IMDb Top 250 Data Contributors for 2015

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Included below is my end-of-year message to IMDb's top 250 data contributors for 2015.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to IMDb in our 25th anniversary year -- every data contribution helps! If anyone outside of the top 250 would like to know their 2015 (only) live item total and position in the complete list, please post a reply here and, for a limited time, we will try to let you know as long as you have submitted more than 200 live items. 

Happy New Year 2016 from IMDb! 

Col 


Introduction and Thanks 

Welcome to the 21st edition of our end-of-year message to IMDb's top data contributors. This has been a landmark year for us in which we celebrated IMDb's 25th birthday in October. We believe this makes us unique in being founded on the Internet and still around today so thank you to everyone who has ever contributed to IMDb since 1990. We could not do it without you. 

This message is being sent to the 250 most prolific contributors in 2015. It will also be shared widely such that everyone can appreciate your efforts. We are pleased to see many new names on the list alongside our oldest supporters. Your contributions are now accessed by over 250 million monthly visitors to IMDb across the web, mobile apps and various hardware devices. Thank you. 


The Numbers 

The table at the end of this message shows the number of approved, non-duplicate data items (including deletions / corrections) which you have contributed in 2015 and your position within the top 250 contributors. Newly included for 2015 are the additions/corrections of photo tags. 

In total there are now over 200 million items in the IMDb database, collected since our launch in 1990. Some highlights from the 2015 numbers: 

* over 3.5 million titles with over 400,000 added in 2015 

* over 6.9 million names with over 700,000 added in 2015 

* over 71 million filmography credits with over 8 million added in 2015 

IMDb has covered titles in production and development for over 20 years. In November we added a very special title that takes our coverage of future movies to the year 2115 via http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5174640/ and therefore expands our data coverage years to 1874-2115 which is 242 years! 

More statistics are available at http://www.imdb.com/stats. For some perspective, it took 14 years for us to reach the same number of filmography credits which were added in 2015 alone and coincidentally 14 years to reach the same number of titles which were added in 2015. We are particularly pleased to have reduced publication times despite this rapid growth. 


Progress and Plans 

... From a contributor perspective by Thomas Porter ... 

For many of us 2015 will be remembered as the year J.J. Abrams properly awoke The Force, we finally caught up with Back to the Future Part II, and the Earl of Grantham's posh velvet curtains came down on Downton Abbey for the last time. