Monday, December 1, 2014

Is Scandal! actor Sello Maake ka Ncube getting paid for the multiple use of his likeness and photos shown in SABC1's reset Generations?

Is actor Sello Maake ka Ncube getting paid for the multiple use of his likeness and photos of him shown in SABC1's reset Generations?

Sello Maake ka Ncube portrayed the character of Archie Moroka for years in the soap before he moved on to's Scandal! to become one of South Africa's highest paid TV stars.

Generations has now been reset to Generations The Legacy and returned to SABC1 on Monday night for the first new episode with a new cast.

It followed the implosion of the soap behind-the-scenes of the MMSV Productions show which saw the soap shut down and grinding to a halt following a strike by the principal cast which saw the 16 actors fired for demanding their promised three year contracts, better pay rates and residuals which they've never received.

It's not clear whether Sello Maake ka Ncube is getting paid or will be paid for the multiple use and inclusion of his photos in Monday night's first new episode.

Sello Maake ka Ncube actually indicated that he wasn't and isn't willing to return to Generations, although creator and executive producer Mfundi Vundla says it was him who approached Sello Maake ka Ncube to return and then decided to drop him during the later planning stages for the new soap.

The same goes for the image of actor David Phetoe - his likeness and photo also appeared in Generations The Legacy where he played the character of Paul Moroka for years. It's not clear if he is getting paid for that appearance.

Several American TV actors who've left TV shows on a bad footing are notorious for in the past having forced producers to blur out or crop out their images and photos when they've refused consent to appear in episodes - or were simply not happy with the money offered to make a new "appearance" although just in a photo or a "backflash".

The most notorious is of course Shannen Doherty's whose face was blacked out of the finale of Beverly Hills, 90210 when she refused that she be seen - even in an old cast photo.