My entire page and credits were merged to someone else's name! Please Help!

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My name is Marco Antonio Martinez and my page and all my credits wre merged with another person of the same name below are my credits/pages of my films from oldest to most recent. Please help!

Wicked Lake
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0907681/?ref_=nm_flmg_msc_4 (Production Assistant)

Mirando Al Norte
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1522172/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_3 (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor)

Amalia
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1413942/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_4 (Writer)

Jordan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1354022/?ref_=nm_flmg_asst_2 (First Assistant Director)

In Plain Sight
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0935095/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_7 (Actor Raph's Buddy)

Ilegales
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1480662/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_4 (Associate Producer)

Odd Thomas
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1767354/?ref_=nm_flmg_msc_2 (Production Assistant)

Dollar Night
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3551334/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_2 (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor)

La Botella
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4364806/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_2 (Producer, First Assistant Director)

Ahora Veo
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4573330/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor)

Below are links to my website and Vimeo page to verify this information as my work.
http://www.marcoantoniomartinez.com
https://vimeo.com/user16849200

Please help me retrieve my page and all my credits as allow me some advice as to how to not let this happen again.

Marco Antonio Martinez
Redmarfilms@gmail.com 
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Are these, or any of the many similar Name Pages, referring (or previously referred to) you?

Marco Antonio Martinez (Actor, Pretty Rosebud (2014))
Marco Antonio Martinez Dominguez (Assistant Director, Capadocia (2008))
MarcoAntonioMartinez (Something went very wrong with this one???)
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Hello!

The names you listed are NOT nor have been referred to me.

Also, I have an IMDB pro account ($19.99/month on auto pay) Username: Redmarfilms@gmail.com
I also have a Withoutabox account where my films are uploaded and which I use to submit my films to festivals. Below is a screen shot of my page as it once was, and I provide updates to my page regularly.

Thank you so much for your help! I have my first feature going into development and need to restore my page as soon as possible! Thank you so much!

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and need to restore my page as soon as possible!

Yeah...trying to figure out what that page might have been. Had you bookmarked it? Is the screen capture what it looked like before? Or what I can see on the page now? If before, can you see the url address, most importantly, the name constant (..name/nm##### for example).

It looks like a "merge" did happen and maybe staff can "unmerge" instead of moving everything around. But, they might not be too active for a few days as it's a major holiday.

The "Marco Antonio Martinez" page, days ago, looked like:



So when merged, that created all the "(as Marco Martinez)" attributes. Along with that wonky, no spaces page, it looks like someone was hitting buttons they didn't understand and asked, in error, for pages to be merged instead of changing a name. If there are meant to be two of the same name, they need separate pages differentiated by a Roman numeral (though not sure that's the case if all his credits are shown on screen as "Marco Martinez." A Name Page should he headed by the name as it appears most often, most recently, on screen.

I flagged this for staff to take a look and see if they can undo what looks like a recent merging error, but as I say...holiday weekend is upon us.
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Thank you so much for this help!


The screen shot I sent is what my page looked like when active. The other Marco Martinez always went by "Marco Martinez" and my stage and professional name is always "Marco Antonio Martinez". 

I looked at the url for my imdb page and if you go to my website, on the bio page and click on either my name (in the banner) or the imdb button within the page, it leads to this url:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3365841/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

Which now links to the other Marco Martinez.

This URL has always been associated with my page since my page was activated by IMDB years ago, I've sent it in emails and linked it to my website and Vimeo page.

I completely agree about he roman numerals, and I've always noticed that the other name always went by "Marco Martinez".  (Although for Wicked Lake, I was credited as Marco Martinez, but only once in that one credit)

I've always used my full name "Marco Antonio Martinez".
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Your one "Marco Martinez" credit, or at least the attribute itself, might need to be fixed after. But, you're right...it got merged as you describe.

It's least messy if they can undo the merge...otherwise, things will need to be sorted the hard way, one at a time. So, I'd say wait it out a bit and these things sometimes get split back easily.

We'll see what happens! You're very welcome!
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Hello my friend!

I thought I would follow up about my page.

The page is the same and I thought I would ask to see what next steps I can take or if there's something additional I need to submit through the IMBD data base.

I  just want to make sure I cover my bases, and get some advice on how they typically deal with this whole merge.

