Do I Need to Submit a Crew List and Paystubs To Have a (Removed) Legitimate Credit Reinstated?

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I spent several months as the Art Director on 'The Last Ship' for TNT, supervising two Set Designers and handling design work myself for all of the permanent sets built on stage for the show. IMDB -had- me listed as Art Director for the show for several months, then without explanation removed the credit. I have re-submitted it three times now and have been ignored every time.

I am also listed as Art Director in the 'Perspective' (journal of the Art Directors' Guild) article about the show.

Do I need to contact someone at IMDB and provide paystubs and a crew list with my name on it, as Art Director? Do I have to have the Art Directors' Guild get in touch? Why did IMDB remove an accurate and legitimate credit, and why is the staff steadfastly refusing to put it back where it belongs?

The site's utility to a working professional is pretty well eliminated if important credits won't be accepted and listed where prospective employers can see them.
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Do I have to have the Art Directors' Guild get in touch?
No. That won't help.

Why did IMDB remove an accurate and legitimate credit, and why is the staff steadfastly refusing to put it back where it belongs?
We will likely not ever know for sure.  I would assume they could not verify the credit.  Did you include the evidence you have with the submission?  If not, you should do so.

Were you listed in the on screen credits?

If not, did you include the attribute "(uncredited)"?

If so, can you/did you, include a screen capture of the on screen credits (it's, by far, the best evidence of a credit that you could provide)?

If you post the most recent Submission ID Reference Number, staff can check on status for you.  You'll find it in your account "Site Settings" page, View your contributions

In the mean time, if you can copy/paste the contents of the emailed receipt you received for the submission, other contributors here can take a shot at figuring out why it's being rejected.
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Thanks! Will do.
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Here is the text of the confirmation e-mail:

Thank you for contributing to IMDb. A detailed receipt for your update is included below. The information you supplied has been passed to the IMDb data managers for verification.

Updates normally take around 2-14 days to appear online, but depending on the type of information submitted and various internal factors, it may take longer in some cases. Please do not resubmit your data.

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The reference number for this submission is 141016-135620-414000 and it has been added to your update history.


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  • Martin, Karl J.
    • Art Director Credits - Add

        Title: "The Last Ship" (2014) {Welcome to Gitmo (#1.2)}

        Title: "The Last Ship" (2014) {Dead Reckoning (#1.3)}


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    Were you credited in the on screen credits?
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    No - welcome to the wonderful world of television. We had a Supervising Art Director, who was credited, but frequently Art Directors (and of course Set Designers) go uncredited.

    Since I just re-submitted the credit before opening the thread (whoops) I will have to wait the 14 days before I can add 'uncredited' and see if that helps.

    In the past I have submitted shows which in the end did not grant me a screen credit, and the IMDB staff just went ahead and added 'uncredited' themselves. For whatever reason they aren't doing that with this submission.
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    Mystery solved.  Upon review, by a user watching the show, or by staff, the credit was likely removed since it didn't exist.

    So, yes..you'll need to submit it, instead, correctly with the "(uncredited)" attribute.  It's possible staff didn't simply add the "uncredited" in the past, but could also be that someone checking it on his/her own may have added the attribute.

    Yes, TV tends to do that. But, IMDb's mission and purpose is to document on screen credits.  So, while submitting...make sure you do it right or you'll find your submissions will take longer as extra levels of scrutiny will have to be endured, or you might find they just don't get posted. You should submit properly and not rely upon staff to fix it for you. They have thousands of submissions coming across their desk.  They can't be expected to keep adjusting submissions as they come through. They'll more likely just reject them (especially with uncredited work, for which they're making an exception to list in the first place).

    Good luck.
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    Thanks for the advice - will follow up on that.
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    You're very welcome!