Or: How a media company keeps sabotaging the international success of its own TV show.
You might have noticed by now that the forum is down. Unfortunately, it will have to stay that way for a while, if not indefinitely.
Here’s what happened: Today, most YouTube channels with videos of “Jemma” Jenny & Emma from the German TV show Hand aufs Herz were suspended because of copyright claims by SevenOne, the company that runs the official website for the show and provides all the multimedia content. As a result, A LOT of fans of the storyline who had only visited the forum as a lurker registered to ask to be sent private messages or emails with information on YouTube accounts or other websites where they could get their daily dose of “Jemma”. The number of hits and the webtraffic far exceeded the capacity of the server I rented, so my provider decided to block the website. They agreed to put the blog back online, but any attempt to let the forum go back online ended with the same result. The only option I have to keep the forum open would be to rent a much bigger and therefore much more expensive server, which for now is not really an option.
I will continue to write about this storyline, and I still intend to attend the fan event this weekend. You will be able to read about it on Twitter and possibly the Rosalie & Co. facebook page, and of course on this website a little later on. Apart from that, I intend to take a little break and just be a regular “Jemma” fan, at least for a couple of days. The last few weeks, and this week in particular have been a wild ride which I enjoyed a lot, but it was also very exhausting. But I thank you all for your support and the amazing feedback I got from you.
This is as sad for me as it must be for you. I enjoyed the conversations and discussions we had about our favourite couple, I enjoyed reading all of your observations and speculations, and I enjoyed the love. I hope that one day, TPTB at SevenOne or ProSiebenSat1, the TV network that owns the show, will finally understand what an amazing opportunity they have with the huge international response not only to the “Jemma” storyline, but the entire show, and that they’re sabotaging it by going after fans who just try to share the love that is Jemma.
Because – as a reader from Israel just wrote in an email to me – Jemma means love, at least for those of us who decided to go on this wonderful journey with two beautifully written characters, played by two amazingly talented actresses.