So we’ve been told that the stage where we are supposed to build our sets has fallen through for the second time and Talal is saying local labour is too expensive and maybe we can use work-experience crew — on a series that Ibrahim has told us has a $37.5 million budget…
There’s only one of three ways to look at this, 1) They’re either clueless and too proud to admit it so they’re just bluffing their way through; 2) They are robbing the investors blind; 3) Both.
Why they’d be so stupid to do ‘2’ I don’t know. After all, they could have made five seasons and put 20% in their pockets because that’s allegedly their cut.
When you consider than this company has existed for around thirty years making endless cheap dramas it seems unlikely that they’re so stupid they could not make something. So the “crooked” option seems increasingly likely.
Which is why Ahmed and the Qatari investors need to look at ATG’s accounts for the show. I suspect that close examination might raise questions; like why it says that there is something like six producers and a production manager on the show when we barely ever see the producers and we never see the production manager (perhaps because they’re all working on other shows?).
Bob told me tonight that if he were a betting man he would put his money on 4 to 5 weeks before we all leave. I told him I think ATG is trying to force us to leave; that this is why they keep paying us late. They can’t fire us because only Ahmed can do that. They need us to walk off the project so they can blame it’s collapse on us or insist that it is better to use their own crew. My curiosity compels me to stick around and find out the truth.