Pauly Delvecchio, better known as DJ Pauly D, is being sued by International Creative Management (ICM) for breach of contract among other causes of action. Pauly D, best known for Jersey Shore and his new spin-off The Pauly D Project, was represented by ICM following the first season of Jersey Shore. The complaint filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that Pauly D was originally represented by ICM under an oral contract. During that time, ICM alleges that they were able to negotiate and obtain for Pauly D a substantial pay raise for the second season of Jersey Shore as well as options for further seasons of the hit reality T.V. show. The complaint further states that in July 2010 the two parties, along with Pauly D’s loan out corporation Blowout Industries, formalized the contract in writing. Under the contract, ICM would be entitled to 10% of “gross compensation” earned by Pauly D and his corporation.
ICM claims that they gained salary increases and bonuses for Pauly D, as well as negotiated options for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of the show. According to the complaint, Pauly D discharged ICM in May of 2011. Summarizing the complaint, ICM believes that they are entitled to payment for salary and bonuses that they negotiated as well as compensation for the seasons they negotiated the options for. ICM estimates the amount to be above $370,000 depending on bonuses received from MTV as well as profits from merchandising.
One of the more interesting aspects of the suit is that ICM lays out exactly what Pauly D was making on the show. According to the complaint, Pauly D is set to make $175,000 per episode for the twelve episode season. That does not include any bonuses paid to Pauly D or any pay for reunion or after shows which could drive his compensation higher. Pauly D’s lawyer told The Hollywood Reporter “We are surprised by ICM’s contention that it is due commissions after ICM was terminated in favor of William Morris Endeavor. ICM was paid for its services. It is even more disappointing that an agency like ICM would choose to take advantage of its former relationship with a client and disclose his confidential business affairs to the public in disregard of any duties it owes as a talent agency”.