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Sat, Dec 19, 2020 2:59 AM

Contribution: Showrunners and Head writers

Contribution: Showrunners and Head writers

Hi All,

 

We have published a new contribution guideline around showrunners and head writers.

 

A showrunner is the unofficial title given to the top-level creative decision maker and manager overseeing all episodes of an individual season of a television/episodic series. A head writer is the title (sometimes unofficial) given to the top-level writer who oversees the team of writers working on an individual season of a television/episodic series.

 

Although rarely credited on-screen, you can now add the Showrunner and Head writer attributes to producer and writer credits on IMDb and IMDbPro. Please see our new article explaining how to do this: Showrunners and Head Writers

Many thanks,

Taylor

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Champion

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a month ago

1. It is not possible to add those attributes to a writer credit which already has an attribute, nor to add a new writer credit with two different credit attributes. Two different rejection messages may appear, both are shown below.

It is possible to add a new writer credit with (showrunner) or (head writer), but I guess it would be displayed as an additional credit on title pages, not as an additional attribute for an existing writing credit.

2. When it says, "with the new attribute '(showrunner)' or '(head writer)' depending on the type of show (detailed in guidelines below)," I was expecting the guidelines to say something about which attribute is used for different types of shows, but I don't think they do.

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Employee

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@Peter_pbn

In the case that there is an existing attribute for the writer credit, we recommend adding the "head writer" attribute as a new credit. 

Champion

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Then you should expand your help page.

Champion

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23 days ago

I want to register my objection to misrepresenting credits by displaying such roles as credited when they are not.

Your writers guidelines say, "The IMDb policy is to list the attribute exactly as it appears on screen," but you are being inconsistent.

forthehorde

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It doesn't look so efficiently handled either.

Employee

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Thanks for sharing your concerns with us.

 

We'll be updating the help guide to reflect that these should be added as new credits instead of modifications of existing ones.

 

Regarding the addition of these roles without the (uncredited) attribute, although rarely credited on-screen, showrunners and head writers are very well recognized in the industry and we've taken the deliberate decision to list these on IMDb without the uncredited attribute.

 

Thanks again for your feedback.

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Regarding the addition of these roles without the (uncredited) attribute, although rarely credited on-screen, showrunners and head writers are very well recognized in the industry and we've taken the deliberate decision to list these on IMDb without the uncredited attribute.

What does the fact that they are very well recognized in the industry have to do with anything? Have you made an exception to your own lang-standing rule just because of this? It's extremely weird that I feel like I have to point it out to members of IMDb, but IMDb is a database. It records as much information about films, tv shows, videogames as well as the cast and crew who made these. It deals with facts, not feelings. The feelings of said cast and crew shouldn't have anything to do with how IMDb makes and lists its data. Giving too much influence to the people in the business will probably end up ending your own business. The reason: the most important thing for a database is to have its facts straight and to try and list all the facts. IMDb no longer tries to list all the facts, which is a first step towards its end I'm afraid.