Filipina actresses

Nadine Lustre joins Viva project after contract controversy


NADINE LUSTRE. The actress, seen here at the ABS-CBN Ball in 2018, joins a Viva project.

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The actress is seen at a virtual table read with actors Diego Loyzaga and Epy Quizon

Nadine Lustre has joined a Viva project, complying with a court ruling that ordered her to honor her contract with Viva Artists Agency.

The actress was included in a post by filmmaker Yam Laranas, who shared photos from a virtual table read with her, Diego Loyzaga, and Epy Quizon. Yam didn’t go into detail, but tagged Viva Films, Vivamax, and production company Mesh Lab.

In January 2020, Nadine announced that she would be leaving Viva and would be “self-managed.” After leaving Viva, she focused on her music career, and released her album Wildest Dreams in October 2020.

In December 2020, Viva sued Nadine for allegedly violating her contract with them.

In June, a Quezon City court ruled that Nadine should follow her contract with Viva, and ordered the actress to “cease and desist” from entering into new work contracts as an artist or endorser, and from fulfilling deals she signed without Viva’s consent. 

After the ruling, Nadine’s lawyer Lorna Kapunan said they would file a motion for reconsideration on the order. –