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Hollywood & Crime – Talent Agency Sues Keshia Knight Pulliam For $350,000+ In Unpaid Commissions

Hollywood & Crime - Talent Agency Sues Keshia Knight Pulliam For $350,000+ In Unpaid Commissions

Haven’t done a Hollywood & Crime post in a little while. Here’s the first of 2012 :)

Keshia Knight Pulliam (remember cute little Rudy from the Cosby Show; she’s all grown up now) has been sued by her former talent agency (Green & Associates) for allegedly not paying them their agreed-upon 10% commission from all the work she did on Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne.

You know, I didn’t even realize she was on that show; then again, I don’t watch it.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, and THR got a copy of it. The agency claims they got the role for Pulliam during the time the represented her from 2007 to 2010 – a term that included her stint on House Of Payne.

She reportedly made between $7,500 and $20,000 per episode, and given that Perry’s shows shoot more episodes per season than a standard network series (up to 50 episodes per season), she would have collected a nice chunk of change there, and they want their 10% cut – or, as the filing claims, more than $100,000 in unpaid commissions, and $250,000 in future commissions.

Pulliam fired Green & Associates via email in July 2011, to join rival agency APA – so says the court filing – and they’ve since beeng trying to get Pulliam to pay up what she owes them, leading up to this lawsuit.

No response from the actress yet.

Let’s get ready to rumble…

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Those numbers are actually very believable. Folks get paid ridiculous money to act in these shows and remember, Keisha still has the "former Cosby kid" label to get that extra $$$ in her contract.


Question -do you really think she has worked that much to have amassed that amount of commission's owed. I think she is a real struggling actor, we see only the floss that she wants to get out there to make it look like she is in demand and working a lot but I have not seen her named attached to almost nothing. I am not saying this is right or wrong but asking is she that much in the actor workspace, S&A readers will known much better than I and inform me. Sad to hear cause it is reality of this industry!!

Adam Scott Thompson

That's what happens when you swap Obi-Wan Kenobi (Bill Cosby) for Emperor Palpacoon — er, Palpatine.


This is a common story. Actors like to convince themselves that they alone are responsible for booking their jobs, and try to cut their former representatives out of the money they're owed. People, you owe the agents who got*you the series regular role money for the life of the series or until you renegotiate; that doesn't change, no matter where you go from there. * I put the asterisk next to "got" because even if the role was a straight offer, your agents negotiated the terms of the deal (getting you more money, better position in the credits, &various other perks).

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