Hollywood Wants Tighter Lips On Twitter
Studios are cracking down on talent and executives that use Twitter and other social networking sites to reveal details about productions in progress, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Twitter, in fact, was the preferred medium when Paula Abdul broke the news of her departure from Fox's American Idol. It was also used when Ryan Seacrest announced, before the network had a chance to issue a statement, that NBC chief Ben Silverman was headed out the door.
Paula Abdul announced her departure from 'American Idol' before Fox had a chance to give its spin.
Hollywood, of course, has a history of manipulating, tightly shaping and spinning its news, and industry titans want to keep it that way.
Thus, as THR reports, Disney has a new clause in its talent contracts against broadcasting confidential company info on social networks and blogs. Likewise, the publication notes, DreamWorks' new writers' contract forbids disseminating information via social networks before official press releases are issued on the topic.
Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Hornets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Feb. 26, 6:30pm
Los Angeles Lakers v Charlotte Hornets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsTue., Feb. 28, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Houston Rockets - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsWed., Mar. 1, 7:30pm
UCLA Bruins Men's Baseball vs. University of Michigan Wolverines Baseball
TicketsFri., Mar. 3, 6:00pm
"This is just the beginning," a top talent lawyer tells the Reporter. "Hollywood has
a long history of controlling what talent says in the media. This is
just a new area of media that hasn't been controlled yet."
If the past (music file-sharing, the viral spread of copyrighted news, ahem) is any indication, though, the industry is going to have an uphill battle trying to keep this genie in a bottle.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.