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Asked on: 5/18/09, 9:29 pm

Bargaining.

My wife is repped by one of the top agencies in Los Angeles. She has an excellent reputation as a co-exec producer and an impressive resume of successful reality shows. She has been approached by another client of the same agency to develop and run a show for a hot property. My wife has been trying to increase her rate for quite some time, but has been unable in spite of a long string of successes and nearly 20 years in the business. She has asked for, what we believe is a fair rate given her expertise and success in the industry, but this other side, which is repped by her same agency wants my wife to prove that she has made this rate before. We believe there is something not right going on here within this agency. My wife believes that the rate she has asked is far below a lot of her male colleagues, who often have less experience and are not as versatile as my wife in her field of expertise, and yet the reps want to low ball her even more. She's frustrated and deserves better than she's getting, but it seems like a closed shop. Does she have any recourse that makes sense, and will not blackball her in the industry? How can she bargain with this? It's a tough economy, but there's still a lot of money out there. Help?

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