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Monday, November 20, 2017, 

Film Agency: Probe launched after TV show's producers fail to deliver commissioned product

Film Agency: Probe launched after TV show

Skopje, 14 November 2017 (MIA) - No TV show has been delivered yet, neither documents nor a single notice has been sent to the Macedonian Film Agency on how the budget of the first season of the TV show Macedonia has been spent, i.e. 80% of MKD 68 million.

This was stated Tuesday at a news conference by Goran Tozija, head of the Film Agency, in relation to the TV show Macedonia. He called it 'an extremely special case' in Macedonia's TV production and 'the most expensive TV show ever commissioned in the history of Macedonia's cinema costing EUR 4.6 million.'

"A contract was signed for the show's €4.6-million budget. Some 80% of the budget wас paid to the producers, which is unusual and not in compliance with the standards of the film and TV industry... It has been decided the government to seek revocation of the contract and the money to be paid back," Tozija told reporters.

The first, 14-episode season should have been delivered to the Film Agency by Sept. 4. "Nothing has been delivered yet. The financial police and the public prosecutor's office have already opened a probe," he said.

According to Tozija, the law was amended so as the call's requirements to meed the demands of the show's producers.

"The law was changed with respect to the financing of films and other audiovisual works, including this TV show. The maximum amount of a budget's film is MKD 62 million. But, no limit was defined for this show," elaborated Tozija.

Four months after changes had been adopted to the law on film, the Film Agency in November 2015 issued a call for shooting audiovisual works, i.e. a TV show. The producer, whose company won the call, was registered as a legal entity in December 2015.

In early November, the government decided not to pay the rest of the €4.6-million budget to the show's producers, Jadran Film, because 'they have failed to shoot the series within the given deadline.'

Reacting to the accusations, Viktor Grubishic, producer of Jadran Film, claimed 'the government has been misinformed.' ba/15:49

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