Michaela Coel pushed back against the entertainment industry, which underestimated black talent too often, and told Vulture that she had to reject Netflix's $ 1 million offer for her latest show, I May Destroy You.
It wasn't the $ 1 million paycheck that bothered the British writer, director, and actress. The problem was that the video streaming platform didn't allow her to keep a percentage of her copyright on the show.
Not only did Coel resign from the offer, but also fired her agents and the Hollywood Arthouse Creative Artists Agency after encouraging them to accept the terms without revealing that they would benefit from the backend.
Coel was flexible during the negotiations. It was prepared to assume a mutually acceptable percentage of its copyright. It started at 5 percent. However, a senior development manager at Netflix told her that things aren't done that way in the company. Coel declined to 0.5 percent.
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As is so often the case, a door opens when another closes. She accused the BBC of the show that accepted its terms. HBO joined as a co-producer.
The series is based on Coel's personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of her comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix was the domestic distributor of this celebrated series.