#MeToo Hits Movie Deals: Studios Race to Add 'Morality Clauses' to ContractsFebruary 7, 2018 – Media Mention
Fox is just one of the studios that is trying to insert broad morality clauses into its talent deals, giving it the ability to terminate any contract "if the talent engages in conduct that results in adverse publicity or notoriety or risks bringing the talent into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule."
A Paramount source says it long has had standards of conduct that it asks employees and talent to adhere to and that it's reviewing its approach in the new era. At the same time, several smaller distributors have begun to add a clause in their longform contracts that gives them an out if a key individual in a film — whether during or before the term of the contract — committed or is charged with an act considered under state or federal laws to be a felony or crime of moral turpitude.
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