MTV Shuga -Auditions- 2016 Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

MTV Shuga Open and Online Auditions 2016

MTV Base and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation (together “MTV SAF”) are inviting South African actors to audition for the upcoming production of the award-winning TV drama MTV Shuga (“MTV Shuga”).

The producers of MTV Shuga are looking to cast new talent to fill a range of male and female roles in the series. These are the general terms and conditions for the audition for MTV Shuga series 5 on Saturday 15 October 2016 (the “Open Audition”) and also for any auditions submitted online (“Online Audition”) (together the “Initiative”). Filming for MTV Shuga series 5 is intended to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa between December and January 2016.

By participating in the Initiative, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, which govern the relationship between you and MTV Staying Alive UK trading as the Staying Alive Foundation (“SAF”, “we”, “our” or “us”).

  • Initiative Details

The Open Audition will be held on Saturday 15 October 2016 between the hours of 8.30am and 6pm at:Bassline, 10 Henry Nxumalo St, Johannesburg, 2119, (the “Venue”)

Provided you comply with Eligibility Criteria below, you will be assigned an audition number upon your arrival at the Venue. We will aim to audition the first 100 eligible entrants however SAF does not guarantee to audition any minimum number of people and we may end the Open Audition before your turn.

Alternatively, if you cannot attend the Open Audition, you can enter via the Online Audition, as described above. You must submit a 40 second video of yourself on your mobile phone and post the video on your personal Instagram or Twitter account with the hashtag #MTVShuga5 . The video must include you reading a script, available here. Internet costs may vary so entrants should check with their service provider for current charges and seek the permission of the person paying the bill before entering. One (1) entry per person. SAF may make submitted Online Audition available online, at its discretion.

  • Eligibility Criteria


To participate in the Initiative, you must meet the Eligibility Critieria.

In addition, and in respect of the Open Auditions only, you must

  • meet the Eligibility Criteria set out below;
  • accurately complete and sign the talent form (copies of which shall be available on the website and at the Open Audition) and release and/or any other paperwork provided to you at the Open Audition. All forms must be filled out completely and truthfully. If you fail to complete any form, give any false information, or fail to reveal any pertinent information you may be discounted; and
  • attend the Location on the date/times stated above with valid identification;

If you enter the Online Audition, you may be required to accurately complete a talent form (copies of which shall be available on the website and/or any other paperwork provided as requested by SAF. All forms must be filled out completely and truthfully. If you fail to complete any form, give any false information, or fail to reveal any pertinent information you may be discounted

All entrants must:

  • be a South African citizen or be eligible to work in South Africa without the requirement of a work permit;
  • on the date of entering the Initiative, be aged between 18 and 35 (and you will be required to show proof of age);
  • speak fluent English;
  • have no criminal record; and
  • be available, on reasonable notice, for filming at such location as we direct between December 2016 to January 2017

(the “Eligibility Criteria”).


  • Available Roles

There will be an opportunity for four people to be filmed for a walk on role in MTV Shuga series 5 (a “Support Role”). SAF’s panel of judges will select, in their absolute discretion, two female and two male finalists from the Initiative entries and will notify the such people of their decision at the beginning of November. Online Audition winners, if applicable, will be contacted via your Twitter or Instagram accounts.

If you are selected for a Support Role, you acknowledge and agree that you may be disqualified or substituted if:

  • we have reasonable grounds for believing that you do not meet the Eligibility Criteria or have not complied with these terms and conditions; or
  • we are not able to contact you or you fail to contact us as requested within a reasonable time.

For the avoidance of doubt, if you are offered a Support Role, you will not receive anything other than the opportunity to be filmed for MTV Shuga series 5 as set out in this clause. You are responsible for relevant travel and accommodation costs, spending money and any other costs or expenses you may incur in connection with the Support Role.

The inclusion in MTV Shuga series 5 of any footage in which you appear in connection with the Support Role is at our sole discretion and we give no guarantees as to screen time (if any).

If you are offered a Support Role, you will be required to enter into a filming release prior to filming and you may be required to provide a written acknowledgement of acceptance of all these terms and conditions.

  • Promotional appearances

Should you be offered a Support Role, you agree to make yourself available (for no financial consideration) to SAF for such reasonable promotional appearances, press conferences and/or photo shoots as may be required.

  • Release and Intellectual Property

You agree that SAF (and our appointed third parties) has the right to film, record, tape and photograph you during and in connection with the filming of the Open Auditions.

Further, You hereby assign, and confirm you have the right to assign, to SAF all present and future intellectual property rights and related rights (including, without limitation, copyright and performer’s property rights and all like rights) in and to your appearance in films, recordings, videotapes, photographs and/or any other materials (i) created by or on behalf of SAF; and (ii) created by you,at and/or in connection with the Initiatives, whether online or in person (the “Materials”).  You hereby grant all necessary consents, including, without limitation, copyright laws, rules and regulations, to SAF and its licensees, successors and assigns worldwide to use and exploit the Materials worldwide in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered, without restriction, and unconditionally and irrevocably waive, in favour of SAF and its licensees, successors and assigns, all moral rights, droits moral or rights of a similar nature, insofar as is legally possible,  as you now have or hereafter acquire anywhere in the world in relation to your appearance in and/or contribution to the Materials and any part thereof. All right and title in and to the Materials shall vest in MTV SAF, and MTV SAF shall be entitled to use and exploit the Materials in whole or in part as it may at its absolute discretion determine.

