Apples Never Fall open letter

At a time when fair treatment of workers in the creative industries is in the spotlight due to the screen actors and screenwriters strikes in the United States, Matchbox and NBCUniversal recently stood down the crew of Apples Never Fall without pay for an entire month.

Two weeks ago, the production company terminated crew with a week’s notice and no pay. This further demonstrates the disregard for the well-being of crew who play a vital role in bringing productions like Apples Never Fall to life.

Our members are insecurely engaged workers, relying on regular screen work for their livelihoods and during this period have experienced extreme financial uncertainty and consequential ongoing mental health stress.

A week’s paid compensation is a small token of recognition for the hardships of affected crew and a minor demand of a company that had global revenues of $US39 billion in 2022*.

We encourage all members to show their support for the crew members of Apples Never Fall by signing their name to this open letter and standing together to hold billion dollar production companies like Matchbox and NBCUniversal to account.

*  NBCUniversal revenue increased 14.2% to $US39.2 billion and total NBCUniversal Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.9% to $US6.0 billion. Source: Comcast 2022 annual report