Angelina Jolie, Control Freak?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt scored more than $14 million when they sold People magazine the first photos of their newborn twins Knox and Vivienne back in August.
As was reported at the time, the couple also enforced a ban on the use of the phrase “Brangelina” to whichever magazine was granted rights to the photos. Now, says the New York Times, the list of demands extended much further than that.
Sources for the paper familiar with the deal say that Jolie crafted an offer that included an assurance that the magazine would only publish positive coverage of the family—not just in that instance, but in the future. The deal also called for an “editorial plan” that would map out the baby-photo layout, the sources add.
People denies that such a deal took place, callig the claims “categorically false.” But this isn’t the first time that Jolie has been accused of manipulating media coverage of herself.
While negotiating the 2006 bid for exclusive photos of her adopted Cambodian son, Maddox, the Changeling actress suggested—through her philanthropic adviser, Trevor Neilson—that the bidding magazines should consider including coverage of her charity work.
“While Angelina and Brad understand the interest in their family, they also expect that the publications who purchase these photos will use them in a way that also draws attention to the needs of the Cambodian people,” read a memo that Nielson sent to editors. “Publications are invited to comment on their editorial plans when submitting their bids.”
People eventually won that bid. The headline for the resulting article? “Angelina Jolie: Mission to Cambodia.”
And while negotiating interviews with Jolie for last year’s A Mighty Heart, reporters were made to sign an agreement stating, “The interview may only be used to promote the picture. In no event may interviewer or media outlet be entitled to run all or any portion of the interview in connection with any other story.” Journos were also made to promise that “the interview will not be used in a manner that is disparaging, demeaning or derogatory to Ms. Jolie.”
When word of the agreement leaked, Jolie blamed it on an overzealous lawyer who was “trying to protect me.”
Silly Angie; everybody knows that you don’t need protecting.