Change TV movie into TV/web Series.

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My project started out as a TV movie unpublished pilot but now it is a TV (web) series - legit with distribution. How do I change the status to TV series and then add episodes? Or do I have to create a new project entirely with the same name /ll?
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Assuming that this 'unpublished pilot' actually became the first episode of the Web series, and was created on IMDb as a TV movie or special, not a series, the best way to go is probably to create a new series.

The name will not actually be the same, as the Series will have the name "My Special Project" (2013) while the current one is probably My Special Project (2013) (TV) . The quotes that show it to be a Series make it a different name.

Once the Series is created, you can then rename the current 'unpublished pilot' to make it an Episode of the new series. An Episode title is quite complex, so I would rather wait until you can provide the three titles (Current pilot title, actual series title, and desired Episode title if different than current pilot title) before explaining the exact format.

Providing more detail is always helpful, as it is difficult to give exact advice without exact data.
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Thanks for the reply and let me be a bit more specific.

The current project is "Between Jupiter and Mars (2012)"

I did try to create a new project as a TV (series) named "Between Jupiter and Mars (2013)" It was rejected because "Thank you for your submission, but this title appears to already exist on the site: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2551046/].

So what I want is Between Jupiter and Mars (2013) to be the series title. The episodes, starting with the pilot episode would be numbered 1-8 and could also be named.

And yes, the existing title could be renamed to be the first (pilot) episode of the series.

Does that help?
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When you start to enter a new title, on the first page you :
Enter the title (Between Jupiter and Mars)
Select Made for TV
Select the correct Status
Enter the year (2012)*
Select the correct I am ...

On the next page
Select TV Series

The next page has a large error message beginning with :
We already have titles which are similar to '"Between Jupiter and Mars" (2012)', are you sure it's not one of these? :-

Between Jupiter and Mars (2012) (TV) (Rob Bruner)
followed by many other titles.

If this is the message you meant, it is not a positive rejection of your new title. It is there for the case when someone is adding what they believe is a new title, but that is already on file -- e.g. someone adding "The Greatest Film" when it is already on the database as "Greatest Film"

You just need to check the box beside This is not an existing title. at the bottom of the list. Then just click Re-check these updates and proceed.

If the background of a message is amber it is only a warning and can be bypassed. If there is an error, the background will be red.

* I used 2012 rather than your stated 2013 because the date in the Title for a series is controlled by the Release Date in the first Episode, so even if you enter 2013 it will be changed to 2012 when the current title is merged.

As to Episode numbers : IMDb always uses the Season.Episode format, so the first episode of the first season is 1.1, followed by 1.2, 1.3 etc. If there is a second season, the numbers would be 2.1, 2.2, 2.3.

The format is fixed and you cannot just have 1 to 8, they will need to be 1.1 to 1.8

The format for an episode title is :

"Series Title" (Year) {Episode Title (#Season.Episode)}

All the quotes and brackets need to be entered correctly

So once the Series is present (and assuming you use 2012), you would need to change the Title of the current listing to :
"Between Jupiter and Mars" (2012) {(#1.1)}
if you are not adding episode names, or something like
"Between Jupiter and Mars" (2012) {Pilot (#1.1)}
if you want titles.
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Ok this all makes sense but when I submitted the new title before (which was Between Jupiter and Mars (2013) IMDB sent back a message saying "Thank you for your submission, but this title appears to already exist on the site: [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2551046/]."

So if I submit again with the exact same title I am afraid they are going to reject it again. Any suggestion?
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Was that a warning message in the submission, or a Help Desk Message sent to you after you submitted the New Title add request? I did not think of the second option when I read your previous message, and replied in the belief that it was a problem in submission.

If it was a message from the Data Managers, you should go to your Help Desk Contacts and reply to that message, explaining that you are adding the series, and will then change the current item to the first episode. it might be wise to include a link to this thread. They should either accept the previous submission or indicate any more action you need to take.

Sorry about the misunderstanding.
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Great, thanks - I'll let you know how it goes!