Featured Session: 30 years of IMDb, with Founder & CEO Col Needham


Col Needham


Before the web was created, a UK teenager began listing movies he’d seen in the 1980s. His list, along with similar data collected on the Internet, was published online in 1990 as IMDb, becoming one of the world’s first websites and earliest profitable Internet companies. 30 years later, IMDb is the world’s most popular source of information on movies, TV and celebrities with more than 200 million monthly visitors, and its IMDbPro service which empowers entertainment professionals to advance their careers. Join IMDb Founder & CEO Col Needham (called “the most powerful Brit in Hollywood” by The Guardian) for a conversation about his life as a movie lover and Internet pioneer, following your personal passion to achieve success, and how IMDb (an Amazon company since 1998) continues to evolve.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate