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April 2015 Amazon announces that X-Ray for Movies & TV Shows, powered by IMDb, is now available on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

April 2015 Total Film ranks IMDb #35 on its annual Future 100 List which chronicles "the most important people, films and trends shaping cinema."

Feb 2015 Keith Simanton, IMDb’s Senior Film Editor, ties for first place in’s annual critics Oscar poll.

26 Jan 2015 Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon Studios’ Transparent, receives an IMDb STARmeter Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

23 Jan 2015 The IMDb & Amazon Instant Video Studio opens at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.


18 Dec 2014 The Sundance Institute announces that Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb, has been selected as a 2015 Sundance Film Festival juror in the World Cinema Dramatic category.

08 Sept 2014 Miles Teller receives IMDb’s second annual STARmeter Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

05 Sept 2014 The Creative Coalition honors Col Needham for his work in independent film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

17 June 2014 IMDb announces more than 100 million app downloads and iOS and Android app updates.

06 May 2014 Col Needham joins the board of Into Film.

11 March 2014 IMDb Pro launches new casting service to revolutionize the casting process.

19 March 2014 Shailene Woodley and Theo James, stars of Divergent, guest edit IMDb's homepage for 48 hours.


19 Dec 2013 IMDb’s mobile apps have now been downloaded more than 80 million times; over the last 12 months, IMDb’s mobile-optimized website and apps have received more than 244 million visits per month.

10 Dec 2013 IMDb Announces the top 10 stars of 2013.

26 Sept 2013 Joseph Gordon-Levitt is IMDb’s first-ever guest editor.

25 Sept 2013 Announcement of new Kindle Fire tablets with enhanced “X-Ray for Movies & TV” powered by IMDb.

23 Sept 2013 Melanie McFarland, IMDb’s TV Editor, ties for first place in’s annual critics Emmy Awards poll.

20 Sept 2013 IMDb launches a new episode of their “What To Watch” original web series.

17 Sept 2013 Amazon Instant Video’s iOS app update includes reviews, cast and crew information, trivia and other IMDb data.

09 Sept 2013 Actress Olivia Wilde receives IMDb’s first-ever “STARmeter Award” at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

June 2013 IMDb launches online ticketing on, its mobile optimized website and its popular iOS and Android apps.

27 Mar 2013 IMDb and Amazon announce the launch of “X-Ray for TV.”


20 Dec 2012 IMDb’s iOS and Android apps have now been downloaded more than 50 million times. IMDb launches a redesigned version of its popular “Movies & TV” app for iPad including discovery features, personalized recommendations and Watchlist enhancements.

06 Oct 2012 USA Today selects IMDb's app as one of 25 Essential Kindle Fire Apps.

06 Sept 2012 IMDb and Amazon announce the launch of "X-Ray for Movies," exclusively available on the all-new Kindle Fire family.

25 April 2012 Relativity Media selects IMDb to host The Raven's official movie website.

12 July 2012 IMDb's iOS and Android apps have now been downloaded more than 40 million times. Over the last 5 months, monthly visits to IMDb’s mobile optimized website and apps have exceeded 150 million per month. Additionally, IMDb announced the launch of highly anticipated discovery, personalization and social features for its iOS and Android apps, including mobile-optimized message boards, check-ins, similarities, film locations and soundtracks.

25 Jan 2012 IMDb’s professional subscription service, IMDbPro, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

24 Jan 2012 IMDb’s official Facebook page now has more than 2 million “Likes.”

11 Jan 2012 Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO, is included on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Digital Power 50 list. Other industry leaders who also ranked on the 2012 list include’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

09 Jan 2012 The IMDb database now surpasses more than 100 million data items.

01 Jan 2012 To date, there have been more than 35 million installs of IMDb mobile apps worldwide. IMDb’s mobile properties now have more than 40 million monthly visitors. The IMDb consumer site ( is the #1 movie website in the world with a combined web and mobile audience of more than 150 million unique monthly visitors.


20 Dec 2011 IMDb announces the top 10 stars of 2011.

15 Nov 2011 Kindle Fire launches with IMDb’s app preinstalled.

27 Oct 2011 Launch of IMDb Buzz, an entertainment news app for iPhone and iPod Touch.

24 Oct 2011 A Pearl Jam music video directed by Cameron Crowe world premieres on IMDb.

27 Sept 2011 Launch of the IMDb Trivia Game for iPhone and iPod touch.

01 Sept 2011 IMDb's Android app has now been installed more than 10 million times.

20 July 2011 IMDb's Android app installed by more than 8 million users worldwide.

15 July 2011 Apple announces that IMDb’s iPad App has been inducted into the first-ever iTunes Hall of Fame for iPad.

12 July 2011 IMDb launches Android tablet for Honeycomb OS and upgraded Android phone app.

12 July 2011 To date, there have been more than 21 MM installs of IMDb mobile apps (iOS , Android and WP7) worldwide. IMDb’s mobile properties have more than 25 MM monthly visitors.

