Art Dept List

The following makes for interesting reading. It is a list of all the things that are supposed to have been done to date. Each is followed by a recent comment by the art department on progress, which is in turn followed by a comment by ATG’s rep, which is finally followed by a comment by the art department. Note how the ATG rep tries to twist every single point around to make it look Production is dealing with it or the art department is at fault. This is then “shot down” by the art department’s final comment.

This is the censored version. The uncensored version isn’t quite so diplomatic in calling the ATG rep a liar.

  1. Buses Not Purchased – further explanation is needed from Production due to conflicting information. ATG: We have finalised the purchase back when we were still in Jordan right After Eid. We are now waiting for your team to finalise their choice and inspect the actual buses while in Qatar and having Ahmad’s approvals. Art Dept: Since the Art Dept was not told a deal had been done by Production until last week, the Art Dept could not finalise their choice. Update:Production and the Art Dept have now viewed and chosen buses. Production is now finalising purchase.
  2. Deal Not Confirmed With Shatat & Emad – conflicting information on this. Latest is that Ahmed is happy for them to come but for some reason Shatat still has not been offered a deal and Emad has turned down his offer. Shatat will continue to work in Jordan but he is needed in Doha ASAP as his skills are integral to the caves and other sets being built. ATG: The general direction on this subject is to hire local Qataris with the same experience as Shatat and Emad in order for them to gain expertise and your department should train these crews just like they did train Shatat and Emad in Jordan. Therefor, Shatat and Emad should no longer be considered for this project. Art Dept: The Art Dept did not train Emad or Shatat in the skills they were hired for. It is not possible to train people to Shatat’s standard on SketchUp given we need someone of his standard now and he has years of training and experience behind him. Working with him remotely is proving inefficient. Until he is here the Art Dept cannot do its job properly. He is required in Doha immediately.
  3. Head Carpenter Not Pencilled – Cannot be done until a CM has been secured as the CM will choose his own HoDs. ATG: Till today, we still have no contact info on a foreign CM from your end or Dom Devine. Once we receive a valid  CM option with the right standards and rate, we will proceed to contact him and make a deal. Then all his crew will be hired. Art Dept: This isn’t true. You were emailed the details of a suitable CM, Ben Corless, three times. Production has been told, both verbally and by email, that Medinah is out of options for the CM and that we will have to accept Ben’s terms or there will be no sets.
  4. Head Painter Not Pencilled – cannot be hired until Production does a deal with Ben Corless.
  5. Head Sculptor/Plasterer Not Pencilled – cannot be hired until Production does a deal with Ben Corless.
  6. Large Tools In Qatar Not Purchased – delayed until we are there. We have time as workshops are not set up. As agreed, we decided to buy all these tools from Doha and as mentioned we still have time. ATG: Who should make the decision on these lists? You or the CM? So the production can move forward to buying them. Art Dept: Production has had a list of equipment for nearly two months. It was agreed back in Jordan that that equipment would be bought upon arrival in Doha. That has not changed.
  7. Crew Deals Done – see above re CM and his HoDs.
  8. Macs Bought – Ibrahim said this will be bought as soon as we get to Doha. ATG: Now that we are in Doha, we are ready for their purchase. Art Dept: Can we be arrange a purchase date?
  9. Wacom Bought – Ibrahim said this will be bought as soon as we get to Doha. NOTE: Very unlikely it can be bought in Doha. ATG: Now that we are in Doha, we are ready for their purchase. Can we be given a purchase date? Art Dept: This can be bought at iShop in Doha. Can we arrange a purchase date?
  10. Large Tools Delivered To Studio – not done because Aspire have not sent list to [ATG] re contractors. This is regarding the 3rd party contractors we would like to hire to upgrade the hanger to a more usable studio. ATG: I have asked Mosanada for the contacts, They will share with me once they have approval to share these contacts from Aspire. The approval is still pending from Aspire. Last e-mail I received from Mosanada about this issue was an auto reply that they are back in office on the 4th of August. Art Dept: It is now August 8th. Has there been progress on this?
  11. CM To Begin Construction Breakdowns – not done as no CM attached yet. ATG: CM options not provided as mentioned above. See above. Art Dept: Not true. Ben’s details provided three times already. [ATG] to attempt deal with ben. Meantime, Dom is waiting for contact details on two local CMs from [ATG rep].
