A federal appeals panel Friday rejected an attempt to revive an antitrust lawsuit alleging that Hollywood’s largest talent agencies illegally conspired to fix prices and control scripted television packaging.
In the memorandum, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena affirmed a Los Angeles federal judge’s dismissal last year of the suit over packaging fees brought by the boutique agency Lenhoff & Lenhoff against United Talent Agency and International Creative Management Partners.
Lenhoff alleged that the four “uber” agencies — UTA, ICM Partners, William Morris Endeavor and the Creative Artists Agency — conspired to dominate scripted television by lining up the talent and working nearly exclusively with each other, shutting out actors, writers and directors they don’t represent.
The 2015 lawsuit alleged that the four top agencies control 94 percent of the scripted television market, resulting in a lack of diversity on the small screen.
The appeals panel ultimately agreed with the lower court that the plaintiffs hadn’t provided enough factual details to support allegations of conspiracy to restrain trade and price-fixing.
The ruling can be appealed to the full 9th Circuit panel of judges.