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A judge on Friday dealt a blow to Zooey Deschanel, stating in a tentative ruling that she — and not her agency and former manager — was primarily to blame for her not getting a film role in 2013.
Deschanel had sued her former manager, Sarah Jackson of Seven Summits Pictures & Management, alleging that the company breached its fiduciary duty by encouraging her to switch agencies from CAA to UTA. The suit came in response to a 2015 lawsuit that Jackson filed against Deschanel, seeking unpaid commissions on her “Hello Giggles” website.
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In her counterclaim, Deschanel alleged that Jackson wanted her to dump CAA in order to punish the agency for not getting another CAA client to sign with Jackson. Deschanel also claimed that Jackson knew that CAA would be better for her career, and that she got no acting work during the period when she was with UTA.
In his tentative ruling, Judge Michael Raphael held that Deschanel herself was largely responsible for not getting acting work during the 2013 hiatus from her show, “New Girl.” In an email to Jackson in November 2012, Deschanel wrote that “I really just want to play a very interesting small character role in a movie.” But at the same time, she was scheduling concert dates for the hiatus.
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In February 2013, she was offered the lead role in a film, but turned it down. “I’m worried I won’t have time to play a lead role this hiatus,” she wrote. “It’s just so busy...
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