Companies with the same name but different country codes have been merged together

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I have noticed that the local Entertainment One distributors ([nl], [es], [gb], etc.) have all been merged together under the main company Entertainment One [ca]. Recently, the same was done with all local Netflix companies.

This doesn't make any sense. They may belong to the same parent company, but they are not all the same companies. Is it possible to change this back?
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FangsNL

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Michelle, Official Rep

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Hi FangsNL -

Please note that the recent company merges you referenced were accurate as  per our guidelines here;  companies that have multiple branches in different locations but are the same organization should be listed as one company.

If the company was credited under a different name on a title, then the applicable name attribute will need to be added for that credit/title.
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Hi Michelle,

Thanks for you answer. I was unaware of that specific guideline.

It still strikes me as odd/unwanted. Does this mean that, for example, all local Warner Bros. ([nl], [gb], [de]) will be merged under Warner Bros. [us]? And the same for Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures International (UPI), etc.?

For some companies (like the example given in the guidelines), I can understand it's the best thing to do, with a name attribute to identify a credit under a different name. But for large distributors that operate worldwide, I think the distinction between the local branches gives a much clearer, less cluttered overview.
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Hi FangsNL -

Yes, that is correct, for most companies listed on the site, such as the company examples you mentioned, they should be listed as one company.  If you encounter companies listed on the site under several different branches you can request a merge through the company change form here.

There are certain company types that don't apply to this policy, these are Distribution companies that provide Video On Demand services such as Amazon Instant Video or Netflix, you can find additional information regarding these company types in the guide here.
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Hello Michelle,

can you specify what is the reasoning behind this (and since when this guideline is active)?