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Justin Hurwitz sues his former agency William Morris Endeavor

La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz is filing a lawsuit against his former agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME), alleging he was cheated out of profits.

Hurwitz, 36, composed the score for La La Land, winning an Oscar for the Original Score and another for Original Song for City of Stars, which he shared with lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The musician alleges that WME had a ‘conflict of interest’ in producing a series of live performances while still acting as his agent, according to Variety.  

Lawsuit: La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz is filing a lawsuit against his former agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME), alleging he was cheated out of profits

Lawsuit: La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz is filing a lawsuit against his former agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME), alleging he was cheated out of profits

Lawsuit: La La Land composer Justin Hurwitz is filing a lawsuit against his former agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME), alleging he was cheated out of profits

Conflict of interest: The musician alleges that WME had a 'conflict of interest' in producing a series of live performances while still acting as his agent, according to Variety

Conflict of interest: The musician alleges that WME had a 'conflict of interest' in producing a series of live performances while still acting as his agent, according to Variety

Conflict of interest: The musician alleges that WME had a ‘conflict of interest’ in producing a series of live performances while still acting as his agent, according to Variety 

The lawsuit alleges that WME suggested that Hurwitz create a live show where an orchestra would perform songs from La La Land in front of a film screen.

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La La Land distributor Lionsgate agreed to license the show to Columbia Artists Management for five major cities, and to WME for other performances around the world.

For the Columbia Artists Management shows, Hurwitz was to be paid $50,000 per show, but those shows were canceled after just two performances.

Songs: The lawsuit alleges that WME suggested that Hurwitz create a live show where an orchestra would perform songs from La La Land in front of a film screen

Songs: The lawsuit alleges that WME suggested that Hurwitz create a live show where an orchestra would perform songs from La La Land in front of a film screen

Songs: The lawsuit alleges that WME suggested that Hurwitz create a live show where an orchestra would perform songs from La La Land in front of a film screen

Canceled: For the Columbia Artists Management shows, Hurwitz was to be paid $50,000 per show, but those shows were canceled after just two performances

Canceled: For the Columbia Artists Management shows, Hurwitz was to be paid $50,000 per show, but those shows were canceled after just two performances

Canceled: For the Columbia Artists Management shows, Hurwitz was to be paid $50,000 per show, but those shows were canceled after just two performances

As for the WME shows, Hurwitz was only supposed to receive compensation if he appeared as the composer, but there were 23 shows Hurwitz could not appear at due to other commitments.

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After lengthy negotiations, Hurwitz reportedly received between $3,000 and $5,000 for each performance.

Hurwitz also alleges that he ‘repeatedly’ asked to conduct the performances but WME denied his requests in favor of local composers who would be paid much less.

Compensation: As for the WME shows, Hurwitz was only supposed to receive compensation if he appeared as the composer, but there were 23 shows Hurwitz could not appear at due to other commitments

Compensation: As for the WME shows, Hurwitz was only supposed to receive compensation if he appeared as the composer, but there were 23 shows Hurwitz could not appear at due to other commitments

Compensation: As for the WME shows, Hurwitz was only supposed to receive compensation if he appeared as the composer, but there were 23 shows Hurwitz could not appear at due to other commitments

The lawsuit alleges that WME made upwards of $30,000 on each performance, and that Hurwitz never agreed for WME to take a profit participation.

Hurwitz also says in the lawsuit that he confronted WME CEO Ari Emmanuel about the situation in February 2021, though Emmanuel denied the agency had done wrong.

Further, Emmanuel added that Hurwitz would never get a better deal than his current deal, and then canceled a follow-up call on the matter and said that Hurwitz would no longer work with any of his companies.

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Lawsuit: The lawsuit alleges that WME made upwards of $30,000 on each performance, and that Hurwitz never agreed for WME to take a profit participation

Lawsuit: The lawsuit alleges that WME made upwards of $30,000 on each performance, and that Hurwitz never agreed for WME to take a profit participation

Lawsuit: The lawsuit alleges that WME made upwards of $30,000 on each performance, and that Hurwitz never agreed for WME to take a profit participation

The lawsuit alleges that WME transferred the live shows, La La Land In Concert, to Endeavor Content, and engaging in ‘secret deals’ to ‘squeeze extra profit out of its client.’ 

WME said in a statement Monday, ‘These claims are without merit and WME intends to vigorously defend itself.’

Hurwitz is now represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Secret deals: The lawsuit alleges that WME transferred the live shows, La La Land In Concert, to Endeavor Content, and engaging in 'secret deals' to 'squeeze extra profit out of its client'

Secret deals: The lawsuit alleges that WME transferred the live shows, La La Land In Concert, to Endeavor Content, and engaging in 'secret deals' to 'squeeze extra profit out of its client'

Secret deals: The lawsuit alleges that WME transferred the live shows, La La Land In Concert, to Endeavor Content, and engaging in ‘secret deals’ to ‘squeeze extra profit out of its client’

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