Well-known producer Fadzil Teh defended the decision made by the streaming-based TV station which stipulates that actors who want to appear in the channel must have more than a million followers on Instagram.
Fadzil through a post on his Facebook page supported the decision which set the conditions for an actor to be selected based on the number of followers on their social media. Fadzil said his company welcomed the matter and encouraged fans of the artist to watch the content on the channel, Harian Metro reported.
“As a producer, the existence of this streaming-based TV channel to some extent gives our industry players the opportunity to expand their local work abroad. In fact, this channel is from abroad. They only started to open space for our local artists to produce drama-type content in their channel, I think it’s something that should be welcomed,” he remarked.
“Even though the conditions imposed are quite strict in terms of the number of ‘followers’ of the artist, for me, it is not a major problem. Instead, it should be considered as a challenge for every production company in producing better quality work. At the same time, the drama produced also features actors who are popular so it’s a bonus,” Fadzil added in his statement to Harian Metro.
However, the producer’s view on the matter via his Facebook post has garnered various responses from the public including from some of the people in the industry. There are those who think that the TV channel’s decisions are inappropriate apart from the fact that some of the actors with millions of followers online only rely on their popularity and acting rather bland on screen.
According to Fadzil, the issue is baseless as there are several artists who are very talented in acting and have more than a million followers online. The number of followers he deemed as a bonus for them in terms of getting more job offers.
“In fact, many of the actors who have millions of followers online are talented. Popularity and the number of followers are a bonus for them and an advantage for them in terms of job offers. So in my opinion, talented actors out there with lesser number of followers need to step up their game and be more active on social media,” he said.
Fadzil concluded his statement stating that industry players nowadays need to keep up with the trend and suggested for them to abide by the conditions set. “It is not appropriate to put the blame on only one party,” he remarked.
Source: Harian Metro