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2014 Primetime Emmy Awards: The Winners

Amy Poehler, left, and Host Seth Meyers speak on stage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

It was a big night for Breaking Bad and Modern Family, taking top honours in most of the key categories they were nominated form including Outstanding Drama and Comedy, respectively. 

While many expected HBO's True Detective to take top honours, it wasn't to be. Many of us are shocked, though, that Modern Family won, especially with better comedies like The Big Bang Theory, Veep and Orange is the New Black. 

Aaron Paul, from left, Anna Gunn, Bryan Cranston, Betsy Brandt, Jesse Plemons, Laura Fraser and RJ Mitte pose in the press room with the award for outstanding drama series for "Breaking Bad" at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Actor, Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Actress, Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Sarah Hyland, from left, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Ed O'Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Rico Rodriguez pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Actor, Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Actress, Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Allison Janney, Mom

 Stephen Colbert, winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series for 'The Colbert Report,' poses in the press room during the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA, 25 August 2014. The Primetime Emmy Awards celebrate excellence in national primetime television programming. EPA/PAUL BUCK
Actor, Miniseries Or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Actress, Miniseries Or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
The Colbert Report

Playwright Larry Kramer (3rd from R) and the cast and crew pose with their Outstanding Television Movie award for HBO's "The Normal Heart" at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES -Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(EMMYS-BACKSTAGE)
Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
The Normal Heart


@MTVza VMAs: The Winners

Beyonce performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
It was Beyoncé's big night at the MTV Video Music Awards last night and while Beyonce's performance was the highlight of the evening, the awards weren't really THAT awesome. I guess after last year's antics and drama, nothing can compare for the next few years. That's OUR take on it. You can catch the delayed awards ceremony tonight on MTV (DStv 130) from 8pm. 

Beyoncé wasn't the only winner on the night. Ariana Grande, Lorde and Miley Cyrus were also big winners. Check out the full winners list: 

Singer Miley Cyrus poses backstage after winning Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(MTV-SHOW)
Video Of The Year:
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
Best Hip Hop:
Drake Ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
Best Male:
Ed Sheeran - "Sing"
Best Female:
Katy Perry Ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"
Best Pop:
Ariana Grande Ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"

Recording artist Lorde poses backstage with her award for Best Rock Video during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(MTV-SHOW)
Best Rock:
Lorde - "Royals"
Mtv Artist To Watch:
Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin On"
Best Collaboration:
Beyoncé Ft. Jay Z - "Drunk In Love"
Mtv Clubland Award:
Zedd Ft. Hayley Williams - "Stay The Night"
Best Video With A Social Message
Beyoncé - "Pretty Hurts"

Eminem performs on stage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: Entertainment) (MTV-SHOW)
Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire - "Reflektor"

Best Editing
Eminem - "Rap God"
Best Choreography
Sia - "Chandelier"

Best Direction
Dj Snake & Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What"

Michael Clifford, from left, Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, and Calum Hood of 5 Seconds of Summer performs at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Best Visual Effects
Ok Go - "The Writing's On The Wall"
Best Lyric Video
5 Seconds Of Summer – “Don’t Stop”
Best Cinematography
Beyoncé - "Pretty Hurts"

The Best Moments from the @MTVza #VMAs

As predicted, it was Beyoncé night. The signer walked away with four awards, including the MTV VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The 20 minute performance she did and then Blue Ivy and Jay Z coming on stage to give her the award, was really great. Plus she SHUT DOWN THE RUMOURS! Jay and Bey are for real, yo! For real! But many other things happened at the MTV VMAs, which you can catch on MTV tonight at 8pm. The Washington Post's Emily Yahr lists the best moments of the night.

Thanks to Miley Cyrus’s ridiculous opening performance last year, we might have had unrealistic expectations for the craziness of the MTV Video Music Awards. Save for an epic finale by Beyoncé — and an adorable appearance by Jay Z and Blue Ivy — it was a rather low-key show.

