Who boy, what a load of crap this recent development is…
Recently, Collider.com Editor in Chief Steven Weintraub fired a shot across the bow of Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, two traditional media magazines that have been covering the film industry for a combined 181 years. After providing untold thousands of links to the trade magazines’ sites when referencing news they first reported, Weintraub and several other popular film Web sites formally declared that they were sick of not being given the same courtesy.
Movie sites have been ripping off Variety and Hollywood Reporter for well over a decade now. How many articles a day do you think get quoted, reprinted in whole, unattributed or attributed without a link – all from the Hollywood trades? I would do a study, but I’m too lazy (and/or uninterested). I’m telling you, as a guy who has read these sites since the late 90’s and ran one intermittently since 2003, there are a ton of scoops (most really) ripped right from the trades by the little guys, then passed around like they just got the call from Harrison’s acting coach. If Variety gets credit for a scoop it’s rarely a linked credit, and more likely a link to a blog-buddy who has already summarized (read: regurgitated) the jist.
Bottom Line: Move Sites/Blogs need to get over themselves. Sure, the trades may have run an improperly attributed scoop (or two, or three).Â We couldn’t possibly count how many times in one day that happens to them. It’s all one big circle-jerk, we know it, the trades know it. Just because they don’t give you a jerk after years of neglecting them yourself, doesn’t mean they should be kicked out of the circle. In fact, you can’t kick them out – they’re the reason the circle exists most of the time.