  12. Car For Devine From 28/7 – not done and no mention of whether it will be. ATG: 2 cars are now available in Doha from Day 1. They are available for use for the team. One of which has been with Devine most of the time. Art Dept: Devine had it for three hours at the time this comment was made and the team had had the cars for 2 1/2 days by then. The Art Dept currently requires a minimum of two cars to do its job properly.
  13. Car for Smithers & Rita from 28/7 – not done and no mention of whether it will be done. ATGTransportation will be available in due time. Art Dept: When is “due time”? Please supply an approximate date.
  14. Plant Hire Gear Delivered To Studio (for blacking out skylights) – not done. ATG: How do you expect to do this remotely? Now that we are in Doha, we can move to achieve this. Art Dept:It could have been arranged through contacts the Art Dept made last time they were in Doha. This has been mentioned previously.
  15. Buses Delivered To Studio. – Not done. See first point above. ATG: See above regarding buses issue. Art Dept: See above re Production not telling Art Dept a deal had been done.
  16. Deal Confirmed With UK Head Carpenter – cannot name or hire until CM has been named. See above.
  17. Deal Confirmed With Head Scenic Painter – See above.
  18. Deal Confirmed With Head Sculptor – See above as explained.
  19. All Prop Sourcing Trips Confirmed (Prague, Egypt, Morocco, Dubai) – Smithers is waiting to hear this has been organised. No news as yet. ATG: Egypt’s trip was scheduled before Eid and was placed on hold because of the political situation right after the bombing their. We still need to both work on scheduling these trips. For the rest of the trips, we need to get your final lists and then we will schedule them in correct order based on the latest action plan for pre prep. ATG:Refer to Smithers for feedback.
  20. Deal Confirmed With Concept Artist – to be followed up in Doha but Jason Human pegged for this post. ATG: Awaiting for an updated date from your side to present to production. We have not received any. Awaiting an Art Dept first. Art Dept: Awaiting an Art Dept office for us to work from so we can decide on a date for him to start.
  21. Deal Confirmed With Draughtsperson – will sort upon arrival in Doha as proving impossible to do in Jordan. ATG: Let us know if you need help. Art Dept: Awaiting an Art Dept office for him to work from.
  1. Materials & Paint Not Ready For Shipping From Amman – Paints paid for. Consumables need to be shipped to Tony for shipping to Doha. Ray sorting this out. ATG: Please provide update. Art Dept: Please speak to Ray for update.
  2. Cave Making Kit Not Ordered – Chris organizing this now. Chris – can you supply latest update? ATG: Awaiting your feedback on this subject. No update from Chris to date. Art Dept: Update was provided to ATG rep over a week ago. To repeat, Johnny Mann is currently working out costs and a schedule. We will let Production know when this is ready.
  3. Art Dept Offices & Workshop Tents Not Ready – Drawings have been submitted to contractor, Al Baddad. Al Baddad is to produce plans and costings. ATG rep to forward plans to Art Dept so we can specify racking and partitioning. Al Baddad reposts  Budget then approved by ATG rep. Then two weeks to build. Currently waiting for Al Baddad to send drawings and budget to ATG rep and on to Art Dept. Temporary offices to be located at hotel until the offices are ready. In progress, Baddad has sent their offer and we are in negotiations. I have told ATG rep I need information back from Al Baddad before finalising internal details of the builds (shelving and other requirements). Since he has not gotten back to me, I should I assume their quote is provisional? Update: Art Dept met Al Baddad reps at office and discussed need for racking, sinks, etc. It was agreed that the Art Dept should attend future meetings with Al Baddad. Not heard anything more. Awaiting news from Production.
  4. ME Spec For Hangar – Last heard, ATG rep was waiting for Aspire to supply Aspire-endorsed contractors. ATG rep was going to email Aspire on Monday to chase this up. ATG rep to provide update. ATG Rep: See as above mentioned. Art Dept: Awaiting feedback from Production as it is now past Aug 4th.
  5. CM Not Pencilled – currently there are three options – Perry, Hugo and Ben.
    1. Ahmed has authorised $??? but Perry will very likely ask for more than $??? on account of all the delays. Dominic expecting an email from him in the next 24 hours. Dom has forwarded his questions to ATG rep. Update: Perry is no longer interested.
    2. Ben is interested and has asked about deal terms. ATG rep needs to speak to Ben. Update: Ben is still free but not for much longer.
    3. Hugo is available he is first checking if he has the crew we need. Update: Hugo is no longer free.

    NOTE: This task could easily slip back to THINGS NOT DONE.

ATG Rep: Waiting confirmation from Devine regarding availability to contact them. Art Dept: ATG Rep was provided with contact details by email for Ben Corless and told he was available a week and a half ago. ATG rep was told that Perry no longer wants to work on Medinah and that Hugo is busy.
  1. Confirmation Of UK Prop Painter & Prop Carpenter – Nearly done. ATG rep sending new amount once it has been agreed. ATG rep: once CM is hired .. will take action. Art Dept: This has nothing to do with CM. It’s a different division of the Art Dept.
  2. Payment To Ray For Romania In Progress – An invoice has not been submitted to ATP with the correct company number. Ray will chase this up once in Doha. ATG Rep: Awaiting the final invoice from Ray.
  3. All Alabaster Purchases Underway – Details sent to Ibrahim by Smithers and payment approved and underway. ATG Rep: Payment approved and ready .. awaiting transfer address from Smithers
  4. Deal Confirmed With Art Dept Runner – Sent Rawda’s name to ATG Rep but she came back asking for QR6000 per week!!! Have meeting with Lolwa Sunday or Monday in Doha at hotel. May hire her instead. ATG Rep: Devine to let ATG rep know. Ahmed has replied to this point . Art Dept: What did Ahmed say? Lolwa is ill and has so far not be available to meet. Rawda did not get back with a better offer. There has been a noticeable lack of interest from local crew. We are investigating the reason for this.
  5. Deal Confirmed With Asst. Art Director – have sent Tayeb’s name toATG rep. ATG rep to arrange deal once in Doha. In progress. ATG rep: Updates please. Art Dept: Tayeb is another person that has not gotten back to us. Will attempt to contact him to ask why.
  6. Deal Confirmed With UPVC Specialists (Johnny Mann) – Chris arranging. Update to come from Chris. ATG rep: Still awaiting update. Art Dept: See above.
  7. Deal Confirmed With Graphic Designer – sent Dawood’s name to ATG rep and vice versa. ATG rep to do deal with Dawood as soon as ATG rep is in Doha. ATG rep: In progress. Art Dept: Dawood told Dominic his interest was on hold while he considered another job offer. And that he would know what he was doing this coming week.
  1. Deal Done With Rita – Done. And She Will Start Aug 8th. ATG rep: Only MOU was signed, she asked for 18,000 QAR  which is over the budget. We will in negotiations. Art Dept: She has apparently started.
  2. Water Tanks Waiting To Ship To Doha – water tanks are at the workshop awaiting shipment to Doha along with all the other gear. Apparently they cannot ship until at least August 5th due to problems with the shipping process. ATG rep: Waiting for Katara to provide us with the required documents for shipping. We met with katara representative and the clearing company and we are working on it. Art Dept: Tanks no longer at workshop as ATG. Terry knows where they were sent to. Art Dept now waiting for shipping to happen.
  3. Jordan Prop-Making Tools & Consumables Purchased & Delivered To Ray – Done. Packing up now to go to Doha. Art Dept: Items at workshop now spread out over Jordan awaiting re-packing so they can ship.
  4. Jordan Purchases (Set Dec) Completed – Yes. Packed to ship to Doha. Art Dept: Items at workshop now spread out over Jordan awaiting re-packing so they can ship.
  1. Tents finished – since they have not even started this deadline will be missed. Ahmed: Who are “they”.? Art Dept: Obviously “they” are Al Baddad.
  2. Blacking out of Studio Skylights Finished – since they have not even started this deadline will be missed. ATG rep: Who’s “They”? Production is waiting for offers from contractors. Art Dept: Waiting for update from Production.
  3. Offices Finished – since they have not even started this deadline will be missed. ATG rep: finalizing with Al baddad. Art Dept: Finalising what exactly?
  4. Car For Ray Perry – no mention of this happening. ATG rep: Same issue again. Art Dept: We are told above they will be supplied in “due time”. But not told when “due time” is.
  5. Prop Trucks Supplied in Doha – no mention of this happening. ATG rep: Will happen upon request and once needed. Art Dept? *Who* will decide when they are “needed”?
  6. Construction Consumables Ordered – to be sorted once there. ATG rep: Awaiting list. Art Dept: Awaiting Production doing deal with CM.
  7. CM Flies To Doha – not possible as no CM has been contracted. ATG rep: See CM issue above. Art Dept: See CM issue above.
  8. Hangar Sound Insulation Done – since they have not even started this deadline will be missed. ATG rep: Deadline was set with no consultation. Art Dept: Not true. Chris sought feedback from Production. None was given.
  9. CM Starts Work – not possible as no CM contracted. ATG rep: See CM issue above. Art Dept: See CM issue above.
  10. Construction Materials Ready At Workshop – no workshops so not possible. ATG rep: Deadline was set with no consultation. Art Dept: Not true. Chris sought feedback from Production. None was given.
  11. Cave Making Kit Shipped From UK – In progress. Johnny Mann and Sam Stoakes to supply. ATG rep: No details have been sent to production. Art Dept: ATG rep has been updated on this but has apparently forgotten.
  12. Construction Consumables Delivered To Workshop – no workshops so not possible. ATG repWhat consumables? Art Dept: Those mentioned in 43.

Arrested Development

It’s been a month since I made an entry in this blog. The truth is that it is exhausting enough having to deal with this company never mind having to have to write about it afterwards.

Currently we are in Doha, Qatar. We arrived on Saturday and already the rot has begun to set in.

Yesterday, I had a meeting with Ahmed – the series creator – in which I asked him what it was he was hoping to get now we were here. Meantime, I was told today by Ray Perry, who had spoken to Terry, that Ibrahim had been heard saying that filming of the series was never going to happen in Doha. This did not bode well.

Several weeks earlier, I have been told by Abdul that Talal had told him that the series would never be shot in Doha. Apparently, Talal told Abdul that ATG would “go through the motions” (or words to that affect) and act like it really intended to shoot the series in Doha, but when the Qatari people found out how much it was going to cost to film in Doha they would panic and the shoot would revert back to Jordan. That might explain why ATG has been working feverishly on a first season budget which, I have heard, will top $125 million.

This seems to fall in line with Arab Telemedia’s Production Crew’s behaviour here in Qatar. So far they’ve bought over the absolute barest minimum of Arab Telemedia crew. They have taken all of the good people we had, kept them in Jordan, and attempted to stick them on other projects being produced by Arab Telemedia. Meantime, nothing is really happening here apart from meetings.

Take for example Abdul. Currently he is stuck at Arab Telemedia 1 in Jordan where he is being hassled to work on other projects. This is despite the fact that Chris and I have repeatedly told Arab Telemedia’s producers that we need him with us. But Arab Telemedia simply doesn’t care what we think.

The story of Abdul’s failure to end up working here in Qatar is highly representative of the unethical and insidious work practices of Arab Telemedia. When we first said that we needed Abdul to come with us, he was repeatedly offered work as a full-time employee at Arab Telemedia. However, he kept turning the offers down. When it became clear to Arab Telemedia that he was not going to agree to become a full-time employee, Arab Telemedia went cold on the idea of allowing us to bring him to Qatar.

The question is why?

My own personal suspicion, and this has been mentioned by several other people, is that Arab Telemedia would have been happy for him to come here if he was an employee of the company because they could pay him a pittance while charging the investors considerably more. However, since Abdul refused to be an employee they were not able to use him as a ‘cash cow’. As a consequence, they refused to allow him to come despite the fact he is an essential and integral part of the Art Department.

Another theory is that’s Ibrahim blocked Abdul coming because Abdul has had arguments in the past with Ibrahim because ATG always pays Abdul late (at one point, nearly six weeks late). So the arguments have always revolve around Ibrahim’s broken promises and Arab Telemedia’s constant failure to pay Abdul’s wages on time.

In an interview today, an ATG employee – Khaldoon – told Abdul that if he became a full-time employee he would no longer have to worry about being paid on time. This was a threat and an acknowledgement of their principle of not paying freelancers properly in an effort to wear them down and make them staff.

Currently Chris is threatening to quit “Medinah” if they do not get Abdul out here. Another reason Chris is threatening to quit is that Arab Telemedia has not paid his wages for the last 4 1/2 weeks. Arab Telemedia cannot claim this is “accidental” because Chris has been reminding them of their failure to pay his wages for the last month. I might also add that the rest of the art department is behind on receiving their wages too.

