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Not Another Dime! is dedicated to documenting the assorted, and sometimes wild, details of Mr. Ken Whitman's business dealings within the Role Playing Game (RPG) industry. This place is NOT intended to be a medium of discussion about Mr. Whitman, pro or con, but instead be a "jumping off" point to enable the reader to make their own informed decision about Mr. Whitman's history and business character.
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Sunday, July 3, 2016
2016.07.03 NAD Gets a Half-Assed Call Out By Ken "Whit" Whitman
While we've been quite clear that we don't let Ken "Whit" Whitman post comments here on Not Another Dime anymore, but when he decided to pen a comment directed at us....well I decided that we had to allow it for a couple of reasons that I'll explain.
In researching Ken "Whit" Whitman's history we've uncovered a simple enough pattern where Ken "Whit" Whitman regularly attacks other people with threats of lawsuits. This habit has been mentioned by others several times (example 1, example 2, & example 3).
Since NAD doesn't use post breaks, you won't see the comments unless you specifically click on the post title. Ken "Whit" Whitman's comment: ""using camera equipment purchased from Kickstarter funds (instead of renting it)" What you state is not fact and therefore Lible. Keep up the great reporting, you only make my court case easier :-)"
Now I did make sure that this is actually Ken "Whit" Whitman's G+ account, (crowd-funding appeals going back years) because several times he's claimed after the fact that words posted online weren't his. Since we've been deleting his comments to NAD, you'll either have to believe us, or assume this is a lie. We're good either way.
Now I'm not a lawyer, but I'd say that Ken "Whit" Whitman's comment is within a stone's-throw of violating Georgia Code § 51-5-4, which I find amusing as hell because this is the very code that he has been trying to accuse others of violating. Of course this is still the wrong code because both codes (he erroneously used Georgia Code § 16-11-40) refer to slander, not "liable" as he's referred to it.
The fun part is that Ken "Whit" Whitman's comment is pretty much Defamation Per Se, but even if he were extremely explicit with his illegal threat we wouldn't have cause for action because it was communicated to NAD about NAD, and only became a public comment because we allowed it.
Now if Ken "Whit" Whitman were to continue making spoken or printed false comments, specifically stating that others were going to be sued for lible/slander, that in and of itself is against the Georgia Code. A quick check of Georgia Code § 9-15-14 might have a bit of a chilling effect (Litigation costs and attorney's fees assessed for frivolous actions and defenses).
You know, the best defense against a libel or slander charge is, and always has been, the truth. Let's take a look at what we have available.....
First and foremost is this comment from Jolly Blackburn: "Exactly right about the camera equipment. When Ken pitched the project his budget indicated he'd be leasing the equipment from a local chiropractor in Kentucky - high end Red cameras. That guy and equipment were used to shoot the KODTLAS kickstarter teaser/video. Nice guy. Imagine my surprise when we showed up at the KODTLAS shoot and Ken has purchased a new computer and all the lights/cameras and other equipment. The kicker? Ken didn't have any money to pay the crew, most of the actors or even my wife. Yet he was tooling around in a new car (he claims it was a dealer loaner now but at the time he told everyone it was his)."
Most of those people wouldn't get paid until 7 to 8 months later with Pencil Dice money. (which Ken admitted).
Anyway, it was disappointing. In my mind that money was supposed to go toward production. Not a start up business."
Now as one of the principles for Kenzer & Company, this particular licensing deal, AND the creator of the underlying characters/series who was present for most everything dealing with this project....well let's just say that somebody is not being truthful. In all fairness we should try to figure out who this is.
On January 16, 2014 we got this KoDT:LAS Kickstarter update: "d20 Entertainment has received a donation from a local production studio to help with the cost of filming the Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series. Without the cost of renting high-end movie equipment, we bring you a full- length movie at a more reasonable Kickstart Goal."
OK, so according to Ken "Whit" Whitman the camera equipment being used to shoot KoDT:LAS is being donated, saving some cash because he doesn't have to rent "high-end movie equipment". Mr. Blackburn stated that the equipment was being rented..as of the initial pitch which would have been before the Kickstarter. Sounds great, shaving off funds from a production is probably helpful in many ways.
Last year Ken "Whit" Whitman, when defending himself about purchasing a "new" Cadillac, which was covered here, claims to have spent $6,200 on equipment rental. Instead of pouring through 1,200 comments on Kickstarter, you can reference this post, which is important for the next point as well. So it seems that the equipment that was supposed to be rented was going to be donated, but ended up having to be rented? I guess changes in production happen. This brings us back to a he-said vs. he-said of Jolly Blackburn vs. Ken "Whit" Whitman.......
...BUT we know that Ken "Whit" Whitman has the camera equipment because he's been using it for his new production "company", or is it this production "company"? It is easy to get confused between Atlanta Actors Marketing and the Whit Whitman Film Group, but we do have footage of Ken "Whit" Whitman's equipment, courtesy of Tenkar's Tavern.
So the equipment has to have come from somewhere, right?
According to Ken "Whit" Whitman, he only made $20-$25,000 in 2015 because he put $20K into KoDT:LAS, and he claims to be quite poor, actually below the Federal Poverty level:
"Im afraid you saying it does not make this statement true. You have seen my financials? My tax returns for 2014 are $10,500 and for 2015 are $8,900. Now tell me how I overpaid myself good sir."
Aside from the conflicting statements as to how much money he made in 2015, Ken "Whit" Whitman states he is living below the poverty level but he still was able to get a "new" car and purchase all of this high-end camera equipment? But according to him the equipment was leased/rented, not purchased. This equipment specifically the computer used for editing digital film doesn't look like the equipment (well at least the HUGE monitor) he still has listed on his Air BnB rental....heck I don't even have a 4K TV (it's listed on the rental). This is just comparing the pics from Air BnB and Tenkar's Tavern.
So, if Ken "Whit" Whitman is impoverished that means he couldn't have purchased the camera/editing equipment, right? But how does he have the equipment? He must have rented it....numerous times now, but with what money? He's already claimed to have spent more money than he's made in the last two years just on one of his Kickstarter projects (KoDT:LAS). Last time I checked, none of the six outstanding Kickstarter projects has been fulfilled.
How could he afford any car, much less a cruise? We'll have to leave this cruise for another time, but we've covered the car.
he's admitted to com-mingling project funds) and in fact he put money he didn't have into the projects that haven't been fulfilled.....
...the math just doesn't add up. According to the information provided by Ken "Whit" Whitman himself, there is no legitimate explanation to how he has this camera equipment that has shown up time and time again, starting with the KoDT:LAS filming and most recently the Girl Downtown project.
Now I can't speak for all of the contributors here, but where I come from....it it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is pretty safe to say that you've got a duck. Every shred of information that comes from outside of Ken "Whit" Whitman's claim to have rented this camera equipment belies that claim....the only thing that makes sense is that Ken "Whit" Whitman used KoDT:LAS funds to purchase camera equipment that he has used on subsequent projects.
Just a head's up Kenny.....in a civil court we'd only have to show a "preponderance of the evidence" and while I'm not a lawyer, between these pictures and the fact that your math never seems to add up, I think we'd meet the legal requirements. Of course if you'd like to open you books to prove me/us wrong.......just hand them over to Kenzer & Company.