Below, are portions of the Bachelor/Bachelorette contracts that contestants sign. The original document is 22 pages long and certain clauses of the contract have been highlighted to view.
Contract – Part One
“THE BACHELORETTE” RELEASE AND WAIVER, AGREEMENT NOT TO SUE, INDEMNIFICATION AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT, AND PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT
I ____________________(“I”, “me”) and AND Syndicated Productions, Inc. (“Producer”) have entered into the (1)Program Appearance Authorization andRelease; (2) Request and Authorization for Disclosure and Redisclosure of
Medical Information; (3) the Psychological Evaluation Release Form; (4) theConfidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement; (5) Videotape/Stills License; andI have completed the short from Bachelor/Bachelorette Application and the long form Participant Questionnaire; all relating to the television series currently entitled “The Bachelorette” and any version thereof (the “Series”). In consideration of and as an inducement to Producer entering into this Agreement and further considering me to become either the Bachelorette or a Bachelor, as applicable, in the Series (the Bachelor and the Bachelorettes will be individually referred herein as a “Participant”), I am making representations, warranties, disclosures, covenants and agreements described below. If any disclosure, representation or warranty is false or misleading or if I breach any covenant or agreement made in this Agreement or any other form, agreement, application, questionnaire or release in connection with the Series, Producer may remove me from the Series; and Producer may make any explanation, announcement, on-air or otherwise, Producer or the network broadcasting the Series (the “Network”) may choose. I deem it to be in my best interest to enter into this Agreement and I am signing this Agreement voluntarily, knowingly and of my own free will.
I UNDERSTAND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT LEGAL DOCUMENT RELATING TO MY PARTICIPATION IN THE SERIES, AND BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT I AM WAIVING LEGAL RIGHTS I MAY HAVE AGAINST PRODUCER, NETWORK, BROADCASTERS, SPONSORS OF THE SERIES AND OTHERS. I UNDERSTAND THAT, IN THE EVENT THAT I EXECUTE THIS AGREEMENT WITHIN LESS THAN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS AFTER FIRST BEING PROVIDED WITH A COPY OF THIS AGREEMENT, THEN I SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REVOKE THIS AGREEMENT FOR TWO DAYS AFTER THE DATE UPON WHICH I ACTUALLY EXECUTE IT. SUCH REVOCATION SHALL ONLY BE VALID IF MADE BY SENDING A NOTICE OF SUCH REVOCATION IN WRITING TO: “___________________”
SUCH REVOCATION MUST BE POSTMARKED BY THE DAY WHICH IS TWO (2) DAYS AFTER THE DATE I ACTUALLY
EXECUTE THIS AGREEMENT (THREE (3) DAYS IF THE SECOND DAY IS A SUNDAY OR A HOLIDAY) AND MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DAY WHICH IS FIVE (5) DAYS AFTER THE DATE I ACTUALLY EXECUTE THE AGREEMENT. THEREAFTER, THE AGREEMENT BECOMES BINDING AND NOT REVOCABLE. SUCH REVOCATION SHALL ONLY BE VALID IF SENT BY CERTIFIED/REGISTERED MAIL OR AN OVERNIGHT MAIL SERVICE.
Accordingly, Producer and I agree as follows: I. DISCLOSURES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS;
A. If I am selected by Producer to be a Participant in the Series, I agree to take part as a Participant in connection with the production of the Series as and to the extent required by the Producer on such dates and at such locations as Producer shall designate in its sole discretion. I understand that interviews, meetings, psychological and/or medical evaluations, examinations and the like are or may be scheduled to take place in Los Angeles and possibly other locations throughout the United States (the “Location”) for casting purposes and/or during or after the production of the Series. I agree to participate in said evaluations and/or examinations and further understand and agree that any and all medical and/or psychological examiners may share with Producer the results of said examinations. I also agree that in connection with evaluating my participation in the Series, Producer may or may not conduct a background check on me. If I am selected to be a Participant in the Series, I, my actions, voice and sound effects during the pre-production period and on the Location during production will be filmed and recorded for
the Series on an up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis, including without limitation by means of hidden cameras (however, such hidden cameras, if any, shall not be positioned to intentionally capture images of you urinating or defecating in the bathroom) and microphones and I hereby consent to such videotaping, filming or recording and knowingly and voluntarily waive any privacy rights I may have, regardless of whether I am aware that recording of my actions and conversations is taking place. I also agree to attend any meetings or interviews required by Producer in connection with my preparation for or participation in the Series. I further agree to be available and to participate as when and where Producer may require in connection with publicity, interviews and similar matters (e.g., to appear on news shows, talk shows and other programs, and to make other appearances as required by Producer) in connection with the Series as when and where designated by Producer in its sole discretion.
