A South African film production house is furious after being short-changed by a Bollywood media company. Africade Productions, which specialises in creating travel-related reality TV series, says it is battling to recoup over US$235 870 from Pippip Media, an Indian media company.
The production house has filmed nine seasons of The Amazing Race and various similar formats. According to Africade Productions, it is owed US$695 857 by Pippip Media for the production but has only received US$454 072.
MTV India hired Pippip Media to finish the show, who later contacted Africade Productions to bring the idea to life. The project in question is season 18 of MTV Roadies, which was created by Africade Productions and shot in South Africa.
The filming was set to last 38 days and involved 106 Indian and 50 South African crew members. However, with six days of filming left, Pippip Media withdrew from the project.
The filming was anticipated to cost US$20 642 a day, or US$660 560, for 32 days.
Katrin Bohlender, Owner of Africade Productions, said she was convinced they had planned to withdraw, citing that “A week before the shoot, they started talking about their cash flow issues when they were already in South Africa.”
“They were going crazy with the creative for the show, telling me they want a production that will cost US$825 681 when they only had US$530 795,” she added.
According to Bohlender, during a meeting with Pippip Media’s director, Joy Bhattacharya, he promised that funding would not be an issue, as he had private funders to cover the additional costs.
“I explained that if the funds weren’t paid weekly, the production would come to a standstill. So they said they would make sure they have the money,” Bohlender added.
“From that point, payment was received as agreed but slowly started to falter,” Bohlender said.
Bohlender mentioned that she received the last instalment of the funds owed on March 21, an amount of US$11 789.