Actress Kyla Pratt is countersuing her former agency, which originally sued the actress for refusing to pay her commissions for a role the agency helped her secure.
It turns out that Industry Entertainment Partners (IEP) never had a license to do business as an entertainment agency, Radar reported.
In her lawsuit against IEP Pratt accuses the company of not being a legitimate talent agency under California’s requirement to qualify as one.
Entities engaged in the business of employing actors or other entertainers in California, Florida, and New Jersey must hold a talent agency license before offering their services, according to Harbor Compliance.
While Pratt acknowledges that IEP helped place her on Fox’s series “Call Me Kat” in 2018, she says that after the first season aired in 2021 she dropped IEP. The agency took 10 percent of her earnings, she claims.
But according to IEP, Pratt failed to pay the agency commissions.
“Pratt has performed in ‘Call Me Kat’ and related projects. However, despite the parties’ agreement Pratt has refused to pay all the amounts she owed to [Industry Entertainment Partners],” the lawsuit from IEP reads. The suit was filed in November 2022.
IEP alleges Pratt breached her contract with them in a lawsuit submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the suit, Pratt and IEP made a verbal personal management agreement and then one in writing in August 2018 for the actress to pay commissions for her earnings on “Call Me Kat” and “‘projects related thereto,” The Daily Mail reported.
Pratt, on the other hand, feels the agency should have gotten nothing and is pursuing the company to pay back all the commissions she paid.
In her countersuit, Radar reported that Pratt is seeking an “award of restitution and disgorgement of profits from IEP’s unfair competition,” and she wants the “court to rule she doesn’t owe IEP another dime.”
Pratt, whose net worth is estimated to be $3 million, played a supportive character named Randi on “Call Me Kat.” Kat is played by former star of “The Big Bang Theory” Mayim Bialik.
Currently, the show has suspended its production following the death of a cast member, the late Leslie Jordan, in October 2022.
Long List of Credits
Pratt has a long list of credits.
After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy’s character in the films “Dr. Dolittle” (1998) and “Dr. Dolittle 2” (2001), Pratt became the main character in the remake series of the franchise, which included “Dr. Dolittle 3,” “Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief,” and “Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts.” Pratt has also been in the films “Fat Albert,” “Hotel for Dogs,” and “The Proud Family Movie.” She provided the voice of Penny Proud in the first animated series for Disney Channel called “The Proud Family,” and played Flex Alexander’s teen daughter Breanna Latrice Barnes in UPN’s sitcom “One on One,” which ran from September 3, 2001, to May 15, 2006. From 2012 to 2014, she appeared in the series “Let’s Stay Together.”