“We gave them an actor’s lounge!” – Generations’ bosses
Generations’ bosses, including Acting CEO of the SABC Tian Olivier, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, producer Friedrich Stark and Generations creator and executive producer Mfundi Vundla had their say about the dramatic axing of 16 of the show’s actors.
But what did they actually mean? We translate.
WHAT THEY SAID: “You cannot hold the SABC at ransom. There are processes that should have been followed.” – Motsoeneng
TRANSLATION: When we decide to let you, we let you go. This isn’t some obscure action movie from 1998 that we air on our channels. This is real life.
WHAT THEY SAID: “Disputes will always be there but they must be sorted out amicably.” – Motsoeneng
TRANSLATION: We fired 16 principle actors at once. Auditions will be open for a new cast soon. Call us.
WHAT THEY SAID: “The actors have said they are being paid peanuts. We will address all those issues today.” –Vundla
TRANSLATION: We pay most of the fired actors R55 000 a month. What the broadcaster and production company earn is an issue we’ll address at a never stage.
WHAT THEY SAID: “I am curious. When an actor says I am underpaid, why don’t you interrogate this as journalists?” – Vundla
TRANSLATION: Let me distract you for a second so you briefly forget why we’re here.
WHAT THEY SAID: “We have terminated services. They got individual letters terminating their services. Generations lives.” -Vundla
TRANSLATION: Haha I’m still going to make tons of money from this show.
WHAT THEY SAID: “There is a risk. We are excited about the risk. When we come back, man, it’s gonna be great.” –Vundla
TRANSLATION: The writers will wipe out the old cast with Ebola or a small Gauteng earthquake. We’ll continue on like it never happened, never to refer to the old characters again.
WHAT THEY SAID: “It was war to try and get to a place where we reach a point of agreement.” – Motsoeneng
TRANSLATION: They gave us their list of demands and we said no.
WHAT THEY SAID: “So many people watch Generations. Even I watch it. I love it. “ – Motsoeneng
TRANSLATION: I love the characters too! Not paying them more was very hard for me.
WHAT THEY SAID: “If I divorce Verona another man is waiting for Verona. We are creating employment. People must work.” – Motsoeneng
TRANSLATION: You close one man’s poor salary; you open another man’s great salary.
WHAT THEY SAID: “Actors get about six weeks production break on average.”
TRANSLATION: We follow labour laws and should be commended for that
WHAT THEY SAID: “We give them three meals a day. We respect them. They have an actor’s lounge.” –Stark
TRANSLATION: We pay them mostly in food and a room to call their own.
WHAT THEY SAID: “We speak about the talent but who thinks about the behind the scenes talent? They work hard. They earn less.” -Stark
TRANSLATION: All of a sudden actors want to talk about what actors deserve. How ridiculous? What about Tina who makes the tea? What does she deserve as an actor?
WHAT THEY SAID: “One actor nearly had a stroke he had a clot in his brain, no medical aid. He was in a clinic. I paid.” -Vundla
TRANSLATION: They owe me their lives.