Jeremy Piven charges $15,000 for a ten minute Zoom call

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How much would you pay to talk to Jeremy Piven? Actually, maybe I should ask that differently: would you pay anything to speak to Jeremy Piven? The good news is you don’t have to talk to him at all, but if you do, it’ll cost you $15,000 for 10 minutes. *breaks open the smelling salts* Stay with me, now. Jeremy is one of the many celebs who have flocked to the video-sharing platform Cameo that allows plebeians like you and me to shell out our hard-earned cash for the honor of conversing with them. If you can’t afford a one-on-one, there are lower priced options for a pre-recorded video that you can send to the person of your choice.

If your entourage has a pile of money sitting around, what better way to spend it than on some digital face time with Jeremy Piven?

The Entourage actor is willing to subject himself to 10-minute Zoom calls with fans for the low, low price of just $15,000, joining the long list of celebrities who are selling pre-recorded messages and video chats via Cameo. (A prerecorded message from Piven runs at a mere $400.)

A representative for Cameo, a virtual marketplace that connects fans with their favorite celebrities at varying price points, says that while they use “their own supply and demand metrics to suggest prices to talent,” it is ultimately up to the celebrity to “choose their own prices.” Representatives for Piven did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

For comparison, Lance Bass is charging $249 for recorded video/$1250 for Zoom Call, Sean Astin runs at $295/$599, Andrew Dice Clay is a bargain for $299/$1400, and skating legend Tony Hawk is available for just $200/$1000.

Most famous for portraying Hollywood super-agent Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage, Piven’s other credits include Miami Rhapsody, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Larry Sanders Show, Serendipity, Old School, Scary Movie 3, Smokin’ Aces, and Mr. Selfridge.

Zoom calls is a newly added feature to Cameo. Company founder and CEO Steven Galanis said on Twitter that while prices seem high, they’re a much better deal than pre-recorded videos.

[From EW via Pajiba]

In case you get tongue-tied during your call with Jeremy, Pajiba offers five helpful questions to ask him, like, “What does it feel like peaking 28 years ago?” I would love to see Cameo’s metric that prices out each celebrities time to compare what people think their worthis vs. what Cameo thinks they’re worth. This reminds me of that Community app David Harbour was touting a while back, that allowed people to text celebrities. I guess the demand to get close to a celeb really is that big. Originally, I could’ve spent a great deal of this post listing reason I would not want to speak to Jeremy for any amount of money but now I’m wildly interested to hear why he thinks he’s worth $1500 a minute?

The EW article mentioned a lot of celebs who are also on Cameo and what they charge for various degrees of proximity to them. However, I first heard about these Cameo videos from all the celebs that are using them for charity. Pajiba mentioned Keanu Reeves auctioning a Zoom call to benefit children’s cancer. Busy Philipps and Mandy Moore are donating 100% of their proceeds from their Cameo videos to No Kid Hungry and World Central Kitchen. Daniel Gillies just joined to raise funds for Feeding America. Cameo themselves have hosted fundraisers and created Cameo Cares, which allows people to donate directly to various charities benefiting those affected by COVID. It’s your money and you are free to spend it however you like. The only thing I ask is if you do opt for the Jeremy Piven Experience, please come back here and tell us word-for-word what was said. I’d even kick in, I dunno, maybe $7.13 for that.

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  1. Escondista says:

    I’m sorry, who?

    • lemonylips says:

      I had no idea who this guy is either.

      • smcollins says:

        He’s been around forever (okay 30 years or so). In my opinion he owes a big part of his career to John Cusak, although I have to admit that the movie PCU is a total guilty pleasure favorite of mine. He blew up in the early/mid 2000’s from starring on Entourage, which he was actually pretty great in, but of course developed the over-inflated ego and massive sense of self because of it. His career has been pretty non-existent since the show ended (the movie was pointless and pretty bad, which didn’t help).

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, he and Cusack grew up together and Piven’s parents run a theater school in the Chicago area. So I think the Pivens actually provided a platform to launch Cusack into the industry and Jeremy rode his coattails.

        The other thing I remember about Piven was his unprofessional bailing on a Broadway show and later claimed it was because of mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi.

