ATTN JMS: Edisode Credits (was Re: Production Process)

B5JMS Poster b5jms-owner at
Mon May 13 06:40:02 EDT 1996

Subject: ATTN JMS: Edisode Credits (was Re: Production Process)
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+  1: May 13, 1996: davidh at (David Henderson)
*  2: May 13, 1996: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)


From: davidh at (David Henderson)
Lines: 22

Jms at B5 (jmsatb5 at wrote:
>POST: 52 days (average)...  Final audio mix and delivery for insertion
>of commercials, credits, closed-captioning and satellite uplink.

Something I've noticed about the credits for Babylon 5 that seems
different from almost any other television show is that each guest
star is credited by character, e.g. (from Ceremonies)

                         DON STROUD
                          as Boggs

Practically all other television programs I watch just show the
actors' and actresses' names, but not the character's names.  Whose
decision was it to use this format?  PTEN?  Warner Bros.?  Someone

David Henderson
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From: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)
Lines: 9

Unless the actor negotiates something specific, that kind of credit is
pretty much left to the discretion of the production company.  On the
theory that it helps the audience to identify characters, we generally try
to use the names right from the script and identify them clearly.


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