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02-10-2012
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Does all the lawsuits actually lead to anything $$$$? We just hear who sues who... but never actually get the judgements, such a pity.

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Does all the lawsuits actually lead to anything $$$$? We just hear who sues who... but never actually get the judgements, such a pity.

US courts always push at maximum to find agreement, even very far in the procedur.
so no, most case court, never reach a judgement, but in almost all cases at a moment in the procedur an agreement is found, agreement wich usually includes that none of the parties communicate the details.

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Another lawsuit... Ford vs Women NY

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Ford Models files $4M anti-poaching lawsuit

Hands off our models!

Ford Models has filed a $4 million anti-poaching lawsuit against competitor Men Women NY Model Management, alleging the brazen theft of two of its top models.

"Women," as the agency is commonly known, knew full well that cat walkers Alana Zimmer and Karolina Waz were contractually bound to Ford when it lured them to jump ship, the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit alleges.

Where will the poaching end, Ford's suit complains.

"Women has thus shown that it acts brazenly, going after models whose careers have been cultivated by Ford," the lawsuit reads.

Women's "pattern of harm" in swiping Zimmer and Waz "carries the continued threat of more misconduct," Ford frets.

"There are, upon information and belief, other models whom Women is seeking to seize from Ford," the suit alleges.

Adding insult to alleged injury, Ford claims it only found out about its two poached pretties by reading about it in press accounts -- and Women's own tweets.

The suit seeks $2 million in damages from Women, and $1 million each from Zimmer and Waz.

Zimmer has appeared in Harper's, Vogue, and other magazines, and has stalked runways for dozens of top labels. The comely Canadian was in the midst of a three-year exclusive U.S. contract with Ford when she signed with Women, the suit alleges.

We made her, Ford brags.

"Ford's determined efforts are responsible for moving her to the brink of superstardom," their suit says.

Waz -- a pretty Pole who the suit said has walked high end Fashion Week runways in the US and Europe -- was still bound by a three-year exclusive management contract with Ford covering all her work in the U.S. and Canada, the suit alleges.

Attorneys for Women and Ford could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a bit of vice-versa irony, Women sued Ford for poaching two years ago.

Ford had obtained confidential information about Women's personnel and finances in 2007, as part of Ford's ultimately failed 2008 bid to purchase Women.

Women's Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit alleged that Ford used that confidential information in poaching its top execs and trying to poach its models; the bulk of the suit was dismissed in August, 2011, the remainder of the suit was later settled privately.
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Oh Geez!! Here we go again. So I wonder about Crystal Renn. I know she has been at Ford longer than the former two, but since she also just left for Women recently, I hope they are not back in Court.

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wasn't Alana MADE from Supreme? THEN she followed Paul Rowland to Ford and now she wants to go to Women. why is Ford making such a big fuss? Women kinda 'owned' her first if you know what i mean

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There is an article by TI which talks about Paris agencies moving over to NY (emphasis mine on some key points). This could definitely be the next big shakeup, if Elite Paris' new branch seek out both experienced NY bookers and models who they managed in Europe -- many of whom are with Ford NY.

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There is one clear consequence of that cliff-hanger of a euro-crisis rumbling through the Paris agency scene, right this minute and the rumbles now reverberate all the way to New York. As model rates plunge through-out Europe, several Paris-based agencies have been rethinking their operations and re-positioning their ships to head straight for the big bounty markets of Manhattan. A New York office has longed seemed the apex of the industry’s financial windfall but now it might well be a vital means to survival, globally. New York has always been a deep market, with everything from power bookings at Vogue through to a glut of catalog and e-commerce gigs, which while not massive in terms of rates, acquires value through the theory of the volume booking.

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In Paris, the constant hiss was that a lot of new players have already been docked in place. Of course there’s the long rumored out-post of Elite Paris, allegedly to be titled “Societe” said to be on the brink of activation. If that is the case, will staffing Societe mean cannibalizing the employees (and board) of a pre-existing big ship? And furthermore, will the strategy on hand be to shift every girl with an Elite Paris base around the axis of Societe? As such it would represent a huge realignment of the NY agency scene, even as smaller players like Silent Paris are also rumored to be repositioning itself into New York after the recents conflicts with its earlier off-shoot, Silent New York.

If there were but two new variables out of Paris that would indeed be a hiss, but when word surfaces that two more entities are shopping for New York offices, then what you have is a roar. If not for money, then also much of this new market thrust is for control. For years the inability to define the booking path of models placed in New York has irked many a Paris agency. There has always been the phenomena of girls absconding to New York (and fleeing those high French tax rates) and becoming unavailable for those lesser money bookings in Europe, all the time lowering the revenue flow. One Paris agency owner, under the security of anonymity, divulged that a New York presence was essential for his business but that moving across the New York chess-board is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. "Do I need a New York office? Absolutely. The European market is going down. Only in the US (except for the Kate Mosses of the world), you can get the same prices as before. But then I think it's hard to compete with long lasting experienced NY agents, if you don’t know well the key players", disclosed our agency maven. And that means that an experienced New York agent, with a legacy of connections, contacts and alliance, has more value than ever before. Given the scarcity of the population that is.

As such, all the big ships have battened down the hatches in an effort to lock up their blue chip girls even as they lock down the power bookers. It effectively guards against an interloper trying to create that fast forward management company. Purchase a raft of campaign stars, add marquee booker to the formula import a client list from the competition , et voila! The Instant Agency.
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just heard that one of the bookers or directors at Marilyn has left to another new agency (supposed to be an important booker). Wondering if anyone knows about this and if any models will follow? Also this booker has been replaced by the former booker of Ford that was originally at Next and brought Anna J. to the agency. Wonder if that agent has any models to supply Marilyn with or that will follow them?

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Yes the head of scouting who had been there quite a while left about 3 weeks ago. No news where he went. Some say Societe, the new Elite Paris new york office. Will be interesting to see what girls will be moving.

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Do some agencies give models work they have to do for free like is all editorial work that comes through a modelling agency basically done for free?

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there's a lot of thing models have to do for free...

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^ depends on the magazines but 95% of it is unpaid.

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^ depends on the magazines but 95% of it is unpaid.
Thanks for your reply. So that is a high percentage and I am guessing that 5% is going to be very little money. This also includes magazines such as Vogue?

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Well, that depends on the market, but paper magazines normally pay an editorial fee that is usually equal to around 120-180 units in national currency gross. Conde Nast always pays. If you give some details about the market we're talking about, you might be able to get more precise answers

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The Lions website is finally up and running!

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28-11-2012
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The Lions in New York
I found out that the new agency that just opened called "The Lions" is owned by model Madisyn Ritland with her mother agent Marianne Tamposi. David Kim and Carl Navarro are booking there.

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