Our Guest Relationships
We foster a relaxed, fully informed and respective relationship with the people we work with to produce the Splat! Show.
Read on to learn more about our relationship with our participants, our model release forms and more!
Our Casting Process & Relationship With Our Participants
The participants, sometimes called contestants or models on this website, have been fully briefed on the concept of The Splat! Show and the nature of our shoots. They are informed from the outset the types of audience who may find interest in The Splat! Show. They are made aware of the site and encouraged to look at the site during the casting process. We give all potential participants a username and password so they don’t need to create their own account to view the entire site. We use site accounts on our website so we can offer a more personalised experience for our users.
All information about the site and shoot is presented to all potential participants upfront and before a shoot takes place so they can make their own decision to shoot with us or not. We do not provide false information about The Splat! Show, the contents or otherwise to any potential participant.
All potential participants have all the information they require to make an informed and independent choice about working with us or not. No pressure is applied from us at any point.
No one is forced to do anything they do not wish to do and we actively encourage questions from participants at all times.
We constantly check in with our participants throughout a shoot to make sure they are ok and to ask if have any questions or issues they wish to raise. We always inform participants what is going to happen before the camera’s start rolling so our they are always informed and treated with respect.
We foster an open and easy working environment at our shoots and the wellbeing of our participants is important to us . We are confident in our casting processes and that every participant has enjoyed their time with us. It is not unusual for participants to return for a follow up shoot after completing their first with us. This is proof, if any is needed, that our participants are at ease with our operations and how we run and handle the shoots in which they appear.
We do not share or post participants full name on the website or in the videos. This is to protect our participants from any unwanted attention that may arise after their appearance on The Splat! Show. Any participant can request that we use their full name if they understand the potential consequences that may arise from such action. This is always discussed before a shoot takes place.
Participants are required to sign a model release form at the end of a shoot. We never ask participants to sign a legally binding model release from before a shoot has taken place. It is only when the shoot has been completed that we then require a model release form to be signed. This is so we can legally release the content in which our participants appear on this website. Our model release forms give us legal consent from the participant to release their material within the law.
Our legally binding model release forms contain all the information regarding the use of the images and videos captured at a shoots plus where they will be presented. Participants are offered a copy of the model release form but are not obliged to accept. They are informed that they can request a copy of their release form at any time by contacting us.
You can view an example of our model release form below.
If after the shoot has been released and a participant wishes us to remove their content, we will always respect their wishes to remove their content.
All guests are over the age of 18. If we have any doubts we will ask for proof of age and record this. All information is added to our model release forms and is completed by the participant only.
All camera and recording equipment is only present in the shooting studio. No cameras or mobile phones (even that of the participants) are permitted in the bathroom or any other rooms used by our participants. This is strictly enforced to protect the privacy of our participants and ensure we offer a safe environment for all our participants.
All model release forms are kept on file and are secured according to strict privacy and data protection policies. We will provide these forms to any authority wishing to view them if they have a valid reason.
Participants who have worked with us can contact us anytime to raise concerns or issues. Any issues or concerns raised will be taken seriously and we will act in a quick and responsible manner to help resolve any issues or concerns.
Our Model Release Forms 2014-2021
Below we have provided a copy of our model release form that our participants have to read in it’s entirety and then complete the form. This release form was used at shoots that took placed between 2014 and late 2021. We do not complete these forms on any participants behalf and it is their own responsibility to provide the information required. Participants are under no obligation or forced to complete a form. Only after a participant has completed a model release form can we release their content onto our website. Every participant who has content available on our website has completed a model release form and we have them all on file as proof.
Our Model Release Forms Late 2021 - Onwards
Our model / participant forms are the foundation of our working relationship with guests, models and participants. We updated our model release forms late in 2021 so all content is on one page. We also now take an image of our models / guests / participants holding their completed release forms for verification. We also collect government issued ID from participants if we have doubts regarding their legal age. All this material is hosted offline for security reasons. Below you will find a copy of our late 2021 and onwards release forms that we use.