Thank you again!
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Hello,

Glad you gave it a 'bump' back to the top. I am sure they're catching up now after the holiday weekend. I'd still wait (I flagged this to the attention of Michelle) to see if it can be 'split' back the way it was. If not, we'll need to start moving over the credits. I'd still give it a day or so to see if she can have the page editor look at it and possibly reverse the action in one sweep.
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Hello!

I thought I might follow up again regarding my IMDB page and provide an update of the urgency of the issue! I hate to be a nuisance, but  I wanted to share some upcoming news.

My film Dollar Night is screening tomorrow (Monday) at AFME in Albuquerque, NM.
http://holdmyticket.com/event/204319
https://www.facebook.com/events/815761675184251/

Also, I'm on the verge of releasing my film publicly for the first time since it's year long festival run tomorrow as well. (please see recent posts)
https://www.facebook.com/DollarNight

This is literally the worst possible time for there to be NO consistency of my past work (as minute as the credits may be). Currently "Ahora Veo" is being released as a sister short film to accompany my first feature film titled "Ciego" and I am hoping to pitch the project the industry presence available at AFME.
https://www.facebook.com/latinoscreenwritingproject/posts/1585527701682246

I was hoping to beg, plead and ask once again, if there might be a way to add urgency to this un-merge or re-grouping of my credits, as I am hoping to gain the most exposure for my current and upcoming work. There has been no change to restore my hard earned credits and I'm starting to suspect that the other name has absorbed my page since I hadn't claimed my page or doctored it up like he has (which is misrepresentative of my work - Including my "In Plain Sight" Actor Credit). I sincerely apologize for the additional push, but I'm sure you can understand my situation! Thank you again as always, and if there is any additional information I can provide, I will do so immediately. 

SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!! AND THANK YOU!

I've attached a screen shot of my account page to IMDB Pro (which is up to date).
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Just want to say, there's no way to know that "he" has done anything. It makes little sense to doctor a page by adding someone else's credits and then go by that name. It's going to come to light somehow. I'd say it's a mistaken merge of names and there is no conspiracy theory around it.

I moved over all the credits, except the acting one will need to be moved back, likely.

I am not sure about the Pro page being up to date thing. Was it always right? Or did it also have these credits added and now their gone? If so, maybe I didn't do anything and it's all processing now.

There is no means to "expedite" (or everyone will use it every time and we're back to square one) but it'll process as fast as it'll process.

Let's hope...
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I found the photo of the IMDB page the way it was, and re-attached it. (You'll see there is NO image attached as well as a short list of my credits under "Past Film & Video)

Where I obviously made a big mistake, is by not claiming the page and inputting my website info etc. As well as paying the extra money to upload my picture. 
I'm also attaching a screen shot of an email I received from the In Plain Sight production office a few years back. I can also send the call sheet for the day of the shoot, but can't send the private information if it will appear public. I can send a separate email if you have one with my information attached to the shooting schedule on the official call sheet when I filmed my scenes.

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Thanks, bluesmanSF. I've been a union member for almost 20 years and on IMDB for 15 years. I was Marco Antonio Martinez for 15 years and with the same link and I was in the 40k range in ranking and was pushed back to the millions. That wouldn't be a motivating factor for me to doctor a page. LOL.
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Why would someone sacrifice bis own page for a ranking on a page for an actor when he's not an actor...then complain his page was merged causing it to be undone?

Rankings are recalculated weekly. So it shouldn't affect you next week as you now have your own filmography listed.
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No idea. But since my traffic is driven there and actors are often weighed on this, it makes it an issue. Thanks.
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Hi Marco -

Apologies for not replying to this thread earlier.  It appears bluesmanSF has done a great job already sorting out the credits.  Is the only missing credit from your filmography the episode credit for  "In Plain Sight"?
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Hi Michelle, and Marco. I am the other Marco and I'm not sure how this happened. Basically, I have the same issue - my content was confused with the other Marco's content but I'd like to keep the link that I've had for 14 years here because it's ingrained in my marketing and other materials: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2037888

Also, my attributes are gone. I was in the 40k to 50k ranking on that page and I'm somewhere in the 1.5 million now. I'm also in the middle of projects and had some confusion with press and producers not being able to find me because they were given my link. Please let me know what I can do to help.

Thanks,
Marco Antonio
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Hi Michelle,

Do you have an update on when I can get my link, attributes and other info back?

Thanks,
Marco
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Hey Michelle,

These are snippets of my information left on my original page www.imdb.com/name/nm2037888





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Hi Michelle! 

