Last night Rudy and I had a very candid conversation with one of the folks at Tubefilter. He's a great guy that I've known since early 2007 and he's never fed me any bullshit. As a result, he finally talked with us about what's been happening behind the scenes.
Firstly, I'm not going to reveal the details of our conversation since he made it clear that this wasn't something Tubefilter wanted to discuss online. As forward-thinking as they are with their online presence, they feel it's important to keep certain business affairs off the web. Completely understandable. But, if you read Liz Miller's article on NewTeeVee today, you'll see the gist of what we talked about.
Over the past few months there's been a lot of bullshit surrounding the Streamys and yesterday's blog post just reflected that I can't take any more of it. You know the expression "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."? At this point, I feel like they're trying to fool us a fourth time and it's really trying the community's patience. Some of the community wants to fight, some want to forget, all want to move on.
Here's what I think should happen:
- Tubefilter should stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes and be completely honest with us from now on.
- IAWTV members should appoint a new chair and board of directors (not necessarily 100% new, but definitely approved by the community) made up of a devoted selection of creators and executives that have the time to be involved. I don't think it's necessary that Tubefilter have two people on the board of directors, as long as they have one liaison for the Streamys.
- The two organizations should work together to plan the 2011 Streamys.
Yes, I really did just say that.
From what I've heard and seen over the past few weeks, Tubefilter (although they never properly apologized the way we wanted them to) has their tails between their legs and wants to prove that they can still make a great award show. I think we should give them a chance... but under the supervision of the IAWTV. I would like to see the Chair (or an appointed board member) overseeing all the decisions made for next year, and members of the IAWTV volunteering to help with the preparations.
This may not be what either Tubefilter or the IAWTV want to do, but a compromise has to be made in order for us (the community) to move on to other issues (e.g. union agreements, IMDb credits, etc.). I think that giving them another chance, but under heavy supervision, is a fair idea. What do you think?
[Above photo (cc) Matthew W. Jackson]