Cautionary Tales

Children have been entertaining the masses since the beginning of the industry in the early 1900s. We’ve all heard the stories of “child stars gone bad” but WHY bad things happen is just a touch more complicated than the media wants to make it. We think it is important to preserve the history of past…

Introduced Legislation

We encourage all interested parties to get involved in your state! Contact your legislator or the author of the bill and let them know what you think! If you hear that your state has a bill pending, please let us know so we can include it on this list. PENDING LEGISLATION Federal H.R. 3121 (Rep.…

Krekorian Act

Krekorian Scam Prevention Act Any respected industry publication will tell you that the first rule of showbiz is “never pay upfront fees for representation” and “never pay for an audition”.  These things are called Pay To Play, and they are considered talent scams. California has a law specifically about this, called the Krekorian Talent Scam…

Guide to Lobbying

New laws are being formed about child actors each year! With the entertainment industry becoming increasingly global, and families traveling for the biz more and more, we need to be concerned with new laws in every state. Bizparentz is an advocacy organization, and we do represent young performers and their families within government when we…

How to Build a Law

How to Build a Child Performer Law Bizparentz is called upon occasionally to assist legislators in developing new laws regarding young performers. In doing so, we realized that many other entities might benefit from a greater understanding of why child performer laws are important, and how they are structured. Film makers need to understand why…

New York Laws

Child Performer Laws in New York (Work Permits, Work Hours, and more) HISTORY New York passed the New York Child Performer Education and Trust Act in 2003 (aka S.4696 / A.7510  Vellela).  The law took effect in 2004 and was supported by SAG, AFTRA and AEA.  The law included the general concepts of a Coogan…

New Mexico Laws

Child Labor Laws for Entertainment in New Mexico Many families may recall that the legislation for child performer’s working in New Mexico was passed in April 2007 and went into effect June 2007.  This was widely reported in connection to the Kid Nation controversy, with many entities asking if stronger regulations would have better protected…