Two directors listed, seems like a mistake - it that enough to delete one of them?

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This title (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708558/?ref_=ttep_ep4) has both LeVar Burton and Rene Auberjonois listed as directors. During the opening credits, it clearly says the episode was directed by LeVar Burton. Rene Auberjonois does have a star actor credit for the episode (and the rest of the series), as he should.

I was wondering about submitting a request to delete Rene Auberjonois' directing credit, but I wasn't sure the lack of an opening credit was enough, so I figured I'd be better safe than sorry, and ask here first. My interest is both specific for the mentioned episode and in general - is it acceptable to delete a credit in such circumstances?

Thanks in advance for your guidance. :)
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My take is that if a person was mistakenly listed on IMDb and actually not in the title's actual credits, I would submit an update removing the name and include a video still of the directing credits for that specific episode.

If there was any proof Auberjonois co-directing the episode (an entertainment article, for example) but was never listed in the credits either by mistake or on purpose, I would add an uncredited attribute.

I hope this helps.
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Well, it's the scenario on your second paragraph that is bothering me. If I can find anything conclusive to support the claim that Auberjonois deserves the credit - problem solved, but otherwise, it would leave the question unanswered, as not finding the information doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't exist.

I guess that what I'm trying to ask, is how certain do I need to be? I mean - I am pretty sure it's just a mistake, but I can't just pick up the phone, call one of the producers and ask. :)

By the way, the video still thing is a little tricky, as it would take both the credit and the episode's name to appear, in order for it to be an actual proof. A still of just the credit can be from any episode. If my word is good enough when it comes to what episode the still is from, I suppose it might as well be good enough for the credit itself, don't you think? ;)
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If Rene Auberjonois is not listed in the credits (as a director), I guess the issue is pretty clear. Of course there still could be a few options:

- He was "uncredited" director and this is "confirmed" in some magazine, interview, audio commentary (DVD/BD, etc. Since this is Star Trek, the fans want to submit this type of information.

- He's listed in the end credits as "co-director", "additional director"etc and the credit is in the wrong section.


For what is worth, Wikipedia doesn't list the episode "Indiscretion" when it comes to his director-credits:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_...

Also, he's not listed here:
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/In...

This also says that he directed "8 episodes" (and not 9 as IMDb lists):
http://www.startrek.com/database_arti...
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The way I understand it, if you are auditing credits, and the on-screen credits say "Directed by LeVar Burton" while IMDb says "Directors: Rene Auberjonois, LeVar Burton", you can assume that the error is in IMDb and submit a deletion for Rene's credit.

If Rene had been an uncredited director on the episode, then the person who submitted his credit ought to have given him an (uncredited) attribute. They didn't. Therefore, the person must have thought Rene was credited. But he wasn't. So the submitter must have been wrong. It's understandable that this error could have been made, since both Rene and LeVar were actors on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and each of them directed a number of episodes of it.

So, in short, in a situation like this, rely on the on-screen credits when they are explicitly contradicted by the IMDb credits; don't assume that the IMDb credits are mostly correct but missing an (uncredited) attribute. This is particularly true for a director credit -- most dramatic television episodes have exactly one director. If exactly one director is listed on screen, that's usually how many directors the episode actually had.
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I have to correct myself. LeVar Burton was on Star Trek: The Next Generation, not Deep Space Nine.
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Kk, thanks, guys. I appreciate the help. Conclusion: 'Research' plus 'Common Sense' equals 'Big Success'. :)

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