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↑ Moguls Sony Shake-Up

↑ Moguls Sony Shake-Up Does the new CEO care about Hollywood? p. 12 Film Clint’s Casting Eastwood on why he hired non-actors for 15:17 p. 14 The Re Behind the Headlines ort Heat Index David Benioff & D.B. Weiss The Game of Thrones creators jump to light speed with Lucasfilm to write and produce new Star Wars films (separate from the Rian Johnson trilogy). Charles Harder The litigator for Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Hulk Hogan sees partner Douglas Mirell quit, saying he was “uncomfortable” with the firm’s client list. YOSHIDA: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. BENIOFF: JEFF KRAVITZ/FILMMAGIC FOR HBO. HARDER: COURTESY OF SUBJECT. WALDEN: GREG DOHERTY/GETTY IMAGES. CIRRINCIONE: JOHNNY NUNEZ/WIREIMAGE. Dana Walden & Gary Newman The Fox TV co-CEOs preside over a robust launch for Ryan Murphy’s 911 and see the broadcaster hit No. 1 for the first month of 2018 — before the Super Bowl put NBC back on top. Vincent Cirrincione The producer and manager of Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson shutters his company after nine claims of sexual harassment are reported by The Washington Post. Showbiz Stocks $220.88 (+2.9%) THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CO. (MSG) The venue owner posts strong quarterly earnings thanks to robust ticket sales. $1,005.80 (-10.2%) ALPHABET (GOOG) Google’s parent loses $3 billion in the latest quarter after taking a one-time tax charge of $9.9 billion to account for recent changes in the U.S. tax code. Jan. 29-Feb. 5 ‘Everyone Is Trying to Cover Their Asses as Much as Possible’ Sex abuse insurance? It could happen, as studios race to include broad morality clauses in contracts and dealmakers now must protect against unearthed misconduct claims BY TATIANA SIEGEL Moral turpitude? It’s a concept that showbiz talent soon will be wellacquainted with. The term, which means “an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community,” is popping up in contracts of actors and filmmakers in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has rocked Hollywood. Fox is just one of the studios that is trying to insert broad morality clauses into its talent deals, giving it the ability to terminate any contract “if the talent engages in conduct that results in adverse publicity or notoriety or risks bringing the talent into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule.” A Paramount source says it long has had standards of conduct that it asks employees and talent to adhere to and that it’s reviewing its approach in the new era. At the same time, several smaller distributors have begun to add a clause in their longform contracts that gives them an out if a key individual in a film — whether during or before the term of the contract — committed or is charged with an act considered under state or federal laws to be a felony or crime of moral turpitude. Studios and buyers are responding to the real financial losses incurred in the aftermath of a flurry of sexual harassment and assault accusations and admissions that have enveloped everyone from Kevin Spacey Illustration by Zohar Lazar THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 11 FEBRUARY 7, 2018 to Brett Ratner to Jeremy Piven since October, when Harvey Weinstein first was outed as a predator. Netflix took a $39 million write-down following numerous assault accusations involving House of Cards’ Spacey, who also was poised to play Gore Vidal in a movie for the streamer. CFO David Wells didn’t name Spacey or The Ranch star Danny Masterson, who left the Netflix series following rape accusations, but said the writedown was “related to the societal reset around sexual harassment.” Similarly, All the Money in the World financier Imperative Entertainment had to pony up $10 million to replace Spacey with Christopher Plummer for eleventh-hour reshoots on the