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 to be looking at a third one they have not even invited us to see it this time!

It became abundantly clear that Fozan is working on “Malik” today. When I asked Sari about it he sheepishly said, “He is helping out.” But Fozan journeyed to Taybet Zaman in the new “Malik” director’s car today, spent very nearly all of the day with them, and journeyed back with him. I barely saw or spoke to him. This despite Ibrahim promising me that Fozan was now 100% committed to “Medinah”. Clearly, Ibrahim lied.

Meantime, Anwar and Majid journeyed to London today for a week to do some filming on another show – again despite the fact they know – and we know – that their contract with “Medinah’s” investors requires that they commit 100% to “Medinah”.

And while they’re in London not working on “Medinah”, and Fozan is working on at least one other ATG production, Talal has gone to Doha to tell the investors to cough up further payments so ATG can spend more money ‘on’ a show some of its alleged crew aren’t even working on.

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 organised by Fozan despite his saying he would. No plasterer because fibre glass company insistent it is not necessary. So going to let them try it their way this week from high-res photos then tell them it’s not good enough. 

Fozan is working on “Malik” despite Ibrahim promising he would not be. Sari admitted it. It’s also obvious because Fozan is going down to Taybet Zaman in a second minibus with “Malik’s” new director. 

Fozan has enough to get on with while I’m away. Fibre glass moulds should be ready by the time I am back.

Talal and Ibrahim are going to Doha because financiers are allegedly too slow paying up.

Anwar, Majid, etc., are going to London to shoot another show. 

So it would seem that all these people who are meant to only work on “Medinah” according to the terms of ATG’s agreement with the financiers are all busy working on other projects this week.

Shoot date now postponed till July 25th. I assume they mean this year.