TMZ is reporting that Adore Delano is suing her management company, Producer Entertainment Group (PEG), for $1 million dollars in lost wages and another $2.5 in punitive damages.
Delano accuses PEG of “nickel-and-diming” her of her cold earned cash, leaving her with a lot less money than she had initially earned from appearances and touring gigs.
In a lawsuit, Adore says he earned $2.5 million over the past 3 years — mostly off 2 hit singles and hundreds of concerts — but only walked away with $300K. He believes his managers at Producer Entertainment Group conspired with his record label, and others, to embezzle his hard-earned dough.
Adore says he’s found multiple examples of PEG nickel-and-diming him, often taking as much as 70% of his appearance fees and other revenue streams. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the management team threatened to “destroy his career” if Adore continued questioning his finances.
While Adore Delano did not win her season and bowed out of All Stars Season 2 early, she is one of the most successful queens to walk through the work room. Huffington Post put in some work last year to rank every Ru Girl, and Delano came in first because of her massive fan following.
The first drag queen (including RuPaul) to earn 1 million followers on Instagram, Delano’s social media savvy and her millennial fan base have proven key to her success. She also sings live, and her music is some of the best to be released from the franchise. Her inaugural album Till Death Do Us Party debuted at number 59 on the Billboard 200, number 3 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and number 11 on the Independent Albums chart.
Who is Producer Entertainment Group?
Producer Entertainment Group was started in 2006 by David Charpentier. The group “specializes in the career management, brand development, recording and global touring activities of performing artists, entertainers and celebrities.” Delano is actually still listed on their website.
PEG’s success results from inventing “drag queen management,” a vertical in talent management that didn’t exist until Charpentier created it. Understanding the importance of Drag Race, Charpentier started signing queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race early. Establishing himself as a titan, PEG dominates the industry and now has its pick of the top queens from each season. In addition to queens like Alaska, Sharon Needles and Bianca Del Rio, PEG also represents Michelle Visage and Todrick Hall.
PEG even opened a store in downtown Los Angeles to sell drag queen merch year round.
Even though Delano is a heavy hitter in her own right, it’s very ballsy of her to take on such an industry giant. If Delano’s accusations are true, it will be interesting to see how this affects the other talent currently represented by the management company.
UPDATE, 11:46 AM, April 4: PEG told Unicorn Booty the following:
Producer Entertainment Group (PEG) remains under contract with Adore Delano (AKA Daniel Noriega). We are confident that this alleged suit, as PEG first became aware of it through a news agency and not formal service of process, will be found to be frivolous in nature. With respect to the allegations, they are categorically inaccurate in every regard, including Mr. Noriega’s income, expenses and PEG’s commissions. We maintain a professional, upstanding and successful relationship with our client roster and are dismayed by Mr. Noriega’s unfounded allegations. PEG would never take actions that are adverse to the careers of our artists and continues to work with Adore on existing business and engagements.