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24th Sep '17 4:08:46 PM GrammarNavi
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* The final run of ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'' SpinOff ''Strontium Dogs'' was credited to an "AlanSmithee" after writer Peter Hogan was fired.

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* The final run of ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'' SpinOff ''Strontium Dogs'' was credited to an "AlanSmithee" "Alan Smithee" after writer Peter Hogan was fired.
16th Aug '17 2:01:12 PM Folamh3
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Closely related to UncreditedRole.
12th Aug '17 11:14:07 AM MetaFour
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* Referenced in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S11E12CarnivalMagic Carnival Magic]]'': Upon seeing that Al Adamson was the film's director, one of the riffers quips, "Al Adamson is the name Alan Smithee uses when he doesn't want ''his'' name on a film."
27th Jul '17 5:35:57 AM OlfinBedwere
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** Hurley himself had previously gone under the pseudonym C.J. Holland for the first season story "Hide and Q," after it was heavily rewritten by Roddenberry. In this case however, Hurley later admitted that he had been too hasty, and that Roddenberry's rewrite had actually improved the episode.
** In an odd variation, this trope applies to the shooting script of the third season episode "The Ensigns of Command," but not the aired episode. Writer Melinda Snodgrass wrote the story as depicting Data having to learn that sometimes he would need to resolve a situation through force rather than logic, only for new showrunner Michael Wagner to change the story so that Data is instead prevented from using the forceful solution by TechnoBabble radiation. Snodgrass felt that Wagner's rewrite completely destroyed the point of her story and demanded to be credited under the name H.B. Savage, but later relented and allowed her real name to be used after viewing the finished episode, and feeling that her original intent still came through in Creator/BrentSpiner's performance (it also helped that Wagner had quit by this point).
23rd Jul '17 8:08:16 AM OlfinBedwere
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** "The Dominators" was credited to "Norman Ashby," due to writers Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln falling out with the production office after script editor Derrick Sherwin heavily rewrote the episode and reduced it from six episodes to five.

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** "The Dominators" was credited to "Norman Ashby," due to writers Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln falling out with the production office after script editor Derrick Sherwin heavily rewrote the episode their storyline and reduced it from six episodes to five.
23rd Jul '17 8:07:46 AM OlfinBedwere
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* A special feature on the DVD for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Invasion of Time" was a documentary about the story's writer. ''The Elusive David Agnew'' was credited as being directed by Alan Smithee, but the documentary itself was a {{mockumentary}}, since David Agnew was also a pseudonym used by the BBC. Agnew was also credited as writing "City of Death", not because it was a bad episode (it's actually considered to be one of the best serials in the show's history), but because it would have looked inappropriate for [[Creator/DouglasAdams the script editor]] and producer to be credited as writers.

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* A special feature on the DVD for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had a few examples over the years:
** "The Dominators" was credited to "Norman Ashby," due to writers Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln falling out with the production office after script editor Derrick Sherwin heavily rewrote the episode and reduced it from six episodes to five.
** "The Daemons" gave the writer's credit to "Guy Leopold," as writers Robert Sloman and Barry Letts were unable to take credit for contractual reasons; Sloman was working for another TV company, while BBC regulations forbade Letts from being credited with any role in addition to his producer's credit.
** A special feature on the DVD for the
story "The Invasion of Time" was a documentary about the story's writer. ''The Elusive David Agnew'' was credited as being directed by Alan Smithee, but the documentary itself was a {{mockumentary}}, since David Agnew was also a pseudonym used by the BBC. Agnew was also credited as writing "City of Death", not because it was a bad episode (it's actually considered to be one of the best serials in the show's history), but because it would have looked inappropriate for [[Creator/DouglasAdams the script editor]] and producer to be credited as writers.


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** While "Attack of the Cybermen" was credited to "Paula Moore," a pen name for Paula Woolsey, in actuality it was written by script editor Eric Saward, based on a story outline by continuity advisor Ian Levine. Woolsey just agreed to act as the story's author (and allowed the usage of some elements from an unrelated outline she'd previously submitted) so as to get around BBC regulations preventing Saward from writing more than one story per season.
19th Jun '17 4:02:39 PM jormis29
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* The Bette Midler vehicle ''Jinxed!'' was a TroubledProduction, with, among other problems, Midler and co-star Ken Wahl hating each other's guts and the Divine Miss M also intensely disliking director Don Siegel and vice versa (Siegel suffered a heart attack during production and Creator/SamPeckinpah, not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of comedy directors (then again, neither is Siegel), finished the film uncredited; although he recovered, this would be his last film)--all of which led to primary screenwriter Frank Gilroy billing himself as "Bert Blessing".