Thank you so much for your help and (bluesmanSF) has been so helpful in helping me resolve the issue.

I took a few screen shots on what's left to be fixed and I'll upload and list them here:

1. The title images / bio are NOT correct - The gentleman below is NOT ME.

This is me... (I promise to upload a picture / bio / website / claim page etc).
https://vimeo.com/marcoantoniomartinez


2. Under Miscellaneous Crew - "Threshold" & "Catch 44" are NOT my credits (highlighted blue).


3. The actor credit for "Hot In Cleveland" is NOT my credit.


4. The actor credit for "In Plain Sight - Raph's Buddy" IS 100% MY CREDIT.


Thank you and bluesmanSF so much for helping me get my page restored. The only other small humble request I might ask for, is than in the profession description under my name if allowable, might read, Writer, Producer, Director - Thank you so much!
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Hey Michelle, 

I thought I would also add the edits to the "related videos" "personal details" "did you know" sections.

1. Related Videos
The "Demo Reel" and Trailer to "Cleaner" are NOT mine.
The Mirando Al Norte clip IS MINE.

2. Personal Details
The Official Site is NOT mine.
(Alternate name is correct as, I was credited as Marco Martinez on Wicked Lake (Production Assistant)
Height NOT mine.

3. Did You Know
Trivia: NOT mine (no masters degree)
Star Sign: NOT me

4. Message Boards
junetenbrown happy birthday message not for me.


Thank you so much again, and I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any additional info!
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You're very welcome. FYI to you and Michelle, there are pending submissions for those open issuess that remain (not sure why those stuck).
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Pics are gone now. You might want to "claim" the page now! ;)
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Hi Michelle and bluesman,

So you guys just kicked me off of a page I've had for over a decade, which is tied to my marketing and personal info. Where do we go from here?
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No, we didn't. Someone, not sure who, submitted to "merge" the two pages. So, the problem caused issues for both of you. Yours and the other Marco's information was all on one page.

I submitted requests to split the information into two pages. Both your "links" landed on that same page. So the other Marco had the same problem as you. Someone looking for his page would see your picture, credits, bio, message board posts, official site, etc.

Leaving as it was would mean that anyone using your "link" (more accurately, going to the page indicated by the 'constant number' in the link) would have seen a mix of your info and the other Marco's info. That would not have helped either of you as it'd be inaccurate both ways. Have you thought of having a "vanity url?" It allows for a link to your page that does not have the constant number, but instead, your real name? That's usually what people use on resumes, marketing, etc., and I believe is linked to whatever page your IMDbPro account is linked to. That way if a merge occurs, or some need to change your page, you'd still have a link to provide (and it's an IMDbPro feature, which you already have).

But Michelle gave info to the page editors and I submitted to make the one page into two pages. No one "kicked you off" of anything. Pages need to be unique to one individual. To have it remain as one page for the two of you would be problematic for you, him and all imdb users trying to get info on either of you.

Sorry this occurred but Michelle nor I were the ones to cause the problem.
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Hi bluesmanSF,

I'm not blaming you personally, what I'm saying is that the URL that I have had for a while has now been given to the other Marco. He even had an original URL http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3365841/?ref_=tt_ov_dr that reverts him to the one that I had www.imdb.com/name/nm2037888

My question is why can't we both just revert to our original URL's? Instead, when you click on either of them, they take you to the nm2037888 page, which has always been associated to me but is now his. 

As far as my links landing on the page, they should have always gone to the nm2037888 URL because I've only always made additions/corrections from my IMDB Pro account on that page. So it's just confusing to me and I've been waiting over two weeks for my page to come back but I only see progress being made to his page, which used to be my page. Does that make sense?
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Hi Michelle and bluesman,

So you guys just kicked me off of a page I've had for over a decade
Addressing us by names is kind of personalized, no?

My question is why can't we both just revert to our original URL's?
It'll be up to the page editors. Until there's a response from staff, I am not sure there's any benefit to keep repeating the explanation. I think you've done a good job of stating the issue very clearly and given good reason for the request.
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Touche. I meant I'm not blaming you guys for the original merge and I was referring to these notes as far as the continuing merge is concerned. Thanks, bluesmanSF.