Before EID (a Arabic festival that took place two weekends ago), Issam was working in the Art Department buildings – a ten minute drive from the production offices as the show’s Line Producer. Line Producers normally wield a lot of power, but it was my observation that ATG had intentionally managed to make Issam powerless by not paying him (at this time, they haven’t paid him for three months!).

Anyway, when Talal got back from Doha, it wasn’t long before things suddenly changed. Issam disappeared. We soon discovered that he was now working in the main offices of Arab Telemedia. But not only had he changed location, his attitude had changed as well. Once a friend to the Art Department, he was now “one of them”. What had suddenly switched Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde…?

(On an aside, it is ridiculous that the UK crew and ATG see each other as enemies. We try hard not to but they very clearly see us as the enemy and nothing we do to placate them seems t change that. More on this in a later blog entry).

What we heard, which makes sense, was that as a result of Talal’s meeting with the investors in Doha in which – I presume – his lie about the cost of the fortress set was exposed, Issam was to be granted more powers. By the time we relocated to Doha, Issam would be signing for payments as well.

It does not take much imagination to realise what had happened. After Talal was told by the investors that Issam must be granted more power, you would thin that Talal has a problem. But he did not, because at this point Issam was owed around $30-40,000. All Talal had to do was to threaten to not pay Issam and to keep him close by. This is why Issam had suddenly switched sides – he had no choice.

You could argue that Issam is a victim in this situation. And you would be right. The result is that the show has become thoroughly compromised because the Line Producer is supposed to act on behalf of the investors. But Talal has nailed Issam to the wall with the money he is owed. So clearly Issam cannot act on the show’s behalf. How he feels about this, I do not know. 

Today, there was a meeting between the Production and the Art Department to discuss our plan of action over the next 12 weeks. Chris very nearly did not attend.

Last night, he had emailed Issam telling him he was no longer a part of the Medinah team. This was because he had not been paid for the last five weeks, and because Production continued to refuse to bring Abdul over to Qatar. But Chris’s resignation was also a consequence of another ongoing issue.

For the last few weeks we had regularly been emailing Production a “list of things to be done by Production” so that the Art Department could get on with their work. Some of those things were difficult. Others were easy. Others should have been easy. But to date Production has pretty much done none of them.

Last night, Issam sent an email in response to this list in which he accused the Art Department of being hellbent on making life difficult for Production. He then proceeded to go through each point saying why they were effectively each the fault of the Art Department. I shall include that list below so you can decide for yourself. The point of the list was not to make life difficult for Production. It was to see if Production would start to do their job properly again. But the real reason Issam sent that email was to arrest control from the Art Department and to give it back to Production through the meeting we had today. In short, our Art Dept list was to be replaced by today’s Production list that would be cobbled together by Anwar.

Earlier yesterday evening, Chris had a major confrontation with Production and Ahmed over his wages and ATG’s failure to bring Abdul to Qatar. By all accounts, it did not go well. As a result of the meeting and Issam’s email, Chris had had enough and he emailed Issam to say that he had quit.

Despite this, Chris arrived at the meeting having been persuaded to attend by Simon, the director. Ironically Simon later said that Chris should not have attended the meeting because it made his and everybody else’s threats look hollow. (I have been saying this for weeks!) That said, the meeting began somewhat amicably.

Towards the latter part of the afternoon, I brought up the subject of the Construction Manager. Issam had claimed in the previous night’s email, that I had not provided him with contact details for any construction managers (which was not true as I had provided him with them the previous day, the previous Thursday, and the previous Wednesday). I had also told him that we had lost two CMs – Perry and Hugo – and several other construction managers I had approached because of ATP’s refusal to make a commitment. I made the point that we were in a very difficult situation. I told everyone present that we had only one option for a construction manager left.

Ben, an Australian construction manager, had told me that he was available and interested. I had emailed his details to Issam twice the previous week and again yesterday. Issam finally contacted Ben by email and made an offer that threatened to jeopardise Ben’s involvement in the show. Why? Ben had asked if it was a five or six day week. Issam wrote back saying the pay was way below what Ben would expect and that it was also a six-day week. His approach was like a bull in a China shop – almost as if the intention was to alienate Ben.

The entire UK Art Department then preceded to tell Issam that if we were to force the issue of the six-day we would likely lose Ben. Issam was very unhappy about this. He said that his concern was that if he allowed Ben to do a five-day week this would snowball and it would not be long before the entire Art Department wanted a five-day week. We acknowledged that this was a problem. But the point that I stressed was that hiring a CM was a more immediate problem since there were no other options – ATP had exhausted the all.

