…and now the fine print on MasterChef contracts
What rights do contestants give up in order to have their 15 minutes of fame?
Hot on the heels of X Factor contracts being exposed, now the fine print in Masterchef contracts comes under scrutiny from Fairfax Media.
While there are many standard television clauses there are a couple that will raise an eyebrow.
The most surprising sees Shine receiving a 15 per cent commission from any media career income earned by contestants for three years. For 14 months after the show finishes, it has a ‘‘final option’’ to match third-party offers for any kind of media work. It also has the right to audit contestant books and records looking for any underpayment, and if an underpayment of more than 5 per cent is detected contestants agree to ‘‘bear all the costs of such audit’’.
Contestants were paid an allowance of $630 a week while they were filming (but food and accommodation is supplied).
Shine bans contestants from appearing as a host or guest on TV, radio or online shows and talent contests ‘‘relating to your cooking/food preparation abilities’’ without prior permission. It also retains similar control over any book, magazine or online publishing deals for a year after the show airs
Shine has the right to conduct ‘‘reasonable searches’’ of contestants looking for ‘‘illegal drugs, weapons… or other illicit, offensive or dangerous items’’. Contestants can be kicked off the show at any time without reason.
Contestants agree to ‘‘block, suspend, put on hold, take off line or otherwise cease involvement’’ in any websites or social media during filming.
They banned from posting about Masterchef on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instragram and Pinterest, or speaking to the media, without permission from Shine.
Contestants also agree:
To be ‘‘separated from your family, friends, and your regular environment, and have limited contact with family and friends, for an extensive period of time’’
Not to sue Shine for any injury they suffer during filming;
Not to ‘‘use any device or form of technology… to take photographs or make any audio, visual or audiovisual recordings of any of the final 24’’ contestants.