor,” Pauly D’s lawyer, Hilary Hughes of NYC firm Garvey Shubert Barer, said in a statement after the suit was filed. “ICM was paid for its services. It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency.”