Featured Session: Col Needham


Col Needham


A moderated conversation with Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world.

Founder and CEO of IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world, Col Needham has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. After starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he completed a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research in Bristol, England. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Needham created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Published in 1990, Needham coordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort through 1996. IMDb was incorporated in January 1996 and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in 1998. Needham continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world.

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