Content Removal Transparency Report
As previously stated, if a model / guest or participant asks us to remove their content from our website we will respect their request. We understand that people’s lives and personal circumstances change. We are proud to be open and transparent with not only our guests and participants, but also with everyone else. Here you will find reports regarding removal requests from our participants and their status and outcomes.
Total removal requests received since 2004: 2
Total removal requests approved since 2004: 2
Total removal requests denied (and reasons) since 2004: 0
We really do go above and beyond...
Did you know that every website in the world is automatically archived? You can actually visit a website and see how it looked in the past. Say you wanted to see what a website looked liked in 2010, The Internet Archive (also called The Way Back Machine) makes that possible.
While this is great for certain websites, it does present challenges for a website like ours where the protection of our guests and participants is important. In theory you could go back in time and view our old show pages and images from shows that we no longer offer. This means that even when a guest or participant requests the removal of their content and we do as instructed, the content is not actually gone. It would instead be archived over on the Internet Archive for anyone to view.
We have worked with the Internet archive and we are pleased to announce that they no longer archiving our website and have deleted all previous archived content from www.SplatHQ.com. This means you cannot view old versions of this website on the Internet Archive and this is just another way we are working to ensure we protect and look after the models and participants we work with past, present and in the future.
Our Duty Of Care To Our Guests
We have a duty of care to all the participants who we work with. This starts straight away when we contact any potential participant by providing all the important information regarding The Splat! Show (which is outlined above) and goes all the way through until the shoot is complete.
From Summer 2020 we are extending our duty of care program to cover post shoot. All participants will be given a support package when they leave after their shoot. This pack will contain important information covering various aspects of support we offer. Our duty of care package will include information on what to do if participants wish to have their content removed for any reason, how to promote their appearance on The Splat! Show (if they wish to do so, and is not actively encouraged from us) and advice on how to keep safe from people who may contact them after their appearance on the show, such as undesirables or people who are not who they say they are.
We care greatly for the wellbeing of all our participants and we will continue to review our policies to ensure we meet the standards we have set ourselves and what others expect from us.
The Health and Safety Of Our Guests
The health and safety of our participants is very important to us. We follow a strict policy to ensure that all participants work in a safe and healthy environment at all times.
The Gunge Tank is cleaned throughly after each shoot with disinfectant and other cleaning chemicals. Our Gunge Tank is not just used for The Splat! Show but is also used for private events and other projects by the parent company for The Splat! Show.
Due to the nature of Gunge, slipping can be a hazard. We have systems in place for slip avoidance with the implementation of specialised equipment to minimise the risk of slippage and all participants are told when it is safe to start moving and assistance is always provided to ensure their safety when on their feet in the Gunge Tank. A health and safety briefing is given to all participants before a shoot takes place.
The Gunge used on The Splat! Show meets all industry health and safety standards, is non toxic and is warm to prevent harm to our participants. The shoot takes place in a warm environment. All participants are asked about any health issues they may have before a shoot takes place.
Pre-Season 13 Casting & Content
The Splat! Show was relaunched from season 13 onwards. This took place in 2014 under completely new management.
Shows produced under the Splat! Show name before this date was done in co-operation with other individuals. The casting process from season 13 onwards under operates under a new casting process set out by The Splat! Show for shows produced under new management Casting, participant care and other aspects of the show before season 13 were usually handled by the producers filming content in person. If you need to contact these producers, you can email us here with your query.
As the Splat! Show grew in popularity and size, changes were needed to ensure that The Splat! Show under our management operates in a responsible way to protect the site, brand and our guests.
Much of the contented produced before the show was taken over fully by us is no longer available to purchase on the website. We, the management took this decision as the content produced before the relaunch in 2014 did not meet the same standards and shooting policies now in place under new us. These videos are still offered on our Retro Stream service but are no longer available to own and are limited in a way to protect these participants and our other operations under us.