Wednesday, June 5, 2019

AGENT Event Celebrates Industry Change Makers and Better Protection for Models

Exclusive Party Brings Together Top Models and Influential Change Makers

LOS ANGELES --  AGENT celebrated its position as the fastest growing modeling platform in the world by bringing together the industry's top models and honoring entertainment's most influential change makers. The exclusive event, attended by more than 200 models, celebrities, influencers and clients, took place May 22nd on the rooftop sky deck at The Vision on Wilshire. In addition to the top AGENT models, the guest list included Vanderpump Rules' Billie Lee, Jesse Montana, The Bachelor's Chad Johnson, Celebrity Fitness Trainer Seth Browning, top influencers, internationally recognized models, and the industry's top changemakers.

"AGENT is more than a booking platform, it is a movement that is flipping the modeling industry on its head," says Mark Willingham, co-founder and CEO of AGENT. 

"For over 70 years, the modeling industry has remained unchanged.  It's time to create a safer space for models and more efficient way for clients to book them. It's time for fair treatment and transparency. Our industry has a long history of harassment, lack of inclusivity and an unbalanced power structure. AGENT is changing that. This event is all about the celebration of that change and honoring the folks who are standing up and doing what they can to move the needle in the right direction." 

With over 25,000 models registered nationwide, AGENT, Inc. is currently the fastest growing modeling platform in the world. Forbes calls AGENT "The Uber of the Modeling Industry," while The Sun refers to it as "The Digital Game-Changer for Models," and Fast Company praises AGENT for its stance and efforts to protect models.

"The evening celebrated our LA-based models and clients, as well as provided an opportunity to thank our #changeAGENTS who are focused on making a difference in this world. By shedding light on the folks who are working to create positive change, we are driven to further grow our own movement in the modeling industry and to encourage others to be #changeAGENTS. 


AGENT is the world’s fastest-growing modeling platform with over 25,000 registered models. AGENT, Inc was founded by longtime fashion industry veteran, Mark Willingham, renowned software engineer, Dustin Diaz and UX expert, Ashley St Clair. The AGENT platform was developed to increase efficiency, safety, transparency and diversity across the modeling industry. The platform’s powerful, proprietary technology allows clients to seamlessly find and book professional models in minutes and for models to confidently work jobs because AGENT supports safer work environments and same-day payments. The AGENT platform is available for free via iOS app and web app.

 Chad Johnson, The Bachelor

 Brian Drolet, Be Like Trees

 Ko Wills, Celebrity Make Up Artist

Seth Browning, Celebrity Trainer 

Billie Lee, Vanderpump Rules 

Mark Willingham, CEO Agent

LaPolt Law P.C., Edits Newest Book by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

Keeping it Honest: Transparency and Related Issues in the Entertainment Industry to Debut at MIDEM 2019