      • smcollins says:

        Oh yeah, I forgot about his parents owning a theater company, I just always remember the Cusack connection. I do remember the whole mercury poisoning story, though. IIRC he actually received positive reviews for his performance in the play so I don’t think it was a cop out to get out of a bad gig, but definitely very strange.

      • Mumbles says:

        This guy (I got sick of autocorrect giving me “Liven”) is a legendary d-bag and fwiw I haven’t heard the best things about the Cusacks either. Word on the street is that John Cusack is a very toxic boyfriend, and Gabourey Sidibe has a story about how Joan Cusack was rude and mean to her when Gabourey fan-girled her. So sounds like birds of a feather….

  2. Samanthalous says:

    Keanu is so hot

  3. Lizzieb says:

    A hard pass from me on celebrity zoom calls. Sorry Jeremy. Just seems so awkward. Not like you’d have a decent conversation with anyone. If anyone gets the Keanu call maybe celebitches could pitch in a couple of bucks to live vicariously. Otherwise a pass from me

  4. Chelly says:

    I’ll always remember him from Ellen’s sitcom. The overweight, bald, doofus. But he seemed much more chilled back then, now just a total douchebag.

  5. Esmom says:

    The guy clearly thinks very highly of himself, lol. Yeah, I cannot imagine how a 10-minute Zoom call with him would unfold, at any price. But $15,000 is unreal. Think of how many other, worthwhile things you could buy or donate to with that kind of money.

    My friends and I looked into one of the prerecorded ones for a friend’s birthday and we couldn’t find anyone in our price range that we thought she would like. We briefly considered the guy who played Jerry from Parks and Rec but then ended up feeling sorry for him and abandoned the idea.

    I do think the idea of using the calls as fundraisers is pretty cool, though.

  6. Sean says:

    The guy peaked with Entourage, a show that ended 9 years ago and he wasn’t even the vocal point of it.

    I can’t imagine paying $15k to talk to anyone.

  7. SJR says:

    Keanu! Is this a huge win-win idea or what?
    Chat with my sweetie Keanu and benefit charity, WIN!
    Keanu4 ever!
    When I first heard about win a charity bid to Zoom chat with Keanu, I sent emails to everybody I know IRL, “Guess what I want for my birthday?”
    Sadly, we are a fun and lovely bunch of regular working folks who between us all, could not raise even $5K without committing a criminal act.

    For a minimum bid on Keanu, I would like to get close enough to him for a polite sniff, I bet he smells good! In my imagination he smells like Ivory bar soap and warm and etc. :)

    Piven? Nope. Not at all. Ever.

  8. Yup, Me says:

    Who the hell cares what Jeremy Piven has to say about anything?

  9. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I remember him from Ellen in the mid to late nineties and Grosse Point Blank. I always thought he was funny but he loves the sh*t out of himself and seems like he would be douchey in real life.

  10. EviesMom says:

    I think I’d pay $15K Not to have Jeremy Piven zoom bomb a conference call 😂.

  11. Meg says:

    Isnt he trying to be a stand up comic now?

  12. Valerie says:

    lol, my mom loved Mr. Selfridge but I had to tell her what an asshole he was. He always has been.

  13. He is so gross. When my barely legal sister worked out in LA pursuing modeling she encountered him frequently at her day job at the hair salon he went to. She said the way he stared at her was beyond creepy and well as the lines he’d use trying to persuade her to go out with him. This was about 8 years ago so he was old enough to not be harassing 18 year old women. She said he’d ignore all her attempts to brush him off. She couldn’t say much as he was a client . Doesn’t surprise me his ego is this inflated. Maybe some Entourage Bros would pay for this..but it’s 2020 so good luck.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I used to work with someone (several years ago now) who ‘dated’ him when he was in London (shooting Mr Selfridge I think) and she said he’s an a$$hole. Used to call her up at all hours insisting she go over and spend time with him (read booty call). She also said he is very high maintenance, which made me laugh as she is also very high maintenance.

      She also said that in real life he is just like the character of Mr Selfridge – which I’ve read has been said about him before from people who know/worked with him.