And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story
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Successful Managers Avoid Limelight, Let Clients Take Center Stage

19 September 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Talent Managers Assn. lifetime achievement honoree Larry Thompson has worn a plethora of different hats over a four-decade career in show business. Though best known as a talent manager, with longterm clients including William Shatner, Joan Rivers and Drew Barrymore — not to mention Richard Pryor, Merle Haggard, Tatum O’Neal, Jason Bateman, Shannon Doherty and hundreds of others — he’s also served stints as a TV and film producer, an author, an entertainment attorney, a record label counsel, and a motivational speaker.

There is one title he thoroughly rejects: brand manager.

“Managers were originally called personal managers,” Thompson relates. “Then they were just managers. Then Madison Ave. came along with brands, and suddenly we started calling ourselves brand managers, like the talent was a brand. While I understand that — if anyone understands that it should be me, since Shatner and Rivers certainly are brands — I try not to fall into »

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