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Why British-Ghanaian actress, Michaela Coel Turned Down Netflix’s $1 Million Offer for ‘I May Destroy You’

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British actress, Michaela Coel can largely credit her breakout success in the U.S to Netflix, the domestic distributor of her acclaimed comedy series “Chewing Gum.” She fronted the 2018 Netflix musical film “Been So Long”  and Netflix also released “Black Earth Rising” starring Coel, outside the United Kingdom in 2019.

This would have made Netflix a natural destination for Coel’s latest project, “I May Destroy You,” but the creator walked away from a mega-deal in order to maintain ownership of the series.

In a new profile published by Vulture, the actress reveals that Netflix made her an offer for “I May Destroy You” in spring 2017 worth $1 million. The series is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of “Chewing Gum.” Coel, who wrote all 12 episodes of the series and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault. Coel turned Netflix’s $1 million offer down because they wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. The creator even ended her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal” with Netflix since CAA “would be making an undisclosed amount on the back end.”

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Coel told Vulture that she tried negotiating with “a senior-level development executive at Netflix” in order to retain “at least 5 percent of the copyright.” According to Coel, “There was just silence on the phone. And she said, ‘It’s not how we do things here. Nobody does that, it’s not a big deal.’ I said, ‘If it’s not a big deal, then I’d really like to have 5 percent of my rights.’ ”

When Coel bargained down and asked to own just 0.5 percent of the copyright, the Netflix executive said she would have to run it up the chain while adding, “Michaela? I just want you to know I’m really proud of you. You’re doing the right thing.”

“I remember thinking, I’ve been going down rabbit holes in my head, like people thinking I’m paranoid, I’m acting sketchy, I’m killing off all my agents,” Coel said. “And then she said those words to me, and I finally realized — I’m not crazy. This is crazy.”

Coel eventually pitched “I May Destroy You” to the BBC in the fall of 2017 and the network offered her everything she wanted, from “a seat at the table on the production side” to “full creative control and the rights to the work.” HBO would join BBC as a co-producer of the project. The show debuted in June to some of the best TV reviews of 2020. IndieWire’s Tambay Obenson gave the series a perfect A grade in his review. Read Coel’s new profile in its entirety on Vulture’s website.

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86,000 Passports remain uncollected -Yaw Osafo Maafo

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Over 86,000 passports remain uncollected at the Passport Office, the Senior Government Advisor on Public Sector Reforms, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has said. (more…)

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Yvonne Nelson considers releasing part two of “I’m Not Yvonne Nelson” memoir

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I was seeking refuge in a friend's house due to threats after leading ''Dumsor Vigil''-Yvonne Nelson

Exactly one year after the publication of her controversial memoir, “I Am Not Yvonne Nelson,” the well-known Ghanaian actress and movie producer, Yvonne Nelson, is considering releasing a sequel. (more…)

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Kwaisey Pee Claims Efya, Stonebwoy, Others Refused Collaboration With Him

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Ghanaian Highlife singer, Kwaisey Pee born Kwasi Poku Addae has not too long ago claimed that his fellow musicians like Stonebwoy and Efya are among artistes refusing to collaborate with him due to his social media following. (more…)

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Social Trends: Stonebwoy Unites Global Voices such as Fridayy, Wyclef and Rick Ross

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Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy has announced that his upcoming album will feature collaborations with American singers Jordin Sparks and Fridayy, as well as Wyclef and Rick Ross.

Read Also:Stonebwoy says he is not responsible for Shatta Wale’s show cancellation at TF hostel

The album is expected to be released later this year.

Stonebwoy has also clarified that there is no animosity between him and fellow Ghanaian artist King Promise, despite rumors to the contrary.

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Social Trends: GFA Probes Real Tamale United Over Unregistered Players in 8-1 Loss

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is investigating Real Tamale United (RTU) for allegedly using unregistered players in a match against Dreams FC, which resulted in an 8-1 defeat for RTU. (more…)

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Nick Cannon insures testicles for US$10 million after fathering 12 kids

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American TV host, Nick Cannon has taken out a US$10 million insurance policy on his testicles. (more…)

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