Here are some of the highlights and what you missed:

So yeah, that Beyoncé moment. Maybe the show was so laidback so that no one would overshadow the Queen Bey herself. The superstar, honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, delivered an intense 15-minute performance with excerpts from various songs (“***Flawless,” “Drunk in Love,” “Mine,” etc.) and mesmerizing dancing throughout them all. (Read more about the segment here.)

The best part? Husband Jay Z arriving on stage with their toddler daughter, Blue Ivy, to present his wife with the award, calling her “the greatest living entertainer.” Beyoncé was near tears as she accepted it, and the whole family embraced in a hug.

Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaborated somewhat seamlessly for the opening performance of “Bang Bang” — though Minaj stole all the thunder with her wardrobe malfunction, expertly holding her dress together like this happens all the time.

Minaj also kicked things off by twerking through her latest single, “Anaconda,” while covered in snake scales and the censors worked overtime to bleep out certain words from the lyrics. Bonus: There were no actual snakes to be found on stage, given that one bit Minaj’s back-up dancer during rehearsals.

Taylor Swift dressed in a sparkly two-piece surrounded by tuxedo-clad gentleman for a rendition of her new song “Shake It Off,” taking her awkward dance moves to new heights. It wasn’t nearly as bizarre as anything she did dancing in her seat, as usual. 

Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff channeled some old school Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake for their denim wardrobe choices.

Lorde gave an endearing and very confused speech as she ran on stage to accept her prize for Best Rock Video. “Is there, like, a specific place I’m supposed to be looking?” she asked, searching for a camera. Eventually she found it. And then swore on air. And then apologized for swearing on air.

Jay Pharoah of “Saturday Night Live” wasn’t really the host, but he sure acted like one, bridging the gap between performers with impressions. (Jay Z, Kanye West, etc.) For the latter, the cameras went straight over to Kim Kardashian, naturally.

Hip hop artist/actor Common arrived to give a tribute to Ferguson, Mo. — MTV also aired a PSA. The show kept up the “real world problems” theme when Miley Cyrus had a homeless youth named Jesse go up in her place to accept the Video of the Year Award, where he talked about the 1.6 million homeless kids and runaways in Los Angeles. - Washington Post 

Beyonce's Performance at the @MTVza #VMAs!



@MosheshNthati is KILLING her role on @SABC_2's @TholaTV. We spoke to her.

Having starred in a soapie for more than five years, Nthati Moshesh is killing it on SABC 2’s ‘Thola’ as Dibuseng Makwarela. Buhle Mbonambi speaks to the actress

The roles of strong women on local TV are not common. The women in our shows are almost always the pawns in a bigger chess game. It’s like they are an afterthought, or heck, the rose between the two thorns caught up in some battle for male supremacy.

But with Thola, on SABC 2, Thursdays at 7.30pm, you find Dibuseng Makwarela, who has gone from being a kept woman, to a woman looking for answers in a huge corruption scheme.
Everything seems stacked against her. She has lost everything, starting with her husband, whose bad choices are the reason she’s going through all of this; her best friend, who betrayed her by carrying on an affair with her husband and her mother, who was accustomed to a life of luxury and can now only travel by train.

She’s even lost her daughter, who lashes out at her for supposedly ruining her life.
Dibuseng has resorted to being a maid just to find out the truth about her husband and the construction cartel he was involved in. All this while being a mother who provides for her children. As her world turns upside down, her children also have to adapt to a new life, one in which their mother is paranoid, jumpy and suspicious of everything.

Watching Nthati Moshesh on the show is like watching a volcano erupting. It’s as though she has been hungry for a role so complex and so meaty that she delivers it with such gusto that you can’t help but be drawn in – you want to help Dibuseng fight her enemies.
I guess it helps that the show is written by another woman, Marina Bekker. She has the sensitivities that are needed for a character such as Dibuseng. That strong, yet sensitive maternal woman, who Nthati plays with aplomb.

When I finally got hold of Nthati after weeks of trying, she’d just wrapped up shooting her new series Saints and Sinners, which has recently begun airing. Here’s what she had to say about her role on Thola, how the character has made her think about society, the industry and her dream role.

