MGA Talent, originally "The Mary Grady Agency", was founded in 1959 by Hollywood Legend Talent Agent Mary Grady. As one of the oldest and most highly respected entertainment firms in Hollywood it has evolved into an elite management firm with a newly formed Production Division to personally serve actors, actresses, writers, directors and producers from all over the world. In its early years, MGA was considered Hollywood’s Original Children’s Agency: a tradition that is still very important to MGA, as even today the company represents children, teens and young adults into their early 30’s. Mary’s own children were well known television stars as both young kids and young adults. Her son, Don Grady, was one the original members of Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club and also played “Robbie Douglas” on the 1960’s TV hit series My Three Sons. Her daughter, Lani O’Grady, was probably most known for staring as “Dr. Mary Bradford” on Eight is Enough.
As a savvy and energetic business woman, Mary Grady was a pioneer and well ahead of her time. When she decided to leave agenting in 2000 to write her book, her goal was to “pass the torch” of running MGA Talent to someone who would honor her name and the reputation that she tirelessly built over 40 years. From the candidates vying for this coveted position Mary selected Attorney Robert Pafundi. Read Roberts Profile on IMDB
About Robert Pafundi
Robert Pafundi has a passion for all aspects of the entertainment industry—whether it is Talent Management, Career Guidance, TV and Feature Film Production or Legal Representation. He works with Actors and Actresses, Producers, Directors, Agents, and Managers helping them pursue and plan their careers and develop independent feature films, while providing legal assistance when necessary. Robert recently won a highly publicized case in the California Court of Appeals involving a Star Name actor in an unfortunate dispute between the child actor and his Talent Manager.
Robert’s recent career developments include:
Formal designation as "legal counsel" for the Talent Managers Association (TMA), by its Board of Directors;
Appointment to the Advisory Board of the prestigious "Children in Film" organization.
Robert is also a member of the Entertainment and Litigation sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, has a great enthusiasm for all aspects of the business and, among other things, considers himself a "protector of kids and kids' rights."
Personally, Rob is a PADI Certified Scuba Diver, an FAA Certified Multi-Engine Private Pilot and was recently honored with his Shodan Degree (Black Belt) in Bujinkan Ninjutsu, a traditional and historic Martial Art, the study of which led him to Japan to train with the Grand Master of The Art. He has two college age children—a girl and a boy—and lives on the Westside of town in Los Angeles, California.