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UK — Upfront modelling agency fees to be banned

13 November 2009

New rules are to be introduced to crack down on the ugly face of the modelling and entertainment industry. From October 2010, staffing agencies in the entertainment and modelling sectors will no longer be allowed to charge people upfront fees for their services, the government says in a statement.

To prevent entertainment and modelling agencies from exploiting people by charging them large amounts of money with little or no chance of securing castings or work, new rules will ban agencies from taking upfront fees from models, background artists, extras and walk-ons.

Business Minister Pat McFadden said "unfortunately there are some rogue agencies that prey on models and entertainers who have stars in their eyes. Last year we introduced a cooling off period for upfront fees, but we are still receiving some reports that people are being exploited."

"So now we are going even further by banning them outright. This will tackle the unscrupulous agents that represent the less appealing face of the modelling and entertainment industry."



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