Email To Ibrahim re UK CM


I sent the following email to Ibrahim this morning:- I have no problem with how ATG makes shoots if what we are making is a low-budget Bedouin drama. But we are not. This is supposed to be Jordan's and Qatar's - in fact, the Middle East's - biggest ever production and yet Talal insists on …

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Taybet Zaman

Taybet Zaman & Misappropriation Of Crew


Fozan and I recced Taybet Zaman today for the Fortress set build and we both agreed - it is far from ideal. The fortress should be impressive. The Taybet Zaman courtyard is small. Ideally it should be built on a backlot, but ATG has already failed to get a backlot twice and while they claim …

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Email To Chris Richmond


On way to recce today. I just sent this email to the designer, Chris Richmond. From what I have been told, ATG's contract with the financiers clearly states "Medinah" crew cannot work on other shows. Hasn't stopped them though. They do it all the time. Email as follows:- Off to do recce today. No scaffolder …

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Busy Doing Nothing…


Today a recce got cancelled because we didn't have a scaffolder and plasterer to go with us. To be fair, it's another company that's saying it can't send the plasterer. But if ATG gave me a car and consent to pay them to do it I could organise it. But they don't give me these …

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Audio Recording (of “Meeting Given Go-Ahead. But No Go-Ahead For The $7,000 Set!”)


In case you wanted to hear it yourself, here's the audio recording of meeting in which Talal dismissed Simon - the director - by calling him a "used car salesman", accuses the international crew of constantly interrupting him (while constantly interrupting them), storms out the room in a huff, and expresses significant concerns about Ahmed. In Talal's …

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