IMDb will be hosting the company’s second annual “IMDb LIVE Viewing Party” this year. The event is a live streaming companion show celebrating the Academy Awards with entertaining and informative coverage from Hollywood’s biggest night. The live broadcast co-hosted by Dave Karger (IMDb Special Correspondent) and The IMDb Show co-hosts Tim Kash and Kerri Doherty will stream live on IMDb.com, IMDb’s mobile apps, Twitter and Twitch.
IMDb’s hosted coverage during the “IMDb LIVE Viewing Party” broadcast will take place before, after, and during breaks in the Oscars telecast. IMDb does not broadcast the awards ceremony itself – while the program is in progress, the hosted conversation stops and IMDb delivers a “second screen” experience featuring videos, information, and trivia related to the Oscar nominees currently being celebrated.
The “IMDb LIVE Viewing Party” broadcast will begin at 4:30PM Pacific on Sunday, March 4, providing viewers with a uniquely fun and informative perspective on the Academy Awards, featuring conversations with celebrity guests, past nominees, experts and industry insiders, along with IMDb data and information.
Guests this year include Aisha Tyler (Criminal Minds, Archer), Anne Heche (The Brave), Lea Thompson (Switched At Birth), past winner Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon), two-time nominee Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), longtime Academy head writer Bruce Vilanch, IMDb’s Founder and CEO Col Needham, Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld), Tamara Taylor (Altered Carbon), Boots Riley (Sorry To Bother You) and more. The live broadcast will also integrate IMDb information and proprietary, real-time IMDb trending data, comments and questions from users on Twitter and Twitch, and pre-produced segments including interviews with nominees Guillermo Del Toro (Director, The Shape of Water), Willem Dafoe (Supporting Actor, The Florida Project), and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Songwriters, “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman).
“Our goal is to produce a multi-hour, live Academy Awards companion show that is worthy of Hollywood’s biggest night,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO. “With industry legends including Peter Fonda and Tatum O’Neal scheduled to appear, and hosts Dave Karger, and Tim Kash and Kerri Doherty of The IMDb Show on board, our goal is to delight, entertain and inform customers all over the world with IMDb’s real-time trending data, insightful conversation and nominee trivia.”
“Twitter is the place to see and join the real-time Oscars conversation,” said Kay Madati, Global Head of Content Partnerships, Twitter. “We’re excited to collaborate with IMDb to bring fans this behind-the-scenes broadcast alongside the real-time commentary from experts and fans during one of Hollywood’s biggest nights.”
IMDb’s editorial coverage of the 90th Academy Awards will also include real-time winner announcements, trivia quizzes, photo galleries and more.