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Bad Hiring Experience: IMDb Actress Malinda Money & The Sundance Film Festival Fiasco – Part 2 [Case Study]

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Bad Hiring Experience Case Study Part 2

This segment of the case study details our continuing positive efforts on behalf of IMDb actress Malinda Money: trying to build a strong working relationship with her, the BTS work of getting her 2018 Sundance Film Festival press accreditation, and her continued, growing, and intentional dubious behavior.

Appealing Press Accreditation Denial On Malinda Money’s Behalf

We surmised the reason why Malinda Money had been denied Press Accreditation to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. This reason extended to the previous times that we had applied to the Sundance Film Festival on Malinda’s behalf. For the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, we submitted Malinda Money’s application on November 13, 2017:

Malinda Money 2018 Sundance Film Festival Press Accreditation Acknowledgement

Her application was denied on November 27, 2017:

Malinda Money 2018 Sundance Film Festival Press Accreditation Denial

We researched, found the correct contact person at Sundance, pleaded our case, and cited examples as to why Malinda Money should receive press accreditation to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. We were told that Sundance would consider our words, the cited examples, and get back to us about their appeal decision.

On December 4, 2017, we received an email from Sundance telling us that our appeal had been successful:

Malinda Money 2018 Sundance Film Festival Press Accreditation Approval

We put in a lot of back-end work to fulfill our promises to Malinda Money. All we expected, all we wanted, was for her to fulfill hers. Unfortunately, that is not what we received. Instead, what we received was a nightmare.

Why Malinda Money

After reading up to this point, some of you are probably wondering why we persisted with Malinda Money? Why we kept giving her chance after chance? Why we put in so much work on her behalf? There are two reasons: 1.) optimism and 2.) writing ability.

Answer for Point 1. FilmBook has been able to turn bad situations into good ones in the past multiple times and we believed that we could the same with Malinda Money. That was hubris on our part.

Answer for Point 2. Malinda Money can put a sentence together and express her thoughts in a cogent and organized manner. Those are valuable tools for a writer and for the organization lucky enough to have that writer creating content for them.

Point 2 is not enough, however, to make anyone a good employee. For that, a person requires an entire host of other personal and personality attributes. Some can be acquired, like leadership skills. Officers go to a special school in the military to build and enhance those skills so that they can lead in a optimal way. Other personal qualities are innate, you are either born with them or your environment instills them in you.

With Malinda Money, we had already begun to see the type of person that we were dealing with but we relied on Point 1, the past, and thought that Point 2 would be our reward. We were wrong.

After getting Malinda into the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, we decided that a change in approach with her was best.

Continuing Harbingers of Malfeasance

In the email entitled “SXSW, Sundance, & Writing for FilmBook in 2018 Queries” that we sent to Malinda Money on December 18, 2017, we informed her:

  1. That we wanted video reviews from her instead of written reviews. Since she is an actress, we thought this would be much easier for her than outlining and drafting a written review.
  2. We offered her the weekly column that she wanted instead of the writing news articles. Since rejoining FilmBook in October 2017, though she said she would, Malinda Money had not written a single news article for us.
  3. We brought up the opportunity of creating a weekly comic book movie and TV show podcast. Geek culture is all over the Malinda Money Twitter, Malinda Money Facebook, and Malinda Money Instagram social profiles. We thought she would jump at this opportunity.
  4. We informed Malinda that our appeal was successful and that her press accreditation for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival had been approved.

On December 19, 2017, Malinda Money sent back this response:

1.) Were I to create a video, is there an example or format you’d like me to follow? And what level of professional equipment are you looking for?
2.) Yes. I think [deleted] is going to be much more realistic of a commitment for me as my week tends to fluctuate with commitments. (I was in San Fran and NYC this week for auditions so it made daily news reporting rather difficult).
3.) I’m open to this, however I would need clarity on what level of professionalism you are looking for as well as an example format.

4.) Got it. Thank you for the update! I have made myself available for both Sundance and SXSW.


Malinda Money

On same day (December 19, 2017), we replied to Malinda and asked if she could begin the podcast that Saturday (December 23, 2017).

We never received a response to that query.

On December 22, 2017, we emailed Malinda:


Will you be setting to Pending Review your first edition of [the weekly column] this Saturday?

On December 23, 2017, Malinda responded:


Best, Malinda Money

What Malinda Money eventually set to ‘Pending Review’ on the back-end of FilmBook was disingenuous.

On January 2, 2018, we responded to the dubious article that she set to ‘Pending Review’ near the end of December 2017:

You previously indicated that you would begin setting to Pending Review [the weekly] editorials last Saturday (December 30). You did not. Instead, you set in the Draft column on Sunday, December 31 a news story from two weeks ago about Disney acquiring 21 Century Fox, a story that we already covered:

That is not what we asked for.

Lets put Sundance on pause for this year and instead focus on SXSW 2018 (plus other upcoming events like the LA Film Festival) and creating original content between now and then.

To those ends, we would like to concentrate on the podcast we suggested, the [weekly] column, and video reviews.

If you are amiable to this and would like to proceed, please let us know.

The article that Malinda Money set to ‘Pending Review’, about Amazon acquiring the TV rights to Lord of the Rings, wasn’t an editorial. It was a old news article from two weeks beforehand with zero opinion of her own in it. It was a reshuffled, copy and paste job, nothing more.

By that point, we knew who and what we were dealing with. The subterranean individual was fully revealed. With that knowledge, we took appropriate action (above). The problem is that we weren’t steadfast in our resolve. That lack of resolve would eventually cost FilmBook dearly.

Previous segments of this case study:

The next segments of this case study:

  • Bad Hiring Experience: IMDb Actress Malinda Money & The Sundance Film Festival Fiasco – Part 3
  • Bad Hiring Experience: IMDb Actress Malinda Money & The Sundance Film Festival Fiasco – Part 4

Disclaimer: This case study is not meant to denigrate, defame, or to assassinate the character of any person or company. The words or statements that could be characterized as such (and not substantiated with facts and/or proof) have either been deleted or are behind stars (*****). This case study is for educational purposes and only represents facts.

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About the author

Rollo Tomasi

A cinephile who started ProMovieBlogger to educate others on what he had learned through trial and error. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook (, he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He also created and runs Trending

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