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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Behind the scene at The Wrap’s article on the Fade In Screenwriting Contest. - post author Don

Thanks Audrey for the heads up on Fade In Magazine’s Response to the recent article in The Wrap entitled Are Aspiring Writers Being Lured With Promises Fade In Can’t Keep? which I blogged about last week.

After having received the following from Audrey…

You have a link to “Fade In response,” which does not go to Fade In Magazine’s response*, which is at – – It is illegal to disseminate defamatory and libelous information from a third party**. I understand why it’s newsworthy but would appreciate you also link to and or give Fade In’s side to the story***. If not, I’ve been instructed**** to contact our lawyers to send you a letter to remove the deragatory [sic] statements*****, as mediabistro****** and other sites******* have had to do in order not to be sued*******. I hope you understand. Please read my letter from the editor at and click on the links. You may understand better.*********
(astrisks added)
…I was left scratching my head about what I wrote in my blog post that was derogatory, defamatory or libelous (I’ll wait for the lawyers to let me know) and of course felt compelled not only correct the errant link, but also to make sure you are aware and have a chance to read Fade In Magazine’s response which begins, Did a new entertainment media competitor maliciously attack Fade In and its editor in chief in order to attract readers to its new website or is there something more sinister going on besides sloppy reporting? You decide.

So, read the other side of the story which I think you will find interesting and informative and a deep dive on the interworkings of online media magazines. – Don

update: For what it’s worth, MediaBistro still has their article on this up.

*That was the only response at the time
**ain’t been proved.
****instructed by who? Zorgon? The Voice in your head?
*****What deragatory or derogatory statements?
******mediabistro’s article is still up.
*******nope, just two dorky sites have posted about this.
********Bring it. Hollow threat. Seriously, “put my link up or I’ll sue you.” Please have your lawyer contact me. You are pathitic and whiney.
*********see above response.

9 Comments so far


March 17th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

gee, audrey, now they linked to your site… but why is the comments link broken at the bottom of your letter?


Kurt Munro
March 18th, 2009 at 3:30 am

Pay-to-submit script competition screws over entrants? REALLY?

Anyone who ever enters a script competition deserves everything they get (nothing).


March 18th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

There are too many screenwriting contests.
Screenwriters want fame but refuse to learn to become
full-time screenwriters. Going for hollywood when hollywood is about making movies and very respect for screenwriters.

I don’t know what FADE IN is trying to do by creating contests and attracting below average writers.


March 18th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Note to self: Stay away from Fade In


March 19th, 2009 at 10:07 am

ROTFLMAO, Link to my site or I’ll sue you. So, how much is FadeOut paying you for the ad?


March 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Fade in, Fade out. Looks like a contest not to enter.


March 20th, 2009 at 2:14 am

Dudes, Audrey’s hot –
Besides, she’s got hot preteens on her site – WaterLilies, very hot


Stay Away from Fade In
March 30th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

BARF! Audrey is NOT hot. She looks nothing like that photo in person. She has ripped so many people off, not only writers and she attempts to intimidate those who confront her. She said someone in the story was being investigated and wasn’t believable… doubt it. I hear she is on the district attorney’s radar for many crimes. She wanted to fight my friend in the hallway of small claims court a few months ago, just because they wanted to be paid.


Screenwriting Competitions: My Two Cents | Probability Fields
March 31st, 2009 at 2:42 pm

[…] the Fade In competition here, which prompted a response from them here, and then it got uglier here.  Threatening lawsuits, harassment, accusations, lame […]

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