Nudity clauses becoming standard on TV network

Washington: Nudity clause, which was once uncommon on TV, is now becoming an everyday part of contract negotiations. The document, which is usually around one page, normally includes which body parts can be shown, from which angle and for how long.

“The nudity rider spells out exactly what an actor agrees to do in a role: partial nudity, full frontal nudity - even simulated sex,” LA attorney Brian J. Murphy was quoted as saying.

Shows like NBC’s ‘Playboy Club’ negotiated detailed nudity riders with main actors to cover scenes filmed for DVD or overseas use. “You have to be careful not to put yourself in a position where you might be taken advantage of,” said 19 year-old Vanessa Marano of ‘Switched at Birth’.

“Especially if you are not a series regular and you are just a woman going in for a guest spot on cable, they will expect you to take it off. I did ‘Dexter,’ and there were people naked everywhere on that. I was safe because I was underage, but if I were older, my clothes would have probably had to come off,” Marano added.


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