****KNOWLEDGE OF SHOW******
B. Knowledge of Series Nature and Content and Agreement to Comply with All Rules, Directions, and Instructions: I am familiar with the nature and concept of the Series. I understand that the Series is an unscripted and/or reality
television show, is not a game show, and will be produced for entertainment purposes. If I am a Participant in the Series, during the period of production, including any extensions scheduled at Producer’s sole and absolute
discretion, I will be expected to potentially go on date(s) with the other individuals, including but not limited to, the person ultimately selected as the Bachelorette if she selects me (or, alternatively, with the persons I select, if I am chosen as the Bachelorette) (hereinafter individually and collectively the “Dates”). Initially, the Bachelorette shall be introduced to approximately twenty-five (25) or more Bachelors, and she will elect to go on group dates with approximately fifteen (15) of these Participants (subject to modification by the Producer as to the number of Bachelorettes eliminated by the Bachelor at any stage of production). Group dates shall consist of approximately three (3) to seven (7) Bachelors and the Bachelorette. After the group date period, the Bachelorette shall go on non-chaperoned smaller group and/or one-on-one dates with selected Bachelors as set forth in The Series Guidelines. During the remainder of the Series, the Bachelorette will narrow the group of Bachelors down until ultimately only the final Bachelor selected by the Bachelorette remains. I understand that all Dates may be recorded (on tape, film or otherwise) and some Dates may be overnight or weekend trips to locations of Producer’s choice, in Producer’s sole
discretion. I further understand and agree that the above format is subject to modification by Producer at any time, with or without notice to me. I further understand and acknowledge that Producer does not provide a chaperone
for the Dates.
I agree that before, during and after the Dates, I will appear in the Series to be interviewed and make observations concerning my experiences on the Dates and thoughts related thereto. I understand that the Series is an unscripted and/or reality series that may involve the element of surprise. I have been informed and understand that I should be prepared for anything, at any time during the production of the Series and that the Series may involve “twists” and that that Producer may make misrepresentations intentionally or unintentionally concerning the Series and/or any element or aspect of the Series. Said misrepresentations may be made by, without limitation, Producer, Host, other Series Participants, Producer’s affiliates and/or other parties connected to the show. Being so informed, I voluntarily agree to participate in the Series. I have received, read and understood the
description of the Series (“The Series Guidelines”), as provided by Producer, and I have voluntarily applied to participate in the Series. I agree to follow all of Producer’s rules, directions and instructions in all matters (including Participant selection and decisions regarding the creation and implementation of terms, conditions and rules governing the Series). I further acknowledge and agree that all Series rules are subject to change by Producer, in Producer’s sole discretion, at any time including, without limitation, while I am participating as a Participant on the Series and that
Producer’s decision(s) on all matters relating to the Series and my participation therein (including Participant selection, the activities/Dates in which the Participants partake, and the manner in which the Series is produced) shall be final and binding. In addition, if any activity on the Series is halted for any reason, I shall abide by Producer’s decision regarding the resumption of the activity. I understand that Producer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change, add to, delete from, modify or amend the terms, conditions and rules affecting the conduct of the Participants on the Series, the Series activities, and the elimination of Participants from the Series. ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED CONSEQUENCES OF MY FOLLOWING SUCH RULES, DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS SHALL BE INCLUDED WITHIN THE MATTERS RELEASED AND INDEMNIFIED BY THIS AGREEMENT.