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* The Bette Midler Creator/BetteMidler vehicle ''Jinxed!'' was a TroubledProduction, with, among other problems, Midler and co-star Ken Wahl hating each other's guts and the Divine Miss M also intensely disliking director Don Siegel and vice versa (Siegel suffered a heart attack during production and Creator/SamPeckinpah, not the first name that comes to mind when thinking of comedy directors (then again, neither is Siegel), finished the film uncredited; although he recovered, this would be his last film)--all of which led to primary screenwriter Frank Gilroy billing himself as "Bert Blessing".
12th Jun '17 7:07:02 PM KoopaKid17
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* Animator Sam Singer requested to have his name removed from the credits of ''WesternAnimation/TubbyTheTuba1975''.
11th Jun '17 6:10:07 PM Doug86
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* In the '90s version of DCComics' ''Who's Who'', [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Elasti-Girl's]] entry has [[https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_oK41y44tTYk/TYioyEAI1wI/AAAAAAAAFCQ/qPCHsbKuiKg/s800/Elasti%202.jpg Alan Smithee credited as one of the artists]] (probably the inker).

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* In the '90s version of DCComics' Creator/DCComics' ''Who's Who'', [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Elasti-Girl's]] entry has [[https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_oK41y44tTYk/TYioyEAI1wI/AAAAAAAAFCQ/qPCHsbKuiKg/s800/Elasti%202.jpg Alan Smithee credited as one of the artists]] (probably the inker).
27th May '17 5:59:07 PM Gimere
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Before 2000, Smithee was the only alias Directors Guild members were permitted to use. This was changed because of the parody ''Film/AnAlanSmitheeFilmBurnHollywoodBurn'', which revolves around a director who wants his name removed from his film, but is stymied by actually being ''named'' Alan Smithee. A combination of confusion from bad press surrounding the film and the film's director Arthur Hiller wanting ''[[{{Irony}} his]]'' [[LifeImitatesArt name removed]] - which meant an odd metatextual tangle where, under DGA rules, ''An Alan Smithee Movie'' had to be credited to Alan Smithee - caused the name to be retired. Since then, aliases are selected on a case-by-case basis. The popularity of the name is such that Smithee's IMDB page has several post-2000 entries (none of which are presumably under DGA jurisdiction).

Coincidentally, is an anagram of "The Alias Men". Compare this to the use of the name "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Bourbaki Nicolas Bourbaki]]" in mathematics.

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Before 2000, Smithee was the only alias Directors Guild members were permitted to use. This was changed because of the parody ''Film/AnAlanSmitheeFilmBurnHollywoodBurn'', which revolves around a director who wants his name removed from his film, but is stymied by actually being ''named'' Alan Smithee. A combination of confusion from bad press surrounding the film and the film's director Arthur Hiller wanting ''[[{{Irony}} his]]'' [[LifeImitatesArt name removed]] - which meant created an odd metatextual tangle where, under DGA rules, ''An Alan Smithee Movie'' Film'' had to be credited to Alan Smithee - caused the name to be retired. Since then, aliases are selected on a case-by-case basis. The popularity of the name is such that Smithee's IMDB page has several post-2000 entries (none of which are presumably under DGA jurisdiction).

Coincidentally, "Alan Smithee" is also an anagram of "The Alias Men". Compare this to the use of the name "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Bourbaki Nicolas Bourbaki]]" in mathematics.



* This is a common practice for [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood union voice actors to use a pseudonym when doing non-union voice work]], not just dealing with hentai or fanservice series. This is the main reason why Creator/SteveBlum used the "David Lucas" pseudonym. Another practice common in video games is ''[[NowWhichOneWasThatVoice not even listing the English dub credits at all]]''.

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* This is a common practice for [[UsefulNotes/UnionsInHollywood union voice actors to use a pseudonym when doing non-union voice work]], not just dealing with hentai or fanservice series. This is the main reason why Creator/SteveBlum used the "David Lucas" pseudonym. Another practice common in video games is ''[[NowWhichOneWasThatVoice [[NowWhichOneWasThatVoice not even listing the English dub credits at all]]''.credits]] ''at all''.
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