From what we know thus far, it doesn’t look positive for Brown and, as a result, the Nine Network.
The Daily Telegraph today publishes excerpts from emails sent between Seven’s Head of Production Brad Lyons and Brown’s camp.
“We want to be clear that should Mel become available to work in Australia during the relevant (2013) period, it is with the Seven Network,” Lyons wrote on February 26. “I am wanting to give you what you want but I would look pretty silly if we let her out and she appears on a rival network! We know this isn’t the intention and that you can see we’re trying to help you.”
Lyons had also written to Belafonte saying “to finalise the release, we agree you can do America’s Got Talent in the US so long as you don’t work in Australia during our original period … or if you do it is with the Seven Network.”
Both parties agreed last December that Seven would be the only Australian network she appeared on from February 1 this year until January 2014.
Seven should also be able to defend that it wasn’t just X Factor that was impacted by her departure but also Dancing with the Stars, where she served as co-host.