Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TVIEC Protest March Update - Call for Actors to Join Protest Action

26 May 2009
The entire television industry is reeling because of the SABC’s monetary and management crisis – writers, producers, actors, crew and all related service providers. The TVIEC is taking action in the form of a protest march in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In order for us to make a significant impact, we will be calling on the general public as well as high profile individuals to join the protest – especially the actors, presenters and musicians who star in our productions. The public relate to the crisis particularly when they see that their favourite stars and shows are affected and impacted by the manner in which the SABC is handling the situation.
This is a call to all production houses and casting management to get in touch with your actors and urge them to join us. They need to know that they will not be alone in this. Already we have assurances from major soaps that many of their actors will join and also from big dramas.
The action will be a peaceful protest and will be controlled by marshals. It is important to stress that we are adopting a positive tone. The TVIEC is fighting FOR the SABC – for a transparent, fair and sustainable SABC that upholds the values of a credible and responsible public broadcaster, respectful of the South African public and its key partner in content supply – the local production sector, their casts and crews.
  • Date: Thursday 4th June 2009
  • 10.30: Joburg - Gather at Atlas Studios in Milpark for rally
  • 12.00: Cape Town - Gather on grass in front of SABC
  • 12.00: Joburg - March to SABC
  • 13.00: Joburg and Cape Town - march and picket at SABC
  • 13.45: Joburg - Hand over memorandum
OUR CONTACT: tvcrisis@gmail.com
This letter is written on behalf of the TVIEC (Television Industry Emergency Coalition) which consists of: IPO (Independent Producers Organization), SASFED (South African Screen Federation), TPA (The Producers Alliance), DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association), WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa) as well as the CWU (Creative Workers Union).