Significance of "Co" in "Co-Executive Producer"

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I've noticed that a lot of Rebecca Eaton's credits have been duplicated, so "executive producer: Masterpiece" has become two entries for each title: the existing one as executive producer and a new one as "co-executive producer: Masterpiece".

The actual on-screen credits are (for example)

Is there some significance in the word "Co" which implies that she is more than just an executive producer alongside (in this example) Daisy Goodwin, Kate McKerrell and Damien Timmer? If so, how is one meant to infer this from the on-screen credits.

It seems to be a fairly recent change to her entry: I didn't notice it when I submitted additions and corrections to the credits for Victoria in April 2019. It seems to affect many different titles.

Should it be removed for titles such as Victoria and Grantchester where I am certain how the credits listed her?

I presume that there should only be one entry (whether it be deemed to be "executive" or "co-executive") for any title, since only one job title was listed on-screen.
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Hi Martin -

The only credit that should be listed is the role that Ms. Eaton is credited with on-screen, so for "Victoria" and "Grantchester", if her on-screen credit on the episodes were only shown as "executive producer for Masterpiece", then this is what should be listed on the site and the duplicate "Co-executive producer" credits should be removed. 

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OK I'm doing that now.

One other thing: when the on-screen credit uses wording such as "Executive Producer for Masterpiece", should this always be rendered in IMDB as "executive producer: Masterpiece"? Should any wording that includes "for" or doesn't separate the job from the company with a colon be changed to conform?
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In IMDb usage, the colon is used to separate the job, in this case "executive producer", from the company, in this case "Masterpiece". So, "executive producer: Masterpiece" is the correct way to list this credit in IMDb.

From the guide: If the name appears in the on-screen credits under a Company sub-heading then they should be listed with their credited job title and the company name in the attribute field separated via a ":" (e.g. executive producer: Example Company).
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Thanks for confirming that. So I am right that "executive producer: Masterpiece" is the correct IMDB syntax, and that "executive producer for Masterpiece" is not and should in an ideal world be changed to the preferred format, even though it may happen to be listed on-screen with the wording "Executive Producer for Masterpiece" - one of the few cases where you don't transcribe what is written but instead apply a uniform house style.

While we're on house style, what is the correct IMDB capitalisation for an on-screen cast credit for a character name which is a description of a person's job or where they are encountered as opposed to their name (eg "Head Waiter", "Man in the Street"). My understanding is that all words should be capitalised except some prepositions and articles - such as "in" and "the" in my example), but I've seen a lot of credits that people have submitted where non-name credits only have the first word capitalised, despite how it may be written on-screen (which may be mixed camel case, all capitals or even all lower-case). It happens so often that I wonder whether it used to be IMDB house style a long time ago - or else there's someone submitting a lot of credits to IMDB incorrectly.
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Please read the link page below with guidelines on how to submit character names and descriptions.

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