Kevin Smith seemed to have really enjoyed his time working with IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con last year, because now he has a weekly show with the company. IMDb announced the launch of The IMDb Show this week, the company’s first-ever weekly series, all built around trending entertainment topics.
Inspired by the sites’ audience of more than 250M unique monthly visitors worldwide, the topical digital series will offer fans IMDb’s unique perspective on the week in entertainment through commentary and updates. The show will also utilize the proprietary IMDb trending data derived from IMDbPro’s STARmeter and MOVIEmeter charts; and offer exclusive interviews.
Starting today, viewers can watch a new episode of The IMDb Show, and every Thursday on IMDb’s iOS and Android apps. Fans will also receive regular updates and show content on IMDb’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram channels.
The IMDb Show celebrates fan obsessions by focusing on the craft of compelling entertainment storytelling and the talent responsible for the industry’s highly anticipated new releases and fan favorites. IMDb’s unique take on the weekly variety show format will pull back the curtain on the week’s biggest entertainment stories, helping viewers decide what to watch.
“IMDb was built by and for a community of uniquely passionate and informed fans,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO. “The IMDb Show, our first-ever weekly studio show, will reflect their curiosity and interests. Our vision is to host an informative, entertaining conversation around the shows, movies and talent that our customers are obsessed with, leveraging IMDb’s unique and authoritative data to enrich the weekly entertainment conversation and inform viewing decisions. Our show was inspired and guided by the positive fan and industry feedback we’ve received on the original video content we’ve been creating over the past several years, including on-location reporting and celebrity interviews filmed in The IMDb Studio at many of the world’s most popular fan conventions, award shows and film festivals.”
The IMDb Show will feature prominent industry insiders and experts as regular contributors, including writer, filmmaker and podcaster Kevin Smith, who also serves as an executive producer of the series. The IMDb Show is hosted by Tim Kash and Kerri Doherty, who will conduct celebrity interviews, and moderate studio and field segments focusing on current entertainment industry news, releases and trends. Tim is best known from his decade at MTV News in London and New York covering movies and music. Kerri has written for ABC’s The Goldbergs and also created the original celebrity interview series Geeking Out for Bedrocket/YouTube.
“Whether I’m covering Sundance or Comic-Con, I have loved working with IMDb the last few years,” said Kevin Smith. “So when the IMDb team asked me to get involved in The IMDb Show with Tim and Kerri, I instantly said yes. I mean, you can never have too many credits from IMDb on your IMDb page.”
The IMDb Show has been in a public preview mode since November 17, 2017. Early episodes generated more cross-channel views and minutes-watched than any IMDb original video production to date, excluding live event coverage. Based on strong customer feedback on the preview episodes, IMDb has officially picked up the show as a regular weekly series with new episodes debuting each Thursday.
On today’s episode of The IMDb Show, guest Chris Sullivan joins Tim and Kerri to discuss his role on This is Us, answer fan questions, and share what’s on his Watchlist. Upcoming celebrity guests on The IMDb Show include Kevin Smith and Jordan Horowitz (Producer La La Land, Counterpart). In next week’s episode (debuting January 18), the show will travel to Park City, Utah, for on-location interviews and reporting from The 2018 Sundance Film Festival, including a segment in which Kevin Smith previews the 2018 Sundance Film Festival line-up. The official launch party for The IMDb Show, a private, invitation-only event, will take place in The IMDb Studio in Park City on January 20, 2018.
The IMDb Show is produced by IMDb and INE Entertainment in Studio City, California.