So here is the thing...
When a show belongs to a project, it tends to have a lot of the same info. Such as producer, category, custom field stuff, comments etc....
I think it would speed things up and avoid typos if when you created a project, you could set defaults for a shows bibliographic information. Then when you create a new show and link it to a project it populates all the default fields for you. If you need to change anything, no problem, just change it. But it would save you from typing the same stuff over and over and over and over and over and over.....
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That's a neat idea. Cablecast could use some sprucing up in terms of series/episodic programming, this could help.
I wonder... Since you can add a show to a project at any time, what happens when a project has a default value for some field, but that field is already filled out in the show record? I'd imagine that it should keep the show's values, and only fill in the default project values for fields that are empty? Just wondering what you'd think.
CHAMP0I just had a situation where the host of a program changed. I had already created a series of shows that were scheduled through the middle of September, and each show had the old host's name in the Episode Description field (a custom field). So I had to go back through and change the host's name in that field, for all FUTURE shows, one show record at a time. Needless to say, that was tedious. A solution that would update a batch of show records all at once would be fantastic. But I wouldn't want a process whereby one global field changes all PAST and FUTURE show records either. Maybe there could be a way of defining what parameter of changes, by date, show record, etc? Just my two cents!
“sprucing up in terms of series/episodic programming” ... a couple of ideas ...
Assigning a single show ID to a series (weekly, let's say) keeps the scheduling easier and the searches quicker and faster, but at the cost of losing exactly how long/how many times each episode ran.
Individual show IDs keeps all the pertinent data, but when searching for “Episode Name” the user would get many, many results ... most of which are no longer applicable.
A combination of utilizing projects for episodic programs with the ability to better control searches and search results would be helpful. Perhaps all this along with using the disposition would make it all work together.
Think of monthly city council meetings ....
The project is City Council Meetings. There are N episodes. Some are actively being aired (within 90 days or something). Search for City Council and you get the City Council project with the “active” (perhaps based on disposition) episodes. Change the project information, you change the all the NEW episodes created.
I would love a bulk update mechanism, but that's for another thread.