My colleagues were kind enough to let me know this morning that â€œour friendsâ€ at Variety had blatantly pinched my â€œArcanaâ€ scoop from yesterday â€“ publishing it not only without credit but essentially structured, and worded, the same. The seemingly-upstanding emerald-coloured trade may as well have just cut and paste our story â€“ which, by the way, was published some 14 hours before theirs â€“ because whatever way you look at it, itâ€™s mother fuckin’ InterWeb robbery.
I considered going into a raging tirade â€“ bringing up examples of how my colleagues, like Collider, IESB and /Film, have also had their â€˜scoopsâ€™ pinched by the trades; as well as stating how most of us make little to no money for our â€˜hard workâ€™ obtaining such scoops, scoops later pilfered by the trades as their own â€“ but decided itâ€™s not worth it. Itâ€™s not going to change anything. This has been going on for years, and until some kind of fiercer, more stringent new media publishing rule is installed, itâ€™s going to keep happening. Not everyone working for the trades work this way (in fact, Anne Thompson is one of the best there is), but it seems to becoming more and more noticeable that these so-called â€˜tradeâ€™ breaks are sloppy seconds from independent websites like Moviehole. The trades aren’t the only ones who pinch like an inebriated geriatric at a singles bar… some well-known local newspapers do it too. For fucks sake, if you want the scoopsâ€¦ how about hiring us to write the stories? Email me for my rates. I’ve probably got more in’s, and more keys to the back doors of those that matter, then anyone caviar-scooping typist making $28/hr.
One publicist said over email, upon noticing the similarities in the stories, that, â€œThe sad thing is a lot of the studios are in bed with the trades. Theyâ€™re easier to control, less opinionated than indy websites like yours, and can essentially get away with whatever they want because theyâ€™ve been around forever. I too hope this attitude changes â€“ just as I do some studios belief that old media is better than new media â€“ because itâ€™s becoming more and more evident that filmgoers and movie-buffs take notice of you guys, and Dark Horizons, and CHUD, and whoever else, than they do the tradesâ€¦ or the newspapers. You have a much bigger audience, but more so, you have the audience we/they should be targeting. You all say how it isâ€¦. Which is why Iâ€™m almost expecting you to let Variety have it in the form of own of your amusing columnsâ€.
Another studio publicist tells me that, “It’s not right – but unfortunately these big corporations like to treat the independently run film websites like Ivan Drago did Apollo Creed. Considering you guys do all the work – and most of us realize that, believe me – it’s disappointing, I know. You’d know, working for so many magazines and newspapers like you do, that sometimes it’s the editor that decides to leave the credit out… because it looks better if they got the scoop. Just make sure you give the scoop on your next film to anyone but this outlet. That will teach them“.
Look, all we can do is â€˜hopeâ€™ that most of you do the right thing, and link to whose story it actually is, rather than those who are running it second-hand without kudos to the originator. And considering how many of my fellow webmasters wrote in to tell me about the pinch, it seems you are. Thanks all. Disheartening when this stuff happens because, as most in the indy website biz know, you’re here for the readers not the money – because, quite frankly, there isn’t any.
But here, see for yourself how similar these stories are:
- Limitless potential for new CBS pilot - January 29, 2015
- Another Zoolander star returning for sequel - January 29, 2015
- Stephanie scares up more cast! - January 29, 2015
- Kevin Spacey marks his territory with Nine Lives lead - January 29, 2015
- Pitt to go to Africa for Jolie - January 29, 2015
- Battlestar Galactica fave heads to Fargo - January 29, 2015
- Rudolph, Smith doing their bit for Brothers in Arms - January 29, 2015
- Inbetweeners actor joins Now You See Me 2 - January 29, 2015
- Four more join Wet Hot American Summer series - January 29, 2015
- Aykroyd responds to Ghostbusters casting - January 29, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.