3RD UPDATE THURSDAY: WGAW Pressured IMDB On Writers Credits
2ND UPDATE 5:30PM: Writers credits are back atop IMDB. Cool.
UPDATE 3PM: This change is on IMDB, not IMDB Pro. Here is what IMDB says:
Notice something different? IMDb is continually trying out new ways to provide and display content that will improve your experience on our site. Over time, you may notice that we’ve added a new feature or changed around elements within a particular page or section. We will not be removing data from the site but we may occasionally alter where data is located. We are always interested in constructive feedback from you regarding these changes, especially if you’ve experienced a change in functionality on the site. Please send feedback to: http://www.imdb.com/helpdesk/contact_form
12PM: Bad enough that free IMDB (not pay IMDB Pro) has grown increasingly unreliable as a source of accurate and up-to-date showbiz info. But I’m suddenly flooded with angry emails complaining about IMDB’s latest moronic decision: moving writers down to “Additional Details” so that now only directors and the major cast are at the top of the movie’s home page there. This took place a day ago and is an outrage! (And it’s long been an outrage that below-the-line crew are relegated to a different page…) “Even if the director is also the writer, the credit has been drop-kicked to the bottom with the crew,” one writer fumes. “Writers and composers are the only artists in the filmmaking process that begin with a blank page. We create the blueprint, the foundation upon which every director, actor and craftsperson builds. This must stop. Please, Nikki, mention this and help IMDB change this attempt to ‘whitewash’ the writer from their proper place in filmmaking credits.” Or, as another writer emails, “Let slip the dogs of war on these assholes.” IMDB bigwigs and their Amazon bosses read my website. NOTE: One very reliable source of info on IMDB is Lew Irwin’s Studio Briefing, which is also now a blog…)