Award-winning entertainment attorney, Dina LaPolt, and two of LaPolt Law, P.C.’s associates, Jessie Winker, Esq. and Lindsay Arrington, Esq., proudly take on the role of Editor for the forthcoming book published by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers entitled, “Keeping it Honest: Transparency and Related Issues in the Entertainment Industry.”
Keeping It Honest: Transparency and Legal Issues in the Entertainment Industry explores the vital role of transparency in the entertainment business. From the inception of the creative work to business practices, data, and royalty collections, the transparent flow of information is the foundation of a sustainable, modern and successful entertainment industry. The book offers an in-depth, global perspective on each of the building blocks necessary for this foundation and seeks to guide the reader through the entertainment industry’s current issues and on how one might skillfully navigate them.
Never has the need for transparency in the entertainment industry been more important. The newest edition will be unveiled at this year's Main Seminar at the IAEL Legal Summit at Midem June 5, 2019, and will focus on all aspects of how the music industry is seeking greater honesty and integrity - and what that means for all of us.
"We pride ourselves on being transparent in all aspects of our business, and this book was directly inspired by real time events and issues we have run into over the past year in our own practice of LaPolt Law P.C. Our goal was to provide practical, relevant information useful to professionals from all sectors of the entertainment industry, including the creators themselves," says Jessie Winkler, Esq.
The book is available online directly from IAEL and can be purchased by visiting [
LaPolt Law P.C., is a boutique transactional law firm in Los Angeles specializing in intellectual property and entertainment law, and is the only music law firm of its stature founded and run by a sole female practitioner, Dina LaPolt, Esq. Its nine attorneys address the needs of clients, both domestically and internationally, and offer a broad array of experience in music and the arts. The firm focuses on personalized service, quick response time, and a creative billing practice that always considers the goals and objectives of its client. LaPolt Law’s mission is to be a reputable, artistic, resourceful, and dynamic firm focused on assisting clients in running their entertainment related businesses as well as being a conduit, on their behalf, to the entertainment industry at large. For more information on LaPolt Law, PC, please visit
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers: 
The IAEL was officially founded in 1977 at MIDEM, the main international trade fair of the music business held each January in Cannes. Over the past thirty years, the IAEL has come to fulfill a unique role for lawyers involved in the industry throughout the world. It has expanded enormously in terms of both membership and the scope of its activities. IAEL members are lawyers, either in private practice or industry, or those training in the law, whose areas of interest and expertise cover any aspect of entertainment law. If you are interested in joining or just want to know more about the IAEL please contact us.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Dr. Drew Pinsky to host 2019 Los Angeles Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale on June 8thin Universal City


Los Angeles, CA – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has announced that Dr. Drew Pinsky will be hosting the 2019 Los Angeles Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale on June 8, 2019 at the Universal Sheraton in Universal City, CA.  

“It is a profound honor to serve as host of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 201
9 Los Angeles Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale. LLS is leading efforts to cure blood cancer, and their impact locally and nationally on saving lives is an inspiration,” said Dr. Drew. “I look forward to honoring the men and women who are stepping forward as philanthropic leaders to raise millions of dollars to support the LLS mission.”

LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a spirited fundraising “competition” among a select group of nominated individuals in the community. The male & female candidates who raise the most money during the campaign in support of the LLS mission will be named the 2019 Los Angeles’ Man & Woman of the Year at the Grand Finale celebration. The 24 Los Angeles candidates are fundraising is in honor of two patient heroes, the 2019 Boy and Girl of the Year: Pierce Kelly and Frances Abu Shanab. This campaign has raised more than $9,390,000 since its launch in Los Angeles.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, known nationally as “Dr. Drew,” has been a ubiquitous fixture on television and radio for nearly 4 decades. Dr. Drew’s work as an internal medicine/addiction specialist and prolific broadcaster has imbued him with the rare ability to examine any issue through the lenses of practical experience, scientific evidence and pragmatism. His career path has provided him with the reasoned perspective required to thoughtfully examine any number of topics. Dr. Drew is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America” (Harper-Collins), and “Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again” (Harper-Collins). 

Actor Charlie Schlatter, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2018 Los Angeles Man of the Year, will also be attending the June 8thevent.  Schlatter is best known for playing Dr. Jesse Travis in the CBS series Diagnosis: Murderand for starring in the big screen comedy 18 Again!Charlie is also the voice of many animated characters, including, The Flash, Buzz the Bee, Timmy, and Various Characters in The Loud House.

Actor Mindy Sterling, best known for her role as Frau Fabissina in theAustin Powers movies, will also be in attendance. Mindy has been a longtime supporter of LLS, selected as a Los Angeles Woman of the Year Candidate in 2011 and an All Star Candidate in 2014.  In addition to Austin Powers, Sterling is known for her television work with The GoldbergsGrace & Frankie, andLemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Kids and parents know her fromDisney’sAnt Farm andICarly. 

WHO:The California Southland Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WHAT: 2019 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Grand Finale

WHEN: June 8, 2019, 5:30pm-11pm

WHERE: Sheraton Universal, 333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

WHY: Proceeds benefit LLS’s mission: to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – California Southland
4929 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 800
Los Angeles CA 90010