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    Question [Publicist] Danie Cortese Entertainment

    Does anyone know anything about this agency? They have not broached "fees," but it is my understanding via research on the 'Net elsewhere that they are a fee-charging agency. ?????

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    Yes, they are a fee charger. They want a "publicity and management fee" of $53.50 per month, a $53.50 "float" to cover postage, and a one-time "consulting fee" of $107.00.

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    Are they a legit player?

    Do they have bona fide industry contacts and are they successful at
    selling and representing writers/talent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron239
    Do they have bona fide industry contacts and are they successful at
    selling and representing writers/talent?
    Do they need to sell anything, with the fees they're charging?

    I can't speak to their talent representation, but as far as I can discover they've never sold a book.

    - Victoria

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    Angry Sure enuf, they put the bite on

    Sure enough, they tried to put the bite on me. Needless to say I declined.
    I wish they had been up front about this, and ditto with respect to their website, which doesn't mention fees of any kind.

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    Danie Cortese

    Any information on her and her agency/management firm/publicity firm?

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    First, hi!

    Google turns up these links to what is presumably her home page and a mirror or old link, assuming she's "Danie Cortese Entertainment Inc."?

    http://www.daniecortese.com/
    http://dejablues.homestead.com/

    If that is her homepage, there are many red flags just jumping right out.

    Also:

    http://www.easybackgroundcheck.com/daniecortese.html

    Preditors and Editors has a "not recommended" and "charges fees".
    Nothing I can find on AAR.
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    Don't walk away from this one--Run! Fast as you can!. Anyone who can sit on their can and collect fifty bucks a month from you has no incentive to do anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron239
    Sure enough, they tried to put the bite on me. Needless to say I declined.
    I wish they had been up front about this, and ditto with respect to their website, which doesn't mention fees of any kind.
    Thanks a lot to you and Victoria.

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    Soccer Mom, I agree but I wanted confirmation before I respond to her. I remember reading that agents collect only AFTER the script is sold and that's only 10%.

    Soloset, thanks a lot for these links.

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    What red flags did you see?

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    Red flags?

    They're all over the site, from the typos to the "we'll take on any genre" mentality.

    The big ones, of course, are the fees and the apparent lack of sales to publishing houses.

    You can also find forum-spam for this company pretty easily with a google search. Not appetizing at all.

    For the curious, I used the fairly distinctive titles of two of the company's forum posts in my google searches, from here and here.
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    Thanks again, solo. I appreciate it.

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    Danie Cortese Entertainment & Publicity Inc. is a 'publicity' firm. We are not an agency. Our primary business is publicity work for musicians. We have worked with many screenwriters/filmmakers in the past who have sought out my firm to promote their films to film festivals or their novels to the press. Fees are standard with any publicity work in this business. If have questions or concerns you should go directly to the 'home' source. You can view our credits here: http://www.daniecorteseent.com/credits3.html

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    Danie Cortese was operating as a (fee-charging) literary and talent agency as recently as 2006, based on documentation in my files.

    I'm glad that's no longer the case.

    - Victoria

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    I ran the name through google and found a bit more information here and here.

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    Last edited by brianm; 10-26-2010 at 01:51 AM.
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    In her FAQ section she states this.

    DCE has been recognized as the leading "Trend Setter" in the business and is studied in music programs & universities all over North America.


    Who recognised them and what universities? If this is true, then why not shout the who's and what's from the tallest building? Or at least put them on your website? Any one can claim to be anything they like, but I want to be able to double check facts.

    A lot of smoke, imo.

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    Facts my dear friends

    Cambridge Who's Who Member Danie Cortese, is a world-renowned leader of an entertainment revolution.
    http://www.cambridgepublicrelations.com/Danie-Cortese

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    Thanks for sharing your "press release". Still don't see how that in any way qualifies you as a publicist for anyone in the literary field.

    And "Cambridge Who's Who" is nothing but a pay to play social networking site. It isn't affiliated with Cambridge University.
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