Hollywood bosses are inserting clauses into actors’ contracts to stop them leaking film information on social networking sites such as Twitter.
Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers, who are due to make a Shrek follow-up next year for studio DreamWorks, are among the stars affected by the move, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Entertainment paper The Hollywood Reporter said a recent talent contract from Disney includes a new clause 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 move comes after American Idol judge Paula Abdul dramatically announced her resignation on Twitter earlier this year.