LOS ANGELES — Talent agencies in the adult industry have begun complying with new California Labor Commission requirements requiring them to “provide educational materials on sexual harassment prevention and eating disorders to performers who work with them.”
This requirement, also known as California Assembly Bill AB-2338, applies to all talent agencies operating in California, both mainstream and adult.
“I emailed all the materials to all the girls asking that they reply in the affirmative that they’ve received it and that they understood it,” prominent talent agent Mark Spiegler told XBIZ. “I also sent them the law, and they have to confirm that they’ve read it and understood.”
The Spiegler Girls founder approves of the Labor Commission’s new rule, stating that “it may have the outcome of having a few more talent come forward in the future [about those issues], especially if they involve an agent, or director, producers or other personnel. It might encourage people to do something about it.”
“I was thrilled to see the AB-2338 package show up in my inbox from Spiegler,” agency client Casey Calvert — a top performer, producer and, as of recently, director — told XBIZ. “I think it’s fantastic that the bill passed and that there will be some additional regulation on talent agencies in all facets of entertainment. I hope other adult agencies take this as seriously as Mark is, and maybe this will lead to some positive change.”
Calvert’s agent agreed. “We are legitimate talent agencies, same as CAA or WME, and we have the same licenses and we have to follow the same regulations,” said Spiegler.
Back in May, Free Speech Coalition (FSC)’s Executive Director Eric Paul Leue emphasized that “talent agencies in our industry should be vigilant about providing these materials to their current roster and any new clients.”
“Given the highly specialized nature of the work, it’s important that we educate performers about their rights, and provide them support for any issues they may face on set,” added the industry trade group’s exec.
Read the complete California Labor Commission materials on Sexual Harassment and Eating Disorders on .pdf below.