Axanar David Grossman Declaration and Exhibits

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree.

Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title.

She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need.

She can always be bribed with pie.

Axanar David Grossman Declaration and Exhibits

The David Grossman Declaration was added as a part of the recent Application for an Ex Parte order.

Semantic Shenanigans Axanar David Grossman Declaration and Exhibits

There are a lot of documents here; we’ll get through them together, page by page, okay? This blog post paginates so it won’t load a ton of images every time.

Page 14

Peters continued:

But then, Prelude to Axanar director Christian Gossett said no, he couldn’t shoot there – not even at the new facility I had helped James rent and move into. He said there wasn’t enough room to do what he wanted and the sound stage was too small.

I offer this without further comment (and if you want to see the full page, of course it is here).

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D, Page 14

Page 15

So on this page, defense outlines how expenses have risen. And Peters stated:

Axanar is a fan film in that we are not the rights holders to the subject of our films, namely Star Trek. We do not own the intellectual property; CBS does. And that means we cannot profit from Axanar, ever.

Again, I present this quote without further comment and invite all readers to draw their own conclusions.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D, Page 15

Page 16

And on this page, defense specifies certain expenses, namely:

  • Rent – apparently the original location fell through and a secondary locale (presumably the Valencia property) cost more
  • Studio Retrofitting
    • Government Red Tape – this has to do with tenant improvements
    • Enlarged Scope of Work – this has to do with how they dealt with a loading dock they felt they could not use
  • Set Construction – this has to do with the durability of the sets and being able to move them as needed (this section also refers to a “locked script”)
David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D, Page 16

Page 17

And continuing the list from the previous page, supra:

  • Employee Costs – again, while defendant Peters says he and Ms. Kingsbury spend/spent a good 60 hours per week on Axanar, such was absolutely unnecessary. Now, I have no reason to doubt the time figure. However, it has been my experience that projects such as this will fill up all available free time. Hence the easiest way to cut that time is to, quite simply, say no. There was no reason for Axanar to be a full-time venture for anyone, regardless of the number of perks to fulfill. Better project management would have also entailed asking the hard questions, such as making hard decisions about physical perk fulfillment, as the process was not working for them. Again, hindsight is 20/20, but a firm managerial hand would have rethought the project’s commitment to physical perks.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D, Page 17

Page 18

So to continue the information from the prior page, supra, Peters also stated:

Also Rob Burnett, our Director for Axanar, is put on salary when he is working full-time for Axanar, such as when he did the Vulcan scene.

No one is making a lot. It is fair to say we are all working for a fraction of our previous salaries. But these experiences were not anticipated in the Kickstarter, and so are noted here.

To reiterate, as Peters himself said, they are/were not permitted to profit from Axanar. It does not matter how little they profited (and salaries are profit as they are overage). It just matters that they did.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D, Page 18

Page 19

So this section documents their lessons learned.

Most noteworthy, this section is all about donor types (highly engaged, laid back, and occasional – those are their terms). However, there is very little about lessons learned regarding perk fulfillment.

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D

David Grossman Declaration, Exhibit D, Page 19

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree. Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title. She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need. She can always be bribed with pie.

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