What ‘AGT’ hopefuls auditioning in Midtown today must agree to

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    http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/what_america_got_talent_hopefuls_ik9ryh4xGz2vBtStenGTrM
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    Hopefuls auditioning for “America’s Got Talent†must agree that producers can trick, exploit and embarrass them -- and depict their life stories in a manner “that may be factual or fictional†-- according to the show’s grueling 45 page contestant agreement, obtained by The Post.

    “I further understand that my appearance, depiction and portrayal in the program may be disparaging, defamatory embarrassing...and may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation,†the agreement states.

    Acts are also required to a psychiatric evaluation and enter into binding management, recording or personal endorsement deals -- at the option of producers -- which would block them from accepting more attractive deals elsewhere.
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    Fans at the "America's Got Talent" auditions

    And they can’t sue for any reason.

    “You are pretty much signing away your life,†one former contestant says. “It’s almost non-negotiable.â€

    “Talent†-- now in its eight season -- is holding auditions in front of judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B. this week at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

    The show allows singers, dancers and variety acts of any age a chance to win $1 million.

    That prize, according to the fine print, is paid as an annuity over 40 years -- leaving the winner with $25,000 annually before taxes.

    Among the show’s other terms and conditions:

    •Hidden cameras may be used to film contestants in bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms or “any other area in which a person under other circumstances might have a reasonable expectation of privacy.â€

    •If an act are disqualified, “Producer and the Network may make any explanation or announcement, on-air or otherwise...as to the reason why.â€

    •Participants and their families agree to a penalty of $5 million for providing false information to the show.

    •Producers and NBC can require talent to participate in additional unscripted, “reality based†programs for up to one year.

    The “Talent†stipulations are not unique.

    Producers of “The Voice†and “X Factor†also have “talent holds†and options for management and record deals on their contestants that can last for up to one year.

    “Generally speaking these (contestants) are people who have nothing going on beforehand,†says attorney and music industry expert, Bob Lefsetz.

    “If they are successful, there are plenty of ways to make money and these shows and their people are going to get paid.â€

    The problem, some believe, is that contestants are unable to shop themselves around after appearing on TV and are often seen as “has beens†by the time they are released from their restrictions.

    Most of the time, the non-winners are freed up within a year and permitted to look for a new path to success, Lefsetz says.

    “If the company is not going to do something, they aren’t going to keep you in limbo for seven years,†he says.

    “As a practical matter, the way these contracts are written, they can’t keep you in slavery.â€

    View the full agreement below.
    45 pages!!!
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/134719192/AGT-Contract
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    AGT Contract - Hidden Cameras + $5 Million Penalty for False Information

    Didn't see the thread Nemo started a few minutes earlier http://www.dawgsaloon.com/showthrea...ls-auditioning-in-Midtown-today-must-agree-to :ninja:

    The post has a copy of the contract the contestants must sign, which includes:

    "• Hidden cameras may be used to film contestants in bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms or “any other area in which a person under other circumstances might have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

    • If an act are disqualified, “Producer and the Network may make any explanation or announcement, on-air or otherwise...as to the reason why.”

    • Participants and their families agree to a penalty of $5 million for providing false information to the show.

    • Producers and NBC can require talent to participate in additional unscripted, “reality based” programs for up to one year."

    http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/what_america_got_talent_hopefuls_ik9ryh4xGz2vBtStenGTrM

    Small price to pay for the chance to win the $1 million paid over 40 years.
     
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    Oh boy... .ahahhahaahhahahah Elephant boy really let himself go and Bobo... holy fuck.
     
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    Shylock would be proud of these pieces of shit.
     
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    WTF? The winner gets $25,000 a year for 40 years? Is that before or after taxes. If that's before taxes you'd be better off working at McDonalds flippin burgers than this shit.
     
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    If only Howard's contract had a penalty of $5 million for providing false information to the show!

    THSS is nothing but false information these days...
     
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    It's before taxes.
     
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    "That prize, according to the fine print, is paid as an annuity over 40 years -- leaving the winner with $25,000 annually before taxes."

    $25K...before taxes :facepalm:
     
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    Fucking blood suckers. That show needs to die already. Please baby jesus let it be cancelled midseason.
     
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    Fuck THAT!
     
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    DAmn-- imagine in 2052 you're still getting paid for winning AGT. Will NBC even be around in 2052?
     
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    So the guy who lied last year about being injured got fined for false information, yeah ok.
     
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    Nemo with this in mind, Can we please revisit the fake injured War-Vet from last year.

    :whistle:
     
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    Are you serious???? That is fucking dispicable. Unfortunately even after reading that contract most of those people auditioning think they are going to become famous.
     
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    he's 5 million in debt.
     
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    i realize you guys focus on it because you hate howard, but if you think this is the only reality show that has a contract like this, your nuts.
     
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    worse than scientology