IMDb - highest rated movie, owner, history, earning

IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV, and celebrity content. IMDb - highest rated movie, owner, history, earning. How does IMDb earn? here's how.

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IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV, and celebrity content.

IMDb, also known as Internet Movie Database, is an online database of information related to world films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew, personnel and fictional character biographies, plot summaries, trivia, and fan reviews and ratings. An additional fan feature, message boards, was abandoned in February 2017. The database is owned and operated by, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. As of December 2017, IMDb has approximately 4.7 million titles (including episodes) and 8.3 million personalities in its database, as well as 83 million registered users. The movie and talent pages of IMDb are accessible to all internet users, but a registration process is necessary to contribute information to the site.


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(Col Needham, CEO)

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In 2006, IMDb introduced its "Résumé Subscription Service", where actors and crew can post their own résumé and upload photos of themselves for a yearly fee. The base annual charge for including a photo with an account was $39.95 until 2010 when it was increased to $54.95. IMDb résumé pages are kept on a sub-page of the regular entry about that person, with a regular entry automatically created for each résumé subscriber who does not already have one.

As of 2012, Resume Services is now included as part of an IMDbPro subscription and is no longer offered as a separate subscription service.

Film titles     

The IMDb has sites in English as well as versions translated completely or in part into other languages (Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian). The non-English language sites display film titles in the specified language. Originally, IMDb's English language sites displayed titles according to their original country-of-origin language, however, in 2010 IMDb began allowing individual users in the UK and the USA to choose primary title display by either the original-language titles or the US or the UK release title (normally, in English).

In addition to being the most comprehensive Internet Movie DataBase and having almost complete cast records, IMDB is also :

·      a database for any TV series, shows or broadcasts (if a doctor is interviewed in a documentary that is on IMDB, his/her name may appear in the case

·      a very good tool for deciding to see or not a movie (system of votation with many votes)

·      a news site to be aware of the current affairs of the movie business and shootings

·      a tool for the professionals in the paid version, since agents and artists can edit profiles, communicate on actors and movies...

·      a tool to create and save your own watchlist, based on the movies present on the website

·      a help to find movies that are of the same type or the same genre as another movie

·      a place to find hitherto unseen information on past or current movies.


How does IMDb make money?

Col Needham of IMDb in an interview, where he explains the different sources of revenue for IMDb, though the exact figures are not disclosed.

Question: How does IMDb make money today?

Needham: Our first revenue is from advertising. Second is our subscription site called IMDbPro, aimed at people who work in the entertainment industry. We also license IMDb content to third parties. Last but not least, we have our publicity photos section, where people in the industry pay to upload their own photos or production companies can upload movie posters or behind-the-scenes photographs that might help promote their films.

"The Shawshank Redemption" is currently IMDb highest rated movie at 9.3/10


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