A good half hour went by while Production, and to a lesser degree Ahmed, argued about how they should agree a five-day week. I kept saying it was because we no longer had a choice. I did not point out that we no longer had a choice because Issam had repeatedly screwed up hiring a construction manager capable of doing the job. (a previous CM had agreed to do it for ATP’s proposed rate but they’d messed him about so much he went and got another job).

Finally, Issam stormed out of the office accusing the Art Department of bullying him and being unreasonable. First Smithers and then I went out to talk to him. We explained that we were not bullying him; rather we were trying to resolve a very serious problem because without a construction manager capable of handling a show of this size there would be no sets, which meant there would be no show.

I had already said in the meeting that if we did not choose Ben and instead decided to see if we could find someone else it would be like playing Russian roulette. Issam refused to believe there could be no other construction managers left. I agreed. I said that was not the problem; the problem was that we had exhausted all of our leads and we had no idea how to find good construction managers who might be available. I said that we might be lucky and find one tomorrow or it could be a week or it could be a month. Our problem, I said, was that we did not have time to find this out because the construction manager was already supposed to be breaking down set plans weeks ago.

Things calmed down. But we were left with a very real problem. And it’s the same problem we’ve had since I got here 4 1/2 months ago and before that when Chris got here and Simon; Arab Telemedia do not listen.

They accuse everybody else of not listening but they fail to listen in the meantime. Issam remarked that we seem hellbent on only using UK crew. We told him that we have every intention of using local crew and training them up but we can only do that if we have the UK crew to train them. Issam said we had made no effort at all to work with local crew. I told him that that was not true and that he knew it because I’d spent the last two months trying to work with Fozan despite Fozan not being a construction manager.

Arguing with ATG employees — and Issam is now one of them — is like arguing with a child. I do wonder if I should read “How To Talk To Children So They’ll Listen”. It really is that bad. If they don’t like what they hear, they don’t hear it. If they don’t like what they see, they don’t see it. They are an impossible company.

In conclusion, we are no more further forward then we were when we were in Jordan. We have lost Abdul, the only person we had who was capable of doing some of the specialised work we need. We have lost Sari who was the only person in Production who seemed to have any idea what he was doing. We have effectively lost Issam who has now become a “tool” (willing or not, I don’t know) of Arab Telemedia.

Meantime, Arab Telemedia is playing the waiting game. Talal told Abdul it was only a matter of time before the shoot went back to Jordan. Two days ago, Ibrahim was overheard saying that this show was never going to get filmed. He may have meant in Qatar. I don’t know.

Ahmed told me yesterday that the budget now is the same as it has always been. This means the budget is still approximately $40 million. I also know that ATG has ordered Issam to do a budget (for filming in Qatar) that is over $100 million. When Ahmed sees that budget he will be furious. This is clearly part of Arab Telemedia’s game-plan. They want a budget that will force the show back to Jordan where Ahmed and the Studio cannot keep an eye on ATG.

The perversity of all this (and I’ve said this before) is that the show could have been shot for $40 million. It just required people who knew what they are doing, and Arab Telemedia clearly not. They haven’t even done something as simple as fix the script locations despite having had months to do it. Today, the production manager, Majid, was out buying shopping bags full of water and biscuits for our meeting. I don’t think I’ve seen a production manager do that since I was a student at film school.

And that pretty much sums this entire production up…

…a show led by a bunch of film students telling a bunch of seasoned professionals how to do the job. There is not a hope in Hell of this show ever getting made so long as Arab Telemedia continues to be attached to it. I suspect they will shoot something eventually, just so they can pretend they were serious about doing so, but they will do it their way and then blame the resultant debacle on the director.

ATG has to go. The question is, when will this happen? And will the show survive it? Or will all the money be gone by then…?

NOTE ADDED May 20th, 2016 (as I forgot to add it at the time of writing the above entry!) – The following email and list was sent to ATG on July 14th, 2015. After which observed ATG do practically nothing on this list within the timeframe specified (they did hire Rita and give Ray a car, but that was practically it). When we continued to update this list showing that ATP was doing next to nothing, they got aggressive and started accusing us of attempting to sabotage the show (while all the time not paying our wages too):-

Email From Chris to Arab Telemedia suggesting way forward

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