EXCLUSIVE: Unpaid crew members in The mediator It will be paid in full on Tuesday, promised Andre Jetmir, the show’s creator. He told News Block that 11 crew members have yet to receive full payment due to cost overruns attributed to shooting during the pandemic. “Covid just completely destroyed the budget,” he said. “It was absolutely brutal.”
Twenty episodes of the show, which features Ice-T in a court-like setting resolving the real-life disputes of disputed guests, aired on Fox-owned stations across the country. The first season of the show ended in February.
“They haven’t paid me either, so they can put me on the list as well,” Jetmir said, noting that he hopes that, now that the budget problems have been resolved with a new line of financing, the equipment and the show. It will return for a second season. “We closed funding two days ago to pay everyone,” he said, adding that the show is a “black independent production,” not a Fox show. “Fox didn’t pay a penny for the show. I don’t blame Fox. I own the copyright. We hope to do more episodes. “He also noted that” we have an offer “to do more shows.
Ice-T’s virtual legal show ‘The Mediator’ will be published on a limited basis on Fox TV stations
In a letter sent on Friday to “all parties involved,” Jetmir wrote that “as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, production costs have been tremendously unstable. For us at The Mediator, the health of our incredible cast and crew was and continues to be paramount. For this reason, we go over budget. It was not our intention to make anyone feel less than stellar by delaying payments while we, as independent producers, raised more capital. Although this is not a study program, we take our commitment to our team seriously, as if they were our own family because they are. As the rights holder and executive producer, the responsibility is mine. I apologize for those who feel less important. And while the journey was not easy, we cannot thank you enough for your patience and understanding. You deserve better and we will do better if we are lucky enough to have you back. “
“Being a ‘Covid show’ was a new experience for us,” his letter continued. “And even if we have been too ambitious, all crew members will receive full compensation for their work if they have not done so already. At the time of this letter, payroll was still being distributed. I was told that one round came out last night and the last round leaves at midnight on Tuesday June 15th. If anyone has any questions, comments, or just wants to share their feelings, feel free to give me a call. We hope everyone continues to be safe and sound. “
“I love the crew,” he told News Block. “The people were wonderful.”