  • Behaviour

You must not swear during your participation in the Initiative or do or say anything which is obscene, defamatory, infringes any third party rights or may damage or prejudice the interest of SAF, MTV or any of their affiliates. You must not bring any weapons, alcohol or controlled substances to the Open Audition. You must not wear any gang colours or clothing which reveals any tattoos, or prominently features designer names, brand names, logos or which bears the name or likeness of any celebrity or person of repute (living or dead). If you do wear such clothing you will be required to change or cover relevant parts of such clothing prior to being permitted to audition.

We reserve the right to disqualify you from the Initiative at any time if we believe that you have or are reasonably likely to breach these terms and conditions or that your behaviour is inappropriate.

  • Confidentiality

If you are offered a Support Role you agree that you will not inform or disclose to anyone at all that you have been offered a Support Role until we give you permission to do so. As part of your obligations of confidentiality, you agree not to make any public announcement (including, for example, on Twitter, Facebook, other social media or any blogs) or issue any press releases relating to the Initiative until we confirm that you may do so. If you do not comply with this clause, your audition may be immediately discounted.

  • Social media guidelines

You confirm and promise that you shall immediately at SAF’s request remove such Online Audition content as SAF directs and/or any link thereto from Instagram or Twitter and any other platform or website on which the content has been available by or on behalf of the entrant in connection with the Initiative.

If we give you permission to publicly disclose that you have been selected for a Support Role or otherwise comment on the Initiative, you should always follow these guidelines and any other directions we may give to you:

  • Don’t swear or use offensive language (blasphemy etc).
  • Don’t make any comments that are false or that could damage a person’s reputation eg “X is a drunk”, “Y was drugged up” “Z is a liar”.  Similarly, you should not repeat such comments even when they have been said by someone else, eg “He said she cheated on lots of guys.”
  • Don’t use any graphic or sexual descriptions or innuendos.
  • Don’t refer to other brands or advertise/promote other products.
  • Don’t make any religious or political comments.
  • Do not incite hate or write or say anything racist/sexist or otherwise likely to cause offence.
  • Do not encourage or condone violence.
  • Do not promote or glorify smoking/taking drugs/drinking alcohol.
  • When expressing an opinion make it clear that it is your personal opinion.
  • Try and be objective and always present balanced arguments – both sides of the story.
  • Don’t repeat any unsubstantiated rumours.


  • Changes

We reserve the right to change:

  • the date, time and/or location of the Open Audition;
  • any of the Eligibility Criteria;
  • these terms and conditions

at any time and we will, where reasonably practicable, give you notice of such changes. We will not be liable for any such changes or for any errors in any materials or information associated with the Initiative.

  • Personal information

Any personal information collected in connection with the Initiative, including the information in any application form or release, will be used (a) solely in connection with the Initiative (and which may include the disclosure of personal information to our affiliates and members of the MTV group); and (b) for any purpose for which you specifically opt in and will not be disclosed except where necessary in connection with the Imitative (including, without limitation, displaying a selection of audition entries on our and MTV websites) and/or for any purposes for which you have opted in. If you give us permission to pass on your personal information to a third party then this shall no longer be the responsibility of SAF and shall be subject to the privacy policy of that third party.

  • Miscellaneous

SAF can accept no responsibility for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or undelivered. Incomplete entries will not be considered. SAF shall not be responsible for technical errors in telecommunications networks, Internet access or otherwise preventing submission of an entry

SAF, MTV and in each case their officers, personnel and agents disclaim all liability to the greatest extent permissible at law, for any loss you incur arising out of or in connection with the Initiative other than death or personal injury caused by our negligence and/or deceit or fraud by us.

We shall not be liable for any delay in performing or partial or total failure to perform any of our obligations under these terms and conditions if such delay or failure is caused by circumstances beyond our reasonable control including, without limitation delays (to postal services or otherwise), changes, disruptions, cancellations, diversions or substitutions howsoever caused including, without limitation, as a result of war, terrorist action or threatened terrorist action, strikes, hostilities, civil commotions, legal or regulatory changes, accidents, fire, flood or natural catastrophes. For the avoidance of doubt, you shall be solely liable for any additional costs incurred as a result.

Nothing in these terms and conditions shall restrict SAF from doing anything necessary to ensure that we (and/or our affiliates) comply with our legal or regulatory obligations and we may cancel or amend the Initiative (in whole or any part thereof) if to not do so would place us in breach of applicable law or, in our reasonable opinion, impair the reputation of SAF or any of our affiliated companies.

Each provision excluding or limiting liability is to be construed separately and will apply and survive even if for any reason any of the other provisions are held to be inapplicable or unenforceable in any circumstances. Each of the provisions excluding or limiting liability will remain in force notwithstanding any termination of these terms and conditions.