Taylor's profile
Employee

Employee

 • 

1.9K Messages

 • 

35.5K Points

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

Responses

Champion

 • 

8.9K Messages

 • 

271.5K Points

7 m 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.

(edited)

Champion

 • 

8.9K Messages

 • 

271.5K Points

7 m 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.

Champion

 • 

8.9K Messages

 • 

271.5K Points

6 m ago

It would be a good idea to add a reference to this policy to the Writers and Producers guides, including the versions that appear in the edit feature.

Please also add a note about credit order for writers. I assume the credit order should be left blank for these new credits.

(edited)