It seems as if Mzansi’s favourite soapie The Queen, might be forced to go off-air if the lockdown is extended, as the soapie is set to be running out episodes.
The renowned soapie which has become a fan-favourite is also feeling the pinch of the lockdown and things are not looking great at the moment.
The producers of the show said the episodes will be able to last until the first week of May.
“We will not be able to deliver that content by the end of May. There’s so much going on behind the scenes. We are thinking about how we’re going to survive as a company, but not only that, we are thinking about how are we going to help our people.”
Another big elephant in the room is that the contracts of the cast and crew members, will expire at the end of May, but the producers said they cannot renew them because no one knows if the lockdown will be extended or not.
“We will not be able to deliver that content by the end of May. There’s so much going on behind the scenes. We are thinking about how we’re going to survive as a company, but not only that, we are thinking (about) how are we going to help our people,” said Connie Ferguson.
Dineo Langa, who plays Kea in The Queen, said even though she had additional income from voiceover work she’d still feel the pinch if there was a salary cut.
“It’s bittersweet — you understand that it’s imperative but at the same time everything you’re committed to financially looks you in the face with a very grim look.”
Shona, who is executive producer, said staff would receive their full salaries for April, and there were ongoing discussions with Mzansi Magic.
“We don’t have further episodes to deliver or broadcast post the first week of May. There’s still a lot of uncertainty, as no-one can predict when we’ll be able to resume work.”