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Old March 8 2008, 01:29 AM   #1
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Nebula Award Ballot Entry Controversy Continues

James Cawley, Star Trek: Phase II creator, disagrees with Marc Scott Zicree's assertions that Phase II (formerly New Voyages) productions are professionally produced.

As reported by TrekBBS, Cawley submitted a statement to the SFWA giving his viewpoint on the matter.

"Paramount Pictures owns the copyright to Star Trek," said Cawley. "The relationship of Star Trek New Voyages with Paramount Pictures is very strictly defined. Legally, we are a fan-based production. We exist solely because we maintain our amateur status, and good faith relationship with Paramount CBS."

Cawley went on to explain that while many professionals have worked on Phase II, including some SAG members who were paid, it was "but always with the understanding that we are a fan-based production."

"I must stress this as strongly as I can," said Cawley. "We are committed to maintaining our relationship with Paramount Pictures. We are a fan-based production. Legally, our episodes are amateur. Marc Scott Zicree's claims otherwise are notwithstanding."

Cawley explained why he felt World Enough and Time was not eligible for consideration. "As I understand the situation, as it was explained to me by Rules Committee Chair, Jeff Carver, the award requirements specify that only professional productions are eligible for consideration. Therefore, by the rules of the SFWA, the episode is not eligible. I understand this and I respect and agree with that position."

With more fan films being made and the reality of the internet, Cawley feels that SFWA may need to clarify the rule regarding professional productions. "The Board of Directors of the Science Fiction Writers of America has the authority to waive the professional production requirement in this case or reinterpret it to include Internet productions. This is new territory for everyone and I hope we can find a solution that serves us all."

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