I think yours has been one of the best performances I’ve seen in local TV this year.
Oh thank you. I suppose if you look at my work, it’s been very dramatic roles for many years. From Home Affairs and Scandal to Thola and now, also Saints and Sinners on Mzansi Magic.
You just made me think that I’m the go-to actress for dramatic roles. (Laughs). Even in theatre! Oh Buhle! Maybe it’s time I look for a less intense role.
In all seriousness, though, I enjoyed telling Dibuseng’s story and it’s great how the feedback has been from viewers and critics.
Dibuseng goes from pampered society housewife to paranoid mother, trying to keep it all together. What’s going on in her head?
She’s stressed. But so are all mothers. It may be an extreme situation, but all mothers are trying to keep it together.
Dibuseng’s life is a lot like many women out there: unemployed and single, with children to look after. Just because she is a formerly wealthy woman, does class make her struggle different? I don’t think so.
We’ve seen her go from this glamorous image to an ordinary-looking person, how was the change in the character?
I loved it! (Laughs) I’m a natural-hair person and that weave was very irritating and hot. I loved going from this glamorous woman who lunches and has an expensive weave, to an everyday woman.
As much as it’s a tragic time for Dibuseng, it has made her reconnect with her true self and, most importantly, her sister Dieketseng (Harriet Manamela), whose simple life she comes to respect, especially since it has no drama.
With all her material wealth taken away from her, does anything give her joy? Hope?
I think it’s her search for the truth, and her children. Her search for the truth is why she’s so paranoid about everything and weirdly enough, it gives her purpose in life. She wants to find out the truth so she can be set free and go on with her life.
Whether that will actually happen, I don’t know.
Her children are also a big part of her search for the truth. Like her son. He’s always positive when she feels like everything is against her.
Who does she trust?
Her sister. She is the only one she can be honest with and she trusts her with her life. From having a strained relationship, to being virtually best friends in a space of a few weeks.
You surprised many when you left Scandal.
The thing about being in a soapie is that you play the same character for a long time. I needed a challenge, to be in a new space and to do new work.
What are your thoughts on the state of TV drama in SA?
I think we are on the right track. We are telling edgier stories because the viewer is exposed to so much of content out there that we have to improve.
I still believe it lies with broadcasters. We need funding from the powers that be to make our industry viable. And yes, I understand that it’s cheaper to import foreign shows, but who will tell our stories?
Do you have a dream role that you’d still want to play?
Not really. I just want to keep working. I’m really a working actress. My icons are Judi Dench and Mary Thwala. They are constantly working and I want to be like them.
So can we expect a second season of Thola?
I don’t know. It all depends on the channel really. We shot the first season last November – nearly a year ago. But I really hope we do because the viewers love this show.

This article first appeared in the 24 August 2014 issue of the Sunday Tribune SMtv

Who Deserves an #EMMY? The TV Snitch Lists the deserving shows and actors

It’s the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards tomorrow and this year’s been one of the tightest races in recent years. Here’s my picks and which actors and shows I think the Emmy voters will award. 

Saturday Night Live alumnus Seth Meyers hosts the show for the first time. We can catch it on Monday, midnight on E!Entertainment and Tuesday 6pm on M-Net.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad; 
Downton Abbey; 
Game of Thrones; 
Mad Men; 
True Detective; 
House of Cards

What will win: True Detective. The HBO drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and is the breakout hit of the year. It’s dark, gritty and it’s on HBO, which is everything that Emmy voters love. 
What should win: Breaking Bad. The final season of what some call the best TV show of all time was a masterpiece. The work of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn was so great, that the show not only deserves the drama award, but also the acting awards. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad;
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards;
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Who will win: Matthew McConaughey. It’s simple. Buzz-worthy Oscar winner, doing his best work ever, in a TV show? No one would blame the Emmys for rewarding Matthew. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex 

Who will win: Julianna Margulies. This was her strongest season yet. The show itself went above and beyond this season, mainly thanks to her performance. Although she does face tough competition from Robin Wright and Lizzy Caplan's riveting performances. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Who will win: Peter Dinklage. He entered the fourth season finale and my, what a cracker of an episode. It’s Dinklage’s finest work on the series. There really shouldn't be a contest. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Who will win: Anna Gunn deserves the Emmy for her work as the polarising figure in Breaking Bad, Skyler White. The final episode of Breaking Bad alone, not to discount the previous seven episodes, was just amazing. She was amazing in it and I can't imagine who else can say she didn't give the best performance in her category. 

