It pays to be a celebrity’s dad. Literally. Britney Spears' dad, who has no prior showbiz experience may be inking a 7 figure deal as Britney Spear's Femme Fatale tour manager.
Jamie Spears has been Britney's conservator since 2008 and receives $16,000 a month from the star to make all her legal decisions for her and basically make sure she doesn't shave her head or attack any SUV's with an umbrella again. You know, typical celebrity stuff.
Since her tour began, Jamie Spears has also started working as Tour Manager and hasn't received an extra penny. Britney's overall manager, Larry Rudolph, has decided to give up a cut of his paycheck to Jamie Spears. Rudolph makes 10% of gross sales from the worldwide tour and he wants to give 2% of his earnings to Jamie.
And Jamie deserves it. He has been hustling for this tour. He negotiated a lucrative deal with concert promoter Live Nation. He coordinates Britney's personal schedule and supervises all her travel. He handles finances, manages Britney's security team and makes somewhere between 200-400 calls a day on Britney's behalf.
200-400 calls per day! It doesn't take that many calls to convince the local Starbucks to deliver.
Well apparently, Jamie has been handling all these duties since the tour began without pay. I guess when you're family you feel bad asking for money. "Hey Brit, can I get like...I dunno...a million dollars to make all these phone calls for you?"
For Britney's 2009 Circus Tour she had 5 tour managers, who each made 7 figure salaries each. Now Britney's management team is just dear old dad and Larry Rudolph. So basically, Jamie Spears is a bargain tour manager. Britney's tour is cutting corners, y'all. Expect to see Jamie Spear's services in a Groupon very soon.
Jamie Spears is appealing to the judge in Britney's conservator case to make sure his new pay increase is approved by the court. Taking 2% of Rudolph's cut means Jamie could expect to earn an additional million dollars.
Before Jamie Spears was juggling Britney Spears' world tour, he was a building contractor, a caterer and then for several years he ran an ice cream stand in Venice Beach, California. Jamie went from dealing with the day-to-day business of a sea-side ice cream shop to managing the Femme Fatale tour. I'd say that's the world’s most inconsistent promotion. From sundaes to security guards Jamie Spears could be having the best year ever. With that logic I should be qualified to run a small country by now.