Last week, George Lopez made a harmless switch in agencies yet he’s now seeing the repercussions of his decision. Lopez defected from top Hollywood agency Creative Artists Agency, CAA, and moved on to rival UTA. CAA has retaliated by pulling its sponsorship from Lopez’s annual charity golf tournament that benefits sick children, Fox News Latino reports.
Lopez’s annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Toluca Lake, California on May 4 was supposed to be supported by CAA’s donation of $7,500. However, event organizers got a message from CAA stating that the agency would be pulling the donation because the agents would not be part of the tournament.
The tournament, organized through the George Lopez Foundation raises money for Painted Turtle, which helps send children with serious medical conditions to camp. Celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and Justin Timberlake, amongst others, are expected to be in attendance.
A source says that “George has given CAA millions in commissions over the years” and that the incident “shows how bitter they have become over the so-called ‘agency war.’” Many stars have recently left CAA to join UTA, and Lopez followed suit, despite being with the agency for over a decade. This has launched a lawsuit by CAA against the competing firm.
Lopez’s reps and reps for CAA have declined to comment on the situation.