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Yeah, it happens now and then, a mess like that. I guess people believe they're the same person and request the merge and the other Marco hadn't claimed his page or added photos so there was no easy reason to think the request wasn't warranted. That's why he added photos to go along with his credits, so it won't be as likely to happen again. Note that my original thinking was wait for staff to see if the merge can simply be reversed. Sometimes it can just be restored the way it was. But there hadn't been a response and Marco needed it to be done for "tomorrow" so we started trying to, one by one, divide the page into two. Most of it got split quickly, yet now there are still a few not yet changed, and your new request regarding changing url to the page back. Hopefully all can be fixed soon!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Staff: Can the Pro account be moved from this page....

A second person has "claimed" the wrong page and has his pics/bio, etc., displayed on Marco Antonio Martinez (I) (Producer, Dollar Night (2014)), or probably more accurately, a second person of the same name had his page merged to Marco's in error.

Can this be moved to where his credits have been moved, to Marco Antonio Martinez (III)

I submitted a miscellaneous correction but Marco (I) needs to use his page today..

Thanks!
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Thanks Marco for confirming the remaining incorrect data, I have filed a ticket for our data editors to take a look and they will sort this out as soon as they can.
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Hi Michelle,

I submitted, but was going to ask for your help since deletions are tough to get:

150603-003652-320000 to delete height (already added it to Marco (III))

150603-003220-552000 to delete birth date (submitted to Marco (III) hoping I could get approved simply referencing the fact it's already accepted, but on wrong page)

150602-234953-958000 to delete bio (already copied/pasted it to Marco (III))

Maybe data editors can just approve those deletions and help the birth date get back up on Marco (III)'s page.

And, yeah, the message board posts go to Marco (III) (no way to submit that).

Thanks for your help!

Oh, and:

150601-055433-484000 to correct the Threshold credit to the right page

150601-055701-406000 to correct the Catch .44 credit to the right page

150601-072134-872000 to move the In Plain Sight credit back to Marco (I)

edit to add:

150604-171405-630000 to delete official site completely...it's a dead link, no site found.
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Hi bluesmanSF, thanks for all your hard work to help get this filmography sorted out.  I have passed along your submissions references numbers and comments to our data editors who are currently reviewing all the pending changes for Marco's page.
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Hello all,

I was just checking on the status. All of my shared connections are still on this page: https://pro-labs.imdb.com/name/nm2037888/connections, as well as a comment directed to me, news articles, user lists, etc. I haven't seen any changes to my new page so I'm trying to get any information possible. Should I cancel my IMDB Pro account and then rejoin? Let me know.
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Canceling and rejoining will not have any effect. Besides, when you cancel, the account remains active as is until the end of the paid period. So, until the end of the month or year, depending on bow you pay. There'd be no benefit to the action.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My Page (for over 10 years) was given away! PLEASE HELP!.

I went to this link https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/my-entire-page-and-credits-were-merged-to-someone-elses-name... and joined the conversation. Someone else had his information merged on my IMDB page www.imdb.com/name/nm2037888, which I've had as Marco Antonio Martinez, Marco A. Martinez and Marco Martinez, since 2004 and they were given MY page. 

I replied to Michelle but she hasn't gotten back to me and IMDB has only assisted this other gentleman with his concerns. I am also an IMDB Pro member but I don't feel like one. Can someone please respond and let me know what can be done?

Thanks,
Marco
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The he you mention clearly did not merge them. He is the one who reported the mistake.
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I was just referencing the comments that I read beforehand. I'm not insinuating that someone did something on purpose. 
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Any updates on the unresolved items?
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No, unfortunately not for me. Almost half my stuff is still on my original page (rep info, news, comment, etc).
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I was bumping back to the top hoping staff can take another look.
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Hi there, I'd like to apologize for this mix-up and thank everyone for trying to fix it.

Unfortunately both name pages were merged incorrectly, but the initial fix to move one name's set of data to another page should have been the other way around. When two names are merged, the lowest 'const' remains as the primary const (in this case nm2037888) and the STARmeter always remains attached to the lowest const. In this case, the lowest const and STARmeter belong to the Marco Antonio Martinez who was initially split out to Marco Antonio Martinez (III).

So I have switched all the data back the right way:

Marco Antonio Martinez (I):
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2037888/

Marco Antonio Martinez (III):
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4987860/

Please note that some of the data may still be in the process of moving back to the right page. If any data is still appearing on the wrong page in the next couple of days, please let us know.

Again, sorry for the mix-up and any inconvenience caused.

Best,
Tom
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Thank you, Tom! I have been making this case from the onset. Thanks for listening and have a great weekend.