Is Facebook and Twitter damaging the film industry? According to Hollywood bosses it is.
Studios across the pond are stopping actors from leaking film information on social networking sites, even going as far as adding clauses in their contracts banning them.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Disney has included a new section forbidding confidentiality breaches via “interactive media such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other interactive social network or personal blog”.
“This is just the beginning,” a talent lawyer told the newspaper. “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.”
The DreamWorks studio, a contract warns writers not to uncover information in press releases via “a social networking site, blog or other Internet-type site” before they are officially circulated.
Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers are scheduled to work on the new Shrek movie next year and will be have to adhere to these rules.