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The information in the database is not updated in real time. Depending on the data type, approved contributions may appear on the site within 2 to 14 days. Generally, all approved data should be live within two weeks. Please also be aware that the IMDb reserves the right to reject or delete information from the site at any time at its sole discretion.

For specific information about our processing schedule and possible backlogs/delays, please refer to the Data Processing Times page. Also, you may want to check/ask on the IMDb Get Satisfaction community message board.

If you submitted new credits or titles, please be patient and avoid resubmitting the data or contacting us about your update until at least four weeks have elapsed.

Due to the huge volume of data our staff has to process, it's extremely time-consuming and inefficient for us to locate individual submissions and look into specific "where's my credit"-type requests, and there is nothing we can do to speed up the process anyway. If you received an e-mail confirmation after submitting your data, it means that we have received it.

Data that hasn't been added after 4 weeks has probably been rejected by our editors. There can be several reasons for this:

  • The credit was submitted to the wrong filmography: For example we list only acting roles in the cast section of a film: other types of performance need to be added under the proper data section. For example: voiceovers, looping, ADR work, stand-ins, photo doubles and puppeteers belong to the Other Crew section; stunt performers and doubles belong to the Stunts section; collective names (such as music bands and other group cast performers) belong to the Miscellaneous Companies section etc. Also, we list only film editors in the Editor section of a film: other types of editor jobs (such as sound editor or dubbing editors) need to be added under the proper data section (like the Sound Department or Miscellaneous Crew)

  • We could not verify the presence of the credit in the film. This typically happens when we receive credits for a film which is still in production or unreleased or hard to obtain. If the credit you submitted belongs to you, we'll be glad to add it if you can help us verify it meets our eligibility requirements. Any evidence of your work on the film will help, such as a copy of your contract or payment stubs, or press/magazine reviews mentioning your role/name.

  • You submitted new credits members for a movie whose cast or crew are marked complete. Please remember that we list credits as they appear on screen. If the cast or crew member did not receive a screen credit, you need to specify it by including the attribute "(uncredited)" in your submission. Additionally, unless the uncredited appearance is easily verifiable by watching the film (i.e. a cameo by a high-profile recognizable actor), we may need further information to verify it (as described above).

  • You didn't provide enough information for us to verify the credit: simply submitting a name and credit may not be enough. Whenever possible, please try to add as much information as possible about the credit, such as the name of the character portrayed by the actor, its billing order in the cast; a crew credit on a TV series may be rejected unless you specify the title of the episodes, or at least the years or seasons, in which that person worked, etc.

  • Your submission may have been deemed to be incorrect by our staff. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes people think they've recognized a familiar actor in a film, or maybe have heard rumors about the cast or crew of an upcoming film that later turn out to be incorrect.

If you feel your rejected submission should have been accepted (and you have verified that it's not already listed in IMDb), you're welcome to resubmit it. Please make sure you include a comment to provide the additional information that may help us verify it (as described above).

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