Maybe some answers to what happened here at stm.com and why the staff just up and left...and how it all ties in with the announcement last week of the impending rebirth of startrek.com.
The latest information is after I found out Funny Garbage (the web design company that has been linked to the new st.com since last year) was back in the game. From what I've heard, there was talk within CBS about reviving STARTREK.COM because of the success of STXI when the site and CBS were caught with their pants down because of some bean counters who led to Marc Wade and his group being "let go." They didn't want it to happen when STXII came out. They noticed a stark rise in sales of preexisting series and movie DVDs directly after STXI was released, but it took time for the wheels to start turning.
There is still the animosity between Paramount and CBS which has grown even more since the release of STXI. This is why Paramount chose to start their own site, startrekmovie.com, which clearly states "ENTER THE OFFICIAL SITE" on the main WEB page. If you remember, startrekmovie.com was not started until just after
the movie was announced. Paramount had counted on STARTREK.COM to be the "official" site for the movie and didn't even know CBS had dropped the ball.
Have you wondered why no one appears to be "at home" at startrekmovie
.com? CBS cried foul because Paramount even created the site.
Note at the bottom of the startrekmovie.com main page it says:
COPYRIGHT 2009 BY PARAMOUNT
PICTURES. STAR TREK AND RELATED
MARKS AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OF
CBS STUDIOS INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Paramount thought their butts were covered. But the sparks flew when someone at CBS found out startrekmovie was calling itself "THE OFFICIAL SITE."
Evidently, someone at National Amusements asked CBS why they were complaining about Paramount and startrekmovie
.com when CBS had "let go" the startrek.com team and allowed the site to fall apart. THIS was when Funny Garbage started showing up. Paramount said they were going to keep their site going until CBS started taking care of startrek.com.
Things were again put on the back burner by CBS and wasn't a high priority in the overall running of the network. Les Moonves is behaving very possessive and downright childish. Star Trek
is his ball and he doesn't want anyone else playing with it. The problem is he just lets it sit in his toy box and doesn't do anything with it himself.
Funny Garbage was not yet given an official contract when FG's Dan Willig started his The New STARTREK.COM
thread as "stboardadmin." Funny Garbage is
reworking STARTREK.COM - pretty much from scratch.