Unpaid Wages & Strike Action


Ever since I got here, ATG has intentionally paid wages late (if at all) as some sort of passive-aggressive "don't forget who's boss" tactic. This has resulted in almost weekly arguments with them that eventually leads to Ibrahim shouting at his staff and telling them to get us paid "immediately". If we don't remind them, they do nothing. …

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To Doha Or Not To Doha – Part 2


I went down to breakfast today and bumped into Dominic Smithers, Ray, Terry and Andy. They told me that Simon and Chris had been in the lobby last night and Simon said that Talal had called him and told him we are definitely relocating to Doha. And that we are doing so ASAP. I had …

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Embezzle? Fly? Repeat?


Talal flew out to Qatar Tuesday night. I believe he comes back today. Wages are late again. I should have been paid Wednesday, Dominic and Ray, Tuesday. Andy on Saturday. I emailed Jude (politely) and she emailed me back saying Accounts were promising two payments on Sunday. I had to ask if that was two …

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Money! Money! Money!


So Talal claims that today he is meeting the investors and their advisors to convince them to continue shooting episode 12 in Jordan and to give us more money to do it. The problem is they might very well say, "You've already had enough money to shoot the first episode. What have you done with …

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And The Crisis Just Keeps On Rolling (Unlike Our Cameras)


There's been lots of discussion today. Turns out the reason Chris was not in the office is because he was on Skype all morning to Ahmed who continues to be very angry. Ahmed is insisting that it is the studio who are insisting the production move to Qatar. I feel strongly that the focus should …

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