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Celine Dion Loses $13M Dispute With Former Agent: ‘I Feel Betrayed’

Prinz’s lawyers, however, say the agent’s fee for his work — approximately $11 million to $13 million paid out over 10 years — was well established and backed up with emails, contract and oral agreements covering the three decades Prinz, Dion and her late husband and former manager René Angélil had worked together.

“This ruling leaves no doubt that Rob Prinz and ICM not only had a legally enforceable agreement to commission Ms. Dion’s AEG deal, but that, throughout her brilliant career, Rob represented her in an exemplary manner, culminating in an unprecedented touring and residency contract,” Rick Levy, general counsel for ICM Partners, said in a statement to Billboard.

The contract covering the AEG-produced Celine residency and Courage World Tour began in 2017 and plays through 2026 and includes $272 million in guaranteed income to Dion for 544 concerts in Las Vegas, $212 million for 198 touring shows and a $5 million signing bonus. On a per show basis, that’s $500,000 per Las Vegas residency performance and $1,075,000 per touring show.

For Prinz’s work negotiating the contract with AEG, he was to be paid 1.5% commission for the Vegas shows and a 3% commission for her touring shows, excluding hometown concerts in Montreal. Celine and her representatives argue that Prinz and ICM overcharged her, using old commission agreements — a charge Prinz denies.

 

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