Talent Manager Sues Hank Williams III

The Gold Mountain Entertainment talent management agency of Nashville is suing performer Shelton Hank Williams III, alleging that he owes the company $76,900 in commissions. The suit was filed June 23 in the Davidson County Chancery Court in Nashville. According to Gold Mountain’s complaint, the grandson of the legendary Hank Williams signed a three-year contract on Jan. 7, 2000, which specified that the agency would serve as his “personal manager throughout the world with respect to [his] professional career, talents, services and business affairs.” In return for these services, the complaint continues, Gold Mountain was to receive a 15 percent commission on all Williams’ “gross receipts,” including “salaries, advance payments, earnings, fees, royalties, bonuses, shares of profit, shares of receipts, stock, stock options, gifts, income in kind and any and all other things of value.” The contract called for lesser commissions on Williams’ income following the termination of the agreement if that income arose from services the agency provided while the contract was still in force. Gold Mountain says in its complaint that Williams has ignored its “repeated demand for payment” and asks the court order Williams to pay the total commission, as well as an unspecified amount for damages and court and attorneys’ fees. 07/09/03