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory; 
Modern Family; 
Orange Is the New Black; 
Silicon Valley

What will win: Veep. It’s a quirky comedy, really funny, with a great ensemble cast, and it’s on HBO. 
What should win: Orange is the New Black is the hit of the year. It’s funny and while it has some deep moments, it’s dark humour at its best. The most diverse cast (it even won a creative Emmy last week for casting) and as racial as things may be, there are many funny moments on the show. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; 
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek 

Who will win: Jim Parsons has to win again. Not that the other actors don’t deserve to, it’s just that Jim is excellent as Sheldon Cooper. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly;
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Selina Meyer is one of the best characters on TV and Julia plays her with so much aplomb, you can’t help but love her. 

Who should win: Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope is my favourite character on TV and it’s about time that the Academy awards Amy for her fine performance.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls;
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Who will win: Ty Burrell. The Academy loves Modern Family.

Who should win: Fred Armisen. I sometimes wonder if Fred is acting on Portlandia. Half the work on the show is ad-libs and not many people can pull that off. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mc-Kinnon, Saturday Night Live
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

Who will win: Allison Janney is the best part of Mom. Without her, the comedy would be a dud and for that she deserves the Emmy.

Here's Tim Goodman and Scott Feinberg's choices of who should win at the Emmys. 

Catch the Emmy's on Tuesday 26 August on M-Net at 6pm 

This column first appeared in the 24 August issue of the Sunday Tribune SMtv. 

The @MTVza #VMAs: Will @Beyonce own the night or will @ArianaGrande be the new star?

Ariana Grande will cement her status as one of the year’s biggest music acts at the 31st MTV Video Music Awards when she opens the show with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, performing their hit song Bang, Bang. It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit at the awards, which will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California. 

But the night will belong to Beyoncé Knowles, who leads with eight nominations, and will be performing and also receiving the Michael Jackson video vanguard award.

A seasoned performer, which is one of the reasons she’s receiving this award, one wonders whether she will better Justin Timberlake’s performance last year, when he took the stage for more than 15 minutes and ran through almost every one of his biggest hits, including a mini ’N Sync reunion, when his former group members joined him on stage for a few minutes.

Will Beyoncé bring out Destiny’s Child for another onstage reunion? We hope she does. 

Other performers include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. Presenters include Gwen Stefani, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Lorde, Orange is the new Black stars Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, and Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev.

You can catch the show live across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) at 3am tomorrow morning. Otherwise catch the prime time premiere at 9pm tomorrow, with the red carpet show starting at 8pm. – Tribune Reporter

Here are some of Beyonce's best performances, ever

Stream Four Great New Songs From Ariana Grande, thanks to @MTVza, just before she opens the #VMAs tonight!

Ariana Grande might just have one of the year’s best albums, writes Dee Locket 

In case it wasn’t already established from Ariana Grande’s debut album, she’s a pop megastar in the making. Grande is set to release her follow-up to Yours Truly next week, and we’ve already heard a few of its tracks: her summer smash Problem and her Zedd collaboration Break Free and most recently her soulful Big Sean duet, Best Mistake. So far she’s three for three and, with the MTV Video Music Awards taking place tonight, MTV has previewed four new songs from the album. 

The first, Love Me Harder, which features Canadian singer The Weeknd, is a sizzling track that sees Grande command her lover in a smouldering tone to do better if he wants to stay with her. The Weeknd steps in to plead that she knew what she was getting into before teasing her with a bit of his typically sensual shtick. Be My Baby is even better. It’s the kind of song I imagine Aaliyah might’ve gravitated towards, and it works surprisingly well for Grande. 

