BTW, I’m not a lawyer. I’m just here to try to help a bit.
I’m getting a lot of emails from contributors, especially in the States, wondering how they go about dealing with the mess of All Craft Media/Modern Quilting Magazine going into bankruptcy and being handled by an Administrator.
Here’s what you do if you want to chase down the money owed you:
There’s a Form6-37 (1) Word Document that you have to fill out in order to be listed as a creditor in the dissolution/administration process. Please note that you will almost certainly be overlooked in the procedure unless you file this form – Kerrie Allman has done this before and very few or none of the contributors to whom she owed money were listed by her on the liquidation report of KAL Media. Please also note that filing the form will not automatically mean you’ll get paid. I’m sorry to say so, but I don’t think any of us will ever see any money from ACM. The business is deeply in debt and operated at a loss, possibly even from the start.
The Administration company is FRP Advisory and the Administrator handling ACM is Alistair Massey, who from what I’ve been told is a decent, reasonable guy so don’t be afraid to ring him to discuss your situation.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3005 4000 and Fax: +44 (0)20 3005 4400
Address: 10 Furnival Street, London
Or, as Mulene has graciously shared below,
42-48 Vicotria St,
St Albans AL1 3HZ
Tel 01727 811111
If you just want your copyright and distribution rights back (like me):
All you have to do is get in touch with Alistair Massey/Katy Lever and ask him/her if he’s/she’s willing to do a deal with you. In exchange for not pursuing any moneys owed to you by ACM/Kerrie Allman, you may be able to get your sole distribution rights back, instead of waiting the contracted 3 or 6 months or whatever your contract states. Which means you can sell your pattern on the internet and try to recoup some of the money you’ll never see from All Craft Media.
Personally I am choosing to pursue this course for a number of reasons:
- I’ll never see my money – it’s not a large amount and frankly I can live without it. There are other people whose entire livelihoods have been thrown into jeopardy by Kerrie’s dodgy business practices who need their money WAY more than I do.
- I do not want to hear about my pattern showing up in an American magazine without my knowledge or my 50% cut – she’s done that before, too and even though all contracts are now controlled by the Admin, not Kerrie, I want to be 100% sure.
- Frankly, I want to wash my hands of ACM and all the pain it’s associated with in my mind and heart, which means I need to make sure I get ALL my copyright rights back into my hands.
If you are looking to get your sample back: Um, I’m sorry to say it, but you’re probably screwed there too. They lied to people when they were still in business, claiming they’d sent packages on dates that the postmark clearly showed as untrue. Many of the samples hung around Kerrie’s house. No one person was ever in charge of dealing with them, so no one did. So, yeah, you probably should just let her reap the bad karma they all represent and forget about it forever.
Edited to say: And if you are Kerrie reading this, I hope you can find a career that fulfils you. One that successfully helps you find whatever it is that you’re looking for, and doesn’t end up being controversial.