02 July 2011 IMDb’s official Facebook page surpasses more than 1 MM fans. More than 250K fans are now following IMDb on Twitter.

03 June 2011 IMDb world premieres The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 movie trailer.

31 May 2011 Twitter launches Follow Button; IMDb is the featured launch partner.

21 April 2011 The 2011 Webby Awards select IMDb’s Windows Phone 7 app as an official honoree in the first-ever mobile entertainment category.

24 March 2011 IMDb launches newest version of its iOS App, featuring Watchlist, enhanced Showtimes, the ability to purchase movie tickets and more

17 Feb 2011 IMDb launches international movie Showtimes, entertainment news and more on its Android app.

15 Feb 2011 The Wall Street Journal selects IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app as 1 of 10 apps “that will change your life.”

14 Feb 2011 Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer showcases IMDb’s HD trailers experience on IE9 at his Mobile World Congress keynote.

10 Feb 2011 IMDb world premieres The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ for You” video.

27 Jan 2011 The IMDb iOS apps (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) have been installed more than ten million times worldwide.

27 Jan 2011 Time Magazine selects IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app as one of the 50 best iPhone Apps of 2011.


18 Dec 2010 Mobile World Congress names IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app the #1 Entertainment app of the year.

14 Dec 2010 MacWorld names IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app the #1 reference app of the year.

10 Dec 2010 Apple selects IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app as one of the 10 best free apps of 2010.

16 Nov 2010 IMDb world premieres “Dilly,” a Band of Horses music video.

04 Nov 2010 IMDb launches international Showtimes and availability of its “Movies & TV” app for iPhone and iPad in simplified and traditional Chinese.

17 Oct 2010 IMDb celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Oct 2010 During his keynote to launch Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore showcase IMDb’s new application for Windows Phone 7.

28 Sept 2010 20 A-List actors, writers, directors and producers begin to count down to IMDb’s 20th anniversary. This is IMDb’s first foray into original content.

Aug 2010 IMDb’s mobile website ( launches.

30 July 2010 IMDb launches Android app and announces “IMDb Everywhere” initiative.

16 Jun 2010 HD Trailers launches, making it possible to deliver HD content via IMDb.

08 April 2010 During his keynote at the Apple iOS 4 launch event, Steve Jobs says of IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app: “This is a fantastic app from IMDb. If you love movies, you can learn so much about movies.”

03 April 2010 IMDb’s iPad app launches.

18 Feb 2010 IMDb’s “Movies & TV” app launches worldwide in all countries Apple supports. Seven languages are now supported: English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese.


07 Dec 2009 The IMDb “Movies & TV” app for iPhone/iPod goes live in the Apple App Store.


06 Nov 2008 IMDb launches its first non-English site, for German-speakers.

07 July 2008 IMDb acquires Box Office Mojo.

17 Jan 2008 IMDb acquires Withoutabox.


30 May 2006 IMDb Resume launches.


09 Sep 2003 IMDb surpasses 1,000,000 registered users.


05 Dec 2001 IMDbPro launches.


17 Oct 2000 IMDb celebrates its 10th anniversary.


07 May 1999 Message boards launch.

18 March 1999 IMDb wins the Webby Award in the Film category for the third consecutive year as well as the newly introduced People's Voice Award in the same category at the third annual Webby Awards.


29 July 1998 The IMDb user comments system is launched.

24 Apr 1998 IMDb officially becomes an company.

06 Mar 1998 IMDb wins the Webby Award in the Film category for the second consecutive year at the second annual Webby Awards.


07 Mar 1997 IMDb wins the Webby Award in the Film category at the first annual Webby Awards.


18 Mar 1996 IMDb announces the change of its status from a hobby Internet project to a limited liability company.


17 Feb 1995 In addition to the main UK site, IMDb now has four WWW mirrors (USA, Australia, Germany and Japan).


17 Oct 1990 Col Needham (founder and CEO of IMDb), posts a set of shell scripts to the USENET group rec.arts.movies creating a searchable database of filmography data, thus publicly launching IMDb in its earliest form.