She adorns the track with her Mariah Carey-esque falsetto, while singing suggestively about wanting a man who knows how to “drive (her) crazy”. The last two songs are more aligned with the big ballads she’s known for, but they have far more depth than anything she’s ever done. From the sound of these songs – and everything else we’ve heard – it seems that Ariana Grande could have one of the best albums of the year. – Slate

Check out Ariana Grande opening the show with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J on MTV (DStv 130) tomorrow morning at 3am!


UPDATE: Cast of #Generations (@GenActorsGuild) comments and comments from Mfundi Vundla

“We are saddened by this development, but remain steadfast in our goal to ensure fair working conditions for ourselves as creative professionals.”

This is the comment that the former Generations actors, released after they found out that they have been fired from the show. The cast members, Anga Makubalo, Atandwa Kani, Katlego Danke, Mandla Gaduka, Menzi Ngubane, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Patrick Shai, Slindile Nodangala, Sophie Ndaba, Seputla Sebogodi, Thami Mngqolo, Thato Molamu, Winnie Ntshaba,  Zenande Mfenyan, Zikhona Sodlaka, and Zolisa Xaluva  have each received letters of dismissal, with immediate effect from the soapie. 

According to the statement which the media has received from the Actors' representatives, the cast have made a decision to examine their legal options. 

This is a really tragic situation. 

Now the question is, will the cast stay fired or will they return to negotiations and try and sort things out?  Bonang Matheba was 'fired' by the SABC in June/July and she came back to the broadcaster on the 11th August after they ironed out the problems. Will the same happen with the cast? 

What we hope is that artists will now pay more attention to their contracts and everything, including what is legally due to them, etc. 

Let's also hope that this will now also mean that actors take the business side of the entertainment industry seriously, band together to be members of ONE guild that will represent ALL the actors, instead of the many unions and guilds that are present in the industry. 

The SABC's spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago said that the show will go on. He said that  the SABC will communicate all future plans in due course.

Mfundi Vundla's Comments

Mfundi Vundla, the creator and executive producer of the show, went onto Radio 702 when the news broke out and he didn't mince his words about the situation:

"There were other actors before and there will be other actors in the future.Generations will go on,"  he said during an interview with Xolani Gwala. "That’s it! Finish and klaar. It's a termination, it's finished.We won't be taking them back. We are running a business here and there has to be some resolve. We have to bring some certainty to the production. It's final. This is the final decision we've made."
"The actors found Generations and there will still be a Generations in the future for more new actors. Generations will go on, with or without these people. The fact that we've gotten rid of these people doesn't mean it's the demise of the series."

He added that they have episodes until October and that the production company has plans to continue with the soap. "We have episodes up until about October. So we have a few weeks to look for a new cast, we will do what we have to do," he said. "We are professionals and we will do what we have to do to ensure Generations will go on."

Read More: Breaking: SABC and MMSV productions FIRE cast of #Generations
Read MoreOpen Letter to Fans from @Official_SABC1's @GenerationsSA Cast

Breaking: SABC and MMSV productions FIRE cast of #Generations

WOW! This is so unbelievable. The SABC and MMSV productions have gone ahead with what they were threatening and fired the WHOLE principal cast of Generations! 

We just received the statement now and we are in a state of shock! 



MMSV Productions, following consultation with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), have today terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations. The termination follows calls by both parties for the actors to return for recordings, following the start of their illegal strike.
The SABC and MMSV Productions would like to assure the public that measures have been put in place to ensure the future of Generations.

Open Letter to Fans from @Official_SABC1's @GenerationsSA Cast

The Generations cast is still continuing with the strike, even with the channel and production company basically giving them an ultimatum that they have to return to work today or they will be fired from the show. Well, the cast have released an open letter and from what we read, we doubt they will be returning to work anytime soon.

Dear Fans and Generations Viewers 
By now, you would have heard that we, the principal cast of Generations, have made a decision to embark on a strike, and walk off the set of Generations.
First of all, we want to apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you, as our loyal viewers and fans. Please believe that it is not a decision we came to lightly. However, in light of the SABC and the MMSV Productions continued refusal to engage with us, and our grievances, we felt that reviving the strike was the only course of action available to us.