E. Knowledge of Potential Embarrassment and Surprises: I acknowledge that interviews on or in connection with the Series may consist of another Participant and/or my statements about other Participants, personal relationships and, perhaps, the opinions and statements of my family and/or
friends and other people connected with the Series, and that some of these statements and/or statements by the host of the Series, Producer or Producer’s employees or agents or others may be considered surprising, humiliating, embarrassing, derogatory, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or injurious to me, the viewing audience, Producer or Producer’s employees or agents and/or
other third parties. ANY SUCH STATEMENT OR STATEMENTS BY ME AND ANY INJURIES
ALLEGEDLY CAUSED THEREBY ARE HEREBY SPECIFICALLY INCLUDED WITHIN THE MATTERS
RELEASED UNDER PARAGRAPH V BELOW AND INDEMNIFIED AGAINST UNDER PARAGRAPH V
BELOW. FURTHER, ANY SUCH STATEMENT OR STATEMENTS BY ANOTHER PARTICIPANT (IF
ANY), THE VIEWING AUDIENCE, THE SERIES HOST, PRODUCER OR PRODUCER’S EMPLOYEES
OR AGENTS AND/OR OTHER THIRD PARTY ARE HEREBY SPECIFICALLY INCLUDED WITHIN THE
MATTERS RELEASED UNDER PARAGRAPH V BELOW. I also have been informed and I
fully understand that any “dating” advice from “dating experts” or advice from stylists as to make-up techniques, hairstyles, dress or the like is given to me on or in connection with the Series is for entertainment only. I am free to reject any such advice in whole or in part, and should I follow all or any part of such advice, I shall do so entirely at my own risk. ANY ACTUAL OR ALLEGED CONSEQUENCES OF MY FOLLOWING SUCH ADVICE SHALL BE INCLUDED WITHIN THE
MATTERS RELEASED UNDER PARAGRAPH V AND INDEMNIFIED UNDER PARAGRAPH V BELOW. I
FURTHER UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I MAY EXPERIENCE ONE OR MORE SURPRISES
(E.G., A SECRET OR OTHER UNKNOWN FACT MAY BE REVEALED TO ME) IN CONNECTION
WITH MY APPEARANCE ON THE SERIES, AND SUCH SURPRISE SHALL BE INCLUDED WITHIN
THE MATTERS RELEASED UNDER PARAGRAPH V BELOW.
*******Payment to Contestants*******
F. Development Hold: I further agree that following the Initial Exclusivity Period, Producer shall have an option (which must be exercised, if at all, on or before the expiration of the Initial Exclusivity Period) to extend the Initial Exclusivity Period for a period of six (6) months following the expiration of the Initial Exclusivity Period (hereinafter the “First Development Hold Period”). If Producer exercises its option, it shall pay me the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). In exchange for said compensation, I agree to maintain my exclusivity obligations to the extent set forth in subparagraph E above during the First Development Hold Period and during the First Development Hold Period and/or, at Producer’s sole discretion, at any time during the Initial Exclusivity Period, if requested, to appear in, and render development services in connection with,pilot(s)/presentation(s) (or demos or run-throughs) for additional television projects or series featuring, starring, hosted or co-hosted by me and/or to make guest appearances on or otherwise participate in one or more of any Producer or company-related projects, programs or series. In the event Producer exercises its option for the First Development Hold Period, it shall have an option (which must be exercised if at all, on or before the expiration of the First Development Hold Period) to extend the First Development Hold Period for an additional period of six (6) months (commencing with the expiration of the First Development Hold) (hereinafter the “Second Development Hold Period”). If Producer exercises its option, it shall pay me the additional sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). In exchange for said compensation, I agree to maintain my exclusivity obligations to the extent set forth in subparagraph E above during the Second Development Hold Period and during such period, if requested, to render the same services as set forth in subparagraph F above. Producer shall have the right to exercise its right for my below Series’ services at any time during the Initial Exclusivity Period and/or during the First and/or the Second Development Hold Periods (if this is done prior to Producer’s exercise of the First or Second Development Hold Periods it shall be done without necessity of payment for the First and/or Second Development Hold Periods).
******EXTRA MONEY TO APPEAR ON OTHER SHOWS*********
If Host on Syndicated or Cable Series:
One (1) hour series: $10,000 per group of five (5) original broadcast episodes, if strip or per episode, if weekly. One-half (1/2) hour series: $7,500 per group of five (5) original broadcast episodes, if strip or per episode, if weekly. If Host on Network Series: The above host fees shall be increased by fifty percent (50%).
If Co-Host on Syndicated or Cable Series:
One (1) hour series: $7,500 per group of five (5) original broadcast episodes, if strip or per episode, if weekly. One-half (1/2) hour series: $5,000 per group of five (5) original broadcast episodes, if strip or per episode, if weekly.
If Co-Host on Network Series: The above co-host fees shall be increased by fifty percent (50%). The above fees shall be prorated for groups of less than five (5). The above fees shall be for the first season of the Optioned Series. My
annual salary for each of the second and third Optioned Series’ seasons (subject to option exercise) shall be increased by five percent (5%) (cumulative). My annual salary for each of the fourth and fifth Optioned Series’ seasons (subject to option exercise) shall be increased by ten percent (10%) (cumulative).
Stay tuned for part two on 7/12 or 7/13 it will be posted.