Different segments - clarification?

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( This is basically a spin-off of the earlier thread: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/dancers-in-stage-productions-actors-or-him-herself )

I have another TV-special basically commemorating 150 years of the important events etc. Again, all happens on stage in front of the live audience with some vip guest like the President etc. 

Anyway, the program has some speeches, dance numbers, musical numbers, poem reciting and acting. Every segment has its own on-screen "title" during the program and own cast/crew in the end credits (for example, one person has directed the acting segment, one has adapted a poem for stage, one is a choreographer AND dancer for the dance number, some are actors, some are musicians, etc).

How should I credit the actual segments? Or should the segments be credited in the first place?

Meaning, that for example:

* CAST / Doe, John - - - - - Dancer - - - - - attribute: (segment "The Fly of the Bird")


* WRITERS / Doe, Jane - - - - - attribute: (adaption) (segment: "Let Me Recite a Poem to You")


* Second Unit Directors or Assistant Directors / Doe, Mike - - - - - occupation: director - - - - - attribute: (segment: "My Actors are Acting")

Thank you.

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I'm sure there used to be something in the help guides explicitly setting out the rules for segments, but I can't find it now. Perhaps I'm just imagining it or maybe it got lost when all the help pages were changed a year or so ago.

The only thing I can find now is from the character name guide, which says:
Parentheses should only be used to define segments a character appears in (for productions with multiple segments): i.e. Friendly John (segment "Star Struck"). Use double quotes for the segment name.
Curiously, it implies that the (segment...) should be part of the character name, not an attribute. I'm not entirely sure about that one.

For crew, though, I'm fairly sure that adding the segment as an attribute is the right approach if the segments are identified in the on-screen credits.

EDIT: And then I checked the list of attributes in use for a few departments and saw that 'segment' doesn't show up there... so maybe it's not the right approach after all. Hopefully someone else can shed some light on this.
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Thanks for the thoughts. In the past, I have used the attribute: ”(segment "Star Struck") in a few times with Directors, when the episode of the series includes several different stories and each story has its own name (on-screen caption).
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Hi Eboy -

A good example of a title with segments is "New York, I Love you": https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808399/

If the cast and crew worked under specific titles, an attribute including the segment title should be included, such as for the "(segment "Star Struck")" that you mentioned.