When I woke up this morning – as many an old blues song begins – I was a worried man: What the hell I could run as the lead story in this week’s newsletter?
After the tumult of last week, which saw Camera Action shuttered and DigiDirect Camera House rise out of the ashes, things seemed awful quiet out there…too quiet.
There were a few potential stories kicking around, but none of them fully-baked as yet…
But by the time I checked my email, I had the lay-down-misere lead story. At least I thought I did. A document was shared with me which is basically a call to action to Camera House members to change the course the current board and management is setting for the group – with extreme prejudice to the current board and specific individuals in the management team! It contains all manner of assertions and accusations and is written from the point of view of a disgruntled Camera House member.
From the point of view of fairness – not to mention self-preservation – there was no way I was going to publish an anonymous document of such volatility. I decided to simply report that it existed, and provide a short, soft and gentle summary, skirting around the bits which might get me sued.
So I emailed Camera House explaining my intentions and offering them the opportunity to contribute a statement.
In less than 30 minutes I was in discussion with a partner in a law firm representing Camera House.
The ideal outcome for Camera House is that you are not even reading this – that I chose to ignore the whole thing.
The content of the 5-page jeremiad against Camera House is astounding. The reason I have chosen not to run with the short, soft, gentle summary – that Camera House asserts the author is not actually a Camera House member – is even more so.
Whoever wrote the document, my guess is that by now it has made its way along the industry grapevine by now and (to mix metaphors monstrously), the genie is out of the bottle.
One way or another, we will have more on this next week…