Internet Movie Database


May 19, 2022

Internet Movie Database (IMDb - Internet movie database) is an online database of world cinema. It provides information about movies, actors, directors, filmmakers... and all the people and companies in the field of film, TV series and video game production. First introduced in 1990 by computer programmer Col Needham, the company was later incorporated in the UK as Internet Movie Database Ltd in 1996 with revenue generated through advertising, licensing and cooperate. In 1998 it became a subsidiary of Amazon, Let anyone use it as an advertising resource to sell DVDs and video tapes. As of January 2017, IMDb has approximately 4.1 million movies (including all episodes) and 7.7 million characters in its database, and 70 million registered users.


Before the website was launched

IMDb originated from a Usenet post by British film fan and computer programmer Col Needham titled "Those Eyes", about actresses with beautiful eyes. Like-minded people quickly respond by adding or listing their favorites. Following that, Needham began creating a "List of Actors", Dave Knight started "List of Directors", and Andy Krieg received "THE LIST" from Hank Driskill (later renamed). to "Actress List"). Both lists were limited to living and working people, but not long after that added retirees. Thus, Needham began what was then (but no longer maintains) a separate "Dead Actors / Actresses List". The aim of the participants now is to make the lists as complete as possible. By the end of 1990, the lists included nearly 10,000 film and television films with the actors who appeared in them. On October 17, 1990, Needham developed and posted a collection of Unix shell scripts that could be used to search all four lists, and from the database possibly IMDb was born. . At the time, it was known as the "rec.arts.movies movie database".

On the website

The database has been expanded to include additional filmmaker types and other demographic material as well as briefs, biographies, and backstory. Movie ratings have been properly integrated with listing data, and a centralized email interface for querying the database has been created by Alan Jay. Then, in 1993, it switched to the World Wide Web, (a network in its early stages at the time) under the name Cardiff Internet Movie Database. The database resides on the servers of the computer science department of Cardiff University in Wales. Rob Hartill is the original web interface author. In 1994, the email interface was modified to accept submissions of all information, allowing people to email specific list managers with their updates. However, the structure remains the same, the information received on a movie is divided into several section management lists, the