ten percenter

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ten percenter

1. An agent, as for an athlete or actor, who is paid 10% of their client's earnings. I was sick of those parasitic ten percenters getting paid for my hard work, so I decided to start representing myself.
2. A joke that only 10% of the audience will understand. Don't include a ten percenter like that in your routine, John. It will grind the pace of your entire show to a halt.
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ten percenter

n. an agent who collects 10 percent. I’ve been supporting that ten percenter for years, and he was robbing me blind.
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AUGUST 9 IS D-DAY for Hollywood's ten-percenters, the classic industry terminology for agents.
The issue of the use of ten-percenters was examined again in the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs when, on March 15, the matter of the questions of privilege raised by the Member for Sackville-Eastern Shore, Peter Stoffer, and by the Member for Mount Royal, Irwin Coffer, in the previous session were referred anew to the Committee, along with the evidence heard and papers received in that session.
The now-predictable result, of course, was that without enforcement authority, industry leaders spent their energy excoriating the "ten-percenters," who refused to cooperate, or trying to outlaw one example after another of "unfair competition." Almost every imaginable method of competition was attacked during the 1920s.
Although she was a face in a BT ad, appeared in sitcoms The Ten-Percenters and Life After Birth, and had a part in Cracker, The Lakes proved Emma could carry a serious dramatic role.
I talked with a couple of ten-percenters last week who specialize in the celebrity business--they book special events, mall openings and the like--and they say the paydays are getting slimmer.
Not only is there the promise of a substantial new source of retainers or commissions, but it also puts the big ten-percenters in a different league, showing that their expertise is more important than simply finding a movie for an actor.
VH1 has several scripted comedies in the works, aside from the Spelling starrer, and ten-percenters say things are only going to get more competitive.