Premiered in a film festival, released on cable TV/streaming service as a mini-series

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A contributor wanted to update a title because it is currently formatted as a movie. The film was first released earlier this spring as a 90-minute documentary at a film festival. In the fall, the filmmakers premiered a 4-part documentary mini-series on cable TV and on a streaming service. Presumably, the TV version has additional interviews and footage that would not have been in the early version.

What is IMDb's policy on 2 versions with the same title by the same filmmakers? Should there be just one title with a statement in the Alternate Versions section? Should there be two titles listed with one as the movie version and the other a TV documentary version?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi GMJ,

Each case is unique, it depends on the amount of new footage. If the differences are minimal then it should be listed as an alternate version on the existing title. If a lot of new material is added in the later series and the running time is significantly altered then it should be added as a separate title and linked with a movie connection to the original. If that is the case please make it clear in the submission comments that this isn't a duplicate otherwise it could be accidentally merged.

I hope this helps.
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Well this site has it debuting on the festival circuit at 90 minutes:http://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=51474~edeed7b8-5598-4ac6-994a-ca71bc407...;

But the Netflix series is listed as 
Ep.1 48min
Ep.2 46min
Ep.3 48min
Ep.4 46minThe opening titles take 1min and the end credits 2min precisely.By my calculations that's 188 minutes for the total series, minus 9mins for the extra openings and credits on 3 episodes; which should bring us to a grand total of 179mins. That seems drastically different than a 90min film to me. Basically an entire other film, if my calculations are correct.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80141782
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Thanks for the information.

Because I'm not a Netflix subscriber, the link shows only the title page and TV rating information. Does Netflix indicate the title's release date on their information page?
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Thanks sambsonwayfinder, that to me sounds like enough changes to warrant a second title listing. GMJ do you mind submitting the new TV series title making it clear in the comments and linking to this thread that it isn't a duplicate with a movie connection to the original?

Thanks.
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I don't mind at all. Thanks for the feedback.