Morality Clauses in the Age of #MeToo and Time’s Up
Communications Lawyer
Winter 2019
Repeated instances of sexual misconduct by high-profile public figures have brought morality clauses back to the table for film studios, networks and producers. Partner David Fink and senior associate Sarah Diamond authored the Communications Lawyer article, “Morality Clauses in the Age of #MeToo and Time’s Up,” discussing the comeback of morality clauses in the entertainment industry.

Morality clauses are contractual provisions that allow entertainment and media employers to terminate an actor’s contract if the talent behaves in a way that negatively impacts his or her public image, or that of the employer. With a slew of recently cancelled film releases and projects related to talent misconduct, morals clauses are finding their way back into talent agreements.