Mamma Marketing “internships”

Big red flags are waving over adverts which have started appearing on various job sites over the past few weeks, all posted by an organisation called “Mamma Marketing“.

This company appears to be basing its business model on hiring “interns” to work for them to edit videos for their clients. Adverts for writers have also been appearing, based at a variety of different locations, the common theme being that those who are lucky enough to be selected will have the opportunity to receive feedback on the work they do for Mamma’s clients.

There is no mention of pay on any of these adverts (despite asking for a year’s experience) and the company isn’t answering the question either, the postings simply suggesting that paid work might be possible after 3-6 months. Coincidentally the company is also offering new business clients the opportunities of testing their services for a six month trial priced “at only a fraction of what the vast majority of digital agencies ask for“. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to join the dots here on how the company may be able to offer such a cheap service for new business…

So a warning then: if you are thinking of applying for an internship at Mamma Marketing, you may wish to check whether you will be paid for your work on their client business (and you should expect a reasonable rate for skilled work). And if you are a potential client you may wish to ask how this very cheap introductory offer is being funded.

Mamma Marketing – beware!

Blazing Star Productions. Sebastian Nanena and Will Murray-Obodynski.

A warning to anyone considering working for this company or these individuals in the future.

Blazing Star Productions have recently recruited a number of freelancers to work on one of their films (“Death Do Us Apart”) and then failed to pay them. As such due caution should be exercised before embarking on any kind of financial relationship with this company and these individuals in the future as they are clearly untrustworthy in their business dealings.

While this may be a matter of supreme indifference to Sebastian Nanena, his failure to pay the people who work for him is now causing serious distress to freelancers. Three comments received from the many who have been left unpaid:

This situation with Blazing Star has greatly affected my mental health. I’m highly stressed, anxious and dealing with intermittent bouts of depression as a result of not being able to pay bills and live my life”. 

Not receiving the pay I am owed means I have been unable to pay bills, university fees, car fees, and have gone into debt. This has caused me to not sleep properly due to anxiety“.

“This is very distressing for me, I work very hard and try to keep my head above water at the best of times. However due to Covid and work drying up, i was super excited to get stuck back into acting and making myself extra money to cover the last year of struggling. At present, I have no money to be able to cover the costs of living, and the expenses which they said they would reimburse have cleared whatever little money i had set aside. I provided my services, my time and my personal money to cover travel etc, and unfortunately now I’m being ignored, avoided and disregarded. This is extremely hurtful and really has left me with nothing! Christmas sadly will not be a celebration for me this year”.

If anyone else has been left unpaid by this company please contact Mark Watson, derrywatson@gmail.com.

BLAZING STAR PRODUCTIONS LTD
C/O Eam London Ltd, 215-221 Borough High Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 1JA

Onecrew – AVOID!

And another one – another of those sleazy sites which seeks to milk cash out of hard working freelancers. 

The company trying to make a fast buck in this case is called “One Crew” (onecrew.co) and this one really does take the biscuit when it comes to cheek as its business proposition consists of charging you to make contact with employers who post jobs on Facebook!

Needless to say, no-one needs to hand over cash to any of these kinds of set ups in order to secure work in the industry – and (again needless to say I’m sure) it won’t cost you a single penny to log in and see all the jobs that are always advertised on Facebook groups anyway.

I’ve asked this company how their operation is legal given that companies are not permitted to charge for work finding services, however they didn’t have an answer to that question. Funny that.

It all comes to a firm recommendation then. Avoid this set-up, save your money and apply for jobs in the way that everyone does – by seeing adverts and sending in applications. You are wasting your money if you hand over cash to set ups like this lot!

TVCrewFinder – another site to avoid

Yes, another one – another of those scummy sites which pop up every now and then created by people trying to make a fast buck out of hardworking freelancers.

This one is called TVCrewFinder (https://www.tvcrewfinder.com) and it’s pretty much like all the other set ups out there that think it is somehow acceptable to charge freelancers for the right to apply for jobs.

We’ve asked the company how this fits in with the regulations that forbid any company from charging job seekers for work finding services but they didn’t have any answer to that question. Maybe the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate might like to take a look then.

Meanwhile however, freelancers beware! Paying money to these kinds of businesses is not recommended for three good reasons:

1) You should never have to pay to apply for a job.

2) Pretty much every job in the industry can be found on all the free-to-use sites anyway, including the numerous industry Facebook pages and all the sites here.

3) Paying money to these people keeps them in business and no-one (apart from the owners in question) wants that. Remember, when the sites disappear, the jobs still exist!

TVCrewFinder: AVOID! Do feel free to spread the word.

Share my Telly Job

This is a great thing – an online community built for freelancers in the Television industry who are hoping to find more flexible working contracts. It’s called “Share my Telly Job” and it seeks to enable people to be put together with like minded folk who want to – well – share their telly job.

There’s an event coming up on April 28th, where Share My Telly Job & Telly Mums Network are joining forces with ITV Loves Talent to offer a night of ‘