The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance’s Simon Whipp has called the TEN’s contestant contract for So You Think You Can Dance the “worst” contract he had seen in the business. He has urged Australian dancers to boycott the show.
“There are aspects of this contract that are illegal and unlawful and unfair and inappropriate,” Mr Whipp told The Sunday Telegraph.
The contract includes a ban on membership of the MEAA or any other performing arts union or guild.
The contract also excludes dancers from working for anybody other than Network TEN for a year after the screening of the final.
“The restraint-of-trade clause is unenforceable and it’s unrealistic of Channel TEN to expect (dancers) not to get paid work for 12 months after the show has been screened,” Mr Whipp said.
But Whipp’s call to action may be too late with auditions already having taken place, with contracts already signed and finalists shortlisted.
FremantleMedia spokesman Steve Murphy denied the contracts were illegal and said the company was involved with ongoing discussions with the MEAA.
The Sunday Telegraph says SYTYCD launches February 1st.