There are so many things about the tone of many of these comments that bother me. For one, most of them are quick to assert an authoritative sounding diagnosis, when it's clear to anyone familiar with the actual events to see how uninformed those assertions are.
I sincerely empathize with anyone who's part of the collosal damage that's being done, including all the freelancers who've yet to be paid, as well as other entities such as the people associated with the building whose rent hasn't been paid, and many more who've been effected. And there should be a good place for folks to vent their dismay, frustration, anger, disappointment, whatever. I just wonder if there's a way to do that without having to make up lies and unfounded interpretations of what actually happened.
A couple important facts to help clarify:
1) Damon was not out trying to sell himself prior to his departure. He was desparately seeking a way to keep as much of the company together as possible, including saving as many of the jobs as possible and to the benefit of his partners.
2) He was also urgently pushing for a way to avoid the Ch. 11, so that institutions such as Wells Fargo wouldn't take precedence as creditors over the individual vendor/creditors like freelancers.
3) Just because a guy like that has the dynamism to build a company that employed over 150 people, doesn't mean he had the expertise to make all the intricate financial decisions. He might have known what decisions were being made; he might not have understood the long term implications of those decisions.
4) I probably know a lot of the anonymous commenters in this section. Based on the tone of many of these comments, I can assure you, many of you would have behaved much more deplorably under the same circumstances.
If you’re like us, you know without a doubt that your esteemed colleagues stand behind you. So far behind you that you can’t even see them.
Which is why we think things might play out like this:
1. The brother and sisterhood of the AEMAis formed in order to “collect and make available… economic data and other similar information.” Which is to say they get together and pitch a collective fit about how they’re all getting hosed by the studios.
2. Members take a blood oath to stand together against the oppression and injustice heaped on them by tyrannical studio marketing execs.
3. “The Vendor Client Relationship” video is posted anonymously on YouTube.
4. Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood (which is a must-read for ALL studio marketing execs) runs the video and reports: “Even though he didn't make this video, the president of the Association of Entertainment Marketing Agencies is sending it around to trailer houses.”
5. Studio marketing execs have their assistants access the Internet to determine who is the president of AEMA.
6. Pissed off studio execs pull jobs from El Presidente's trailer house, thus alarming the other members.
7. Panic stricken, they renounce El Presidente and make a mad scramble to pick up those jobs -- at whatever price the studios are willing to pay.
I don't think I've ever seen your site "light up" as it did over last week's news that a particular executive had been walked out of his own company. I got so addicted to the hourly play-by-play that I couldn't stop coming back for more. I've seen my share of advertising print drama go down, but we've never had a front row seat like this. Your site could be a great source of damage control. However, I'm baffled that CREW's management hasn't seized this unique opportunity to inform the community exactly what's really happening.
I mean c'mon!!!! Let hear: Who escorted him out of the building? Police? Partners? Bouncers? On what grounds? He's a partner/owner and it's his business. Somebody please clarify how that is even possible? And I'm sorry, but a founding partner knows what was going on financially in his business. Period end of paragraph.
Nobody should be fooled into thinking otherwise. Including all of us rat-bastard freelancers!!
Please start a new thread and help the employees, supporters and detractors of CREW get to the bottom of this mystery. And perhaps help those freelancers who still have outstanding invoices get paid FIRST.
And if you want to know who I am, I'll be the one toasting marshmallows on the bonfire.
As a public service, we are passing along an urgent plea from the official Harry Potter fan club that one of our readers found on this site (warning: contains explicit images of extreme poster overload):
Dear Warner Brothers,
Please stop making Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince posters… Enough is enough. We don't have any more room on our walls to put up any new Harry Potter posters, one-sheets, character banners, images or concept art…”
The good news is that since all those posters appear to be the work of this creative shop, and since we all know how promptly and cheerfully Warners pays their vendors, we’re certain those overdue checks to those rat bastard freelancers are already in the mail.
We have no axe to grind here at MonKeyartAwards, only a big, ol' wooden spoon we like to use to stir up the rabble.
But let's face it, boys and girls, things are bad all over, not just on Wilshire Blvd. It’s all too common for a company to have cash flow problems these days. Despite big box office returns, the studios are taking advantage of a rotten economy to lowball already reduced budgets and stall on payments. And this trickles right on down to the bottom of the barrel - which is where freelancers live.
An over-extended company is going to pay the rent and meet payroll first before it pays outside vendors. But, since freelancers carry rumors the way rats carry fleas, an agency puts its reputation on the line when it burns a freelancer.
So, for your own sake, pay those rat bastard freelancers!
As an art director of Crew, I can
tell you that Damon Wolf was the heart and soul of this company and that the
financial structure of this company was and is a mess, which was not under
...When he was escorted out of that building, everyone
was in tears and gave him a standing ovation... that says a lot about his
character and his creativity
Posted by CRE(-W)
This is posted in its entirety in the comments section of Monday's post "A Tale Of Whoa, Dude".