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Petition for Choreography Department Category

At the request of IMDB they will only consider any category changes with a large amount of members agreeing that it should be changed. This posting is meant to involve the community of members who think it is important to move Choreographers out of the Miscellaneous Crew category and moved into its own separate category.

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162 Points

2 y ago

Again confirmed by seeing the terrific Fosse /Verdon series, its clear that Choreography is a unique profession necessary in all the performing arts and needs its own category on IMDB.

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122 Points

2 y ago

I support this 100%. Choreographers have been a part of some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history. The amount of time, dedication, and work that is put into the creation of choreography is unfathomable. Any in my opinion, this is a change to IMDB that is well warranted.

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172 Points

2 y ago

YES PLEASE. I’ve choreographed for 3 seasons of a sketch comedy show, more or less directing several of the shots. When it came time to list my episode credits I was surprised to learn that choreography is in a “miscellaneous crew” category.

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160 Points

2 y ago

Please support this category! There are a bunch of established and budding choreographers that need to showcase their work, gain recognition for their craft on your channel. Do it! I support this 100%

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142 Points

2 y ago

YES ABSOLUTELY! Please, IMDB, support this petition. We, the choreographers, will appreciate you. 

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2 y ago

This idea gets my vote.

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100 Points

2 y ago

I support this 1000% the industry and films speak for themselves, movement and dance is here to stay, it is a niche skill with high pull and regard to the over arch of films!

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174 Points

2 y ago

Voted! And thank you to Heather for inviting me here. I will share the link on socials. 
My 2019 article on this topic---> It's Time for IMDb to Give Choreographers Their Own Category http://bit.ly/2SO6dmR

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124 Points

2 y ago

This is way overdue!  Give choreographers the credit they deserve.

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96 Points

2 y ago

IMDB ..this is a no-brainer - I assume you have one....

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Yes! Yes! Yes!  Long overdue.

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142 Points

2 y ago

Choreography is it’s own beast and needs to be respected by a category.

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104 Points

2 y ago

Choreographers put in so much time, creative energy and work, and it's high time they begin to be recognized for it. 

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62 Points

9 m ago

Hi, is this still active? I can't believe that choreographers don't have their own credit section. It seems particularly remiss for films that rely on dance. Can you imagine The Greatest Showman, Strictly Ballroom or La La Land without any choreography?! 

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7 m ago

Best Choreography is an Emmy category! Putting choreographers under "miscellaneous crew" is such an insult to this very well-established field. I am shocked that imdb continues to devalue this important contribution to film and television making.

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Just imagine all of the musicals without the brilliant choreography we've seen. What could possibly be the problem with acknowledging dance direction. A grip gets more recognition. This practice is insulting and callous to say the least! Ciaofornow-jim  ( James ( Jimmy )  Hibbard )

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60 Points

Agreed! Choreographers and Assistant Choreographers have been a vital part of this Industry since the beginning. To not have the proper acknowledgement as they have been a integral part of production teams is not right! With full productions relying on the direction of Choreographers to make even more Films, Movie Musicals and TV Series all based around Movement it’s extremely concerning that IMDB is still placing this part of the irreplaceable team in miscellaneous. IMDB Do Better. Be Better. ~Breanna English

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174 Points

Love seeing the posts on here... let's keep it up! With In The Heights, West Side Story and The Big Leap coming up on TV and film, now is a great time to put the pressure on IMDb.

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On behalf of the Choreographer Community, I am advocating for more appropriate placement for Choreographers on IMDb. As writers tell a story with words, Choreographers tell stories through movement and dance. They are often the fulcrum of a musical production, working intimately with directors to bring their vision to life. No one who works intimately with the director should be credited as "Miscellaneous" or "Additional." 

Currently, Choreographers are listed under “Miscellaneous Crew” (or “Additional Crew”) often toward the end of credited talent. This has been a source of concern and frustration for decades. Choreographers are often billed in the opening credits of films, but nearly last on IMDb.

We ask for parity along with the Production, Costume, Lighting Designers, and other

craft guild members as our own category: Choreography by.

To illustrate my point, I’ve provided a few examples.

Dirty Dancing (1987)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm -
multiple Emmy and DGA Award winner Kenny Ortega listed under “Miscellaneous
Crew.” Kenny is listed as the 127th name out of 132 total credits.

Rent (2005)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294870/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm - Emmy
Award nominee Keith Young listed under “Miscellaneous Crew” and the 443rd
name out of 449 credits.

Rocketman (2019)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2066051/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm - Adam
Murray listed under “Miscellaneous Crew” 27th from the bottom of hundreds
of credits.

West Side Story (1961)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055614/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm - Tony
and Oscar winner, acknowledged as the greatest choreographer of the 20th
Century: Jerome Robbins listed under “Miscellaneous Crew” 78th out of 99
credits.

After reaching out within the Choreography community, the support to correct this representation on IMDb is overwhelming.

I reached out to IMDb support, and they told me the only way to make this change is to create a post here and have users vote on it. Please consider voting yes on this. Choreographers deserve to be at the top of the list, the place they are typically billed in film credits.

I've attached a video to further illustrate.

Thank you.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Choreographers on IMDb listed under Miscellaneous Crew and nearly last...

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Choreographers (including Dance Directors from the 1930s) definitely need their own department.  At one time, they even has an Academy Award category, although now, unfortunately, that is sadly limited to special awards.  They are certainly NOT Crew!

Have you seen "In the Heights"?  Amazing choreography!

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