We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you exactly what led to this drastic action, and give a full context of the events to date.  It is also important for us to state that before we went on strike, we made a point of communicating our unhappiness to MMSV Productions, to no avail.

We live in a country that is notorious for artists living and dying in a state of poverty, tragically,  never managing to earn what is their due, despite being associated with a number of successful projects.  We have made a decision, as dedicated professionals working on South Africa’s most successful TV show, that we will not be part of this painful statistic.  There is no reason, whatsoever, that we should live as ‘struggling actors’ when our show generates an incredible income for the production house and broadcaster.

There are a number of issues that led us to the strike – however, the main ones are:

The Generations cast, despite the show being the most popular in South Africa,  is paid rates well below what is understood to be the industry norm. There has been a great deal of talk from the SABC that we want to be paid extravagant salaries – this is simply not true.  Our actor colleagues on the same platform, SABC, are paid at much better rates – so it is possible. For some bizarre reason, however, the powers-that-be choose to keep Generations cast locked into a lower pay grade. This is unjust, and we want it reviewed.   We don’t think this is an unreasonable request, considering the audience figures and revenues that the show generates.  We just want to be paid fairly, that’s all.

When we went on strike last October, we proposed a set of rates that we should be paid. In November 2013, MMSV Productions agreed to meet these rates, provided the SABC would also support the proposed normalization of salaries. The SABC responded that they would like some time to review the proposed rates, and would revert in March 2014.  In March, the SABC requested an extension to July 2014 to continue examining the proposed rates. When the July deadline elapsed, there was no communication from them as to the outcome of their deliberations. When we enquired, we received no response. It became clear to us that their requests for extensions were merely a delaying tactic, and there had never been an intention, as promised, to review the salary scales.

Bear in mind, that based on the SABC’s November 2013 commitment to review the salaries, the cast honoured the broadcaster’s request that they return to set and continue filming. In the end, we, as the cast, want what is best for the show.  It’s a real pity that the SABC and MMSV Productions chose to use this as an opportunity to continue to exploit the cast, with no intention whatsoever to fulfill their promises.

Royalties and syndication fees: Our contracts stipulate that we, as cast, are due certain fees whenever Generations is sold to an international broadcaster. To date, the show is aired in a number of different countries across the world. However, we, as the cast, have never received our royalties.  Syndication fees and royalties are a very important revenue stream in any actor’s life, and it is worrying – and telling – that the SABC continues to deny us what we are owed in this regard.  Why is this?
3-Year Contracts: the Generations shooting schedule is intense, and leaves little time for us as actors to pursue other professional opportunities.  In requesting 3-year contracts, we are not demanding a blanket 3-year guarantee of work. We understand that clauses can be inserted to terminate employment due to issues of non-performance, insubordination and issues of that nature.  However, if we are effectively locked into working only for Generations, we feel that it is only reasonable that there be a level of stability that we be afforded in turn.

We have tried repeatedly, to accommodate the SABC and MMSV Productions – whenever they requested an extension to examine the issues, we agreed. When, in November 2013 they asked us to end our original strike while they reviewed our demands, we agreed.  They committed to reverting to us with their responses to our demands – instead, they have issued us with threats to dismiss us if we don’t return to work. We regard this as a breach of trust, and working in completely bad faith with us. We also consider their insistence on not paying us our fair due as a disturbing flouting of fundamental labour practices, and a perversion of the South Africa we are trying to build – a South Africa where labour is compensated fairly and appropriately.  The cast remains open to negotiating and working out a solution, and hopes that the broadcaster and production house respond to this sentiment.

We thank you for your patience with us, and hope you understand our difficulty and stand with us in this troubling time.

With love, and respect:

The Generations Actors Guild

Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn ‘Choppa’ Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande , Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala  (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo) , Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete ) , Winnie Ntshaba (Khethiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) , Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga )
*Slow Claps*   

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