Script Editor Credits

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I've got a similar problem, some of my script editor credits show up under editorial department while some are under the writers section. My script editor credits certainly belong to the writers section, as I'm credited as a writer on the show and the job included complete re-writes of scripts. How do I move the credits to the right section? 

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Hi Korbinian,

Thank you for your message. These credits belong in the Other Crew position, in light of this I've now moved all of your associated credits to the other crew department.

Regards,
Will
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Hi Will,

and thanks for your reply. Unfortunately the credits on this show as script editor definitely belong to the Writer position. I am credited as a writer on the regarding episodes as well as the job involved complete re-writes of scripts, re-plotting, adding new scenes, writing new storylines and and and. In a daily drama the script editor writes the final drafts of the scripts as well as re-writing them to a very high degree. I also receive writer's residuals for this work. So please could you move these credits back to the Writer position? 

Thank you a lot and best,

Korbinian
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Hi Korbinian -

Please note that we list credits based on the on-screen credits for a title, so even if you participated in several Writer related tasks, we will list your credit based on how you were credited on-screen.  As Will mentioned, your credits were moved to the Miscellaneous Crew section because this is where we list credits for "Script Editor" (Script doctors and script consultants are also listed under this section).  You can find additional information on our guide here.  
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Hi Michelle,

thank you a lot for your reply. That is my whole point, I am credited on screen as a writer. I could try to get a screen shot for you, but the episodes are not online anymore. Meaning I'd have to contact the production company and see if someone does me the favor to screenshot one of the episodes from the time when I was working there on staff. Would that help/be necessary? 

Thank you guys for your great help and best,

Korbinian
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Hi Korbinian -

To clarify, if you are currently credited incorrectly as a "Writer" instead of a 'Script Editor', you will first need to submit the applicable episode credit corrections through our online Update form.  If the updates are not accepted, you should then seek evidence and post it here so our editors can verify the on-screen credits. 
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Hi Michelle,

and thank you again. I think I understood now. I am credited on screen as a writer, which is correct. So I correct the credits via the online update form and see if it's accepted. Otherwise I'll post screenshots as evidence. 

I hope I got this right now. Sorry for the hassle and best.

Korbinian 
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Thanks Korbinian!
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No worries, I did as you said.

I still got to say, in order to be 100% accurate the script editor needs to be moved to the writer section. 

The problem is, that on American TV shows (to my knowledge) titles like "script editor" are given to junior writers (correct me when I'm wrong). 

On German TV shows, the script editor actually is editing the script which means re-writing. He is a "higher" position than the writer, because he has the power to completely re-write the scripts and he does. 

It basically works like this: 

An outliner (or storyliner) writes the story. A story editor re-writes it (first how he thinks it's best, than according to network notes). A dialogue writer turns it into a first draft script. A script editor re-writes the script into the next draft (which can be a complete page one re-write) and then does the final draft (according to network notes of course). 

It is a complete collaborative process. So they should be all writers. 

Anyway, having said this, a credit as a "writer" is the accurate. 

Buuuuuut, this has been long discussed I suppose... 
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Hi Korbinian -

Thanks for your feedback.  We are aware that credits are grouped in categories that sometimes don't accurately reflect how they are displayed and organized in film credits or production listings. Whenever possible, we try to follow standard industry conventions, our organization is also based on internal technical requirements, which in some cases necessitate grouping together credits for unrelated jobs.

Currently, Script Editor credits are listed under the Miscellaneous Crew section.  You can see a list of what we accept in the Writer section here.
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Hi Michelle,

thanks a lot, I am aware that imdb is doing it's best. According to the regulations story editors are now under the writer section - which is totally accurate in my opinion. However, just another reason why script editors should be there as well. 

Anyway, I'll credit as a writer then since this is how I've been credited on screen. 
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Hi Korbinian -

Thanks for your note.  Once you submit the Writer credit it will be reviewed for approval by our staff.  Cheers!
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Hi Michelle,

sorry for bothering again but I submitted the writer's credit a week ago and it still hasn't changed. I honestly feel misrepresented under the miscellaneous crew because I'm a writer, I was writing on those episodes and I'm on-screen credited as a writer. 

I know it can take some time when submitting credits on imdb but usually it went much faster. Is there something we can do?

Thank you so much for your help, I appreciate.

Best

Korbinian 
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Hi Korbinian,

Please can you supply a screenshot for those credits? Then we can investigate further.
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Hi Will,

and thank you a lot for your answer. Here is an exemplary screenshot of how the writers are credited on the show we're talking about, "Dahoam is Dahoam". Here you can see that the head writer, the story liners, the story editor, the dialogue writer and the script editor are all credited as writers. In a daily drama it is a highly collaborative process. Therefore they (and me) are all listed under writers (in German "Autoren" as in authors). 

As said, this is an exemplary screenshot since I try to save us both the time from going through the screenshots of over 60 episodes. 

I really do not want to be misrepresented on imdb. I do understand that it is a difficult task to represent all credits at all times accordingly. But on a daily drama it is very clear how the writers should be credited. The sheer amount of having a script ready every day with multiple horizontal storylines is only to achieve when working in a collaboration of multiple writers. 

Thank you a lot and best,

Korbinian 
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Hi Korbinian,

Please do not take our bucketed list types as any slight on your job role, we respect the work of all crew positions creating media content.

Were these the only writer credits that were shown on screen in each episode or were there more specific additional credits at the beginning and end of each episode?

Regards,
Will
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Hi Will,

I am aware of this, thanks for saying it though. I am sorry if I came across like taking this the wrong way. I as well respect all positions in the whole process. I just want to make sure I am credited the right way. I also know you guys are doing an amazing job with all the content on imdb. 

And yes, on screen these are the only writer credits shown in each episode. The writers are only credited once and that's in the way you see in the screenshot. 

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with this.

Best,

Korbinian
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Hi Korbinian,

Thank you for your message. Based on the screenshot I've moved your credits to the writer department to reflect how they are credited on screen.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Regards,
Will
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Hi Will,

thank you a lot for your patience and your great work. I appreciate.

Best,

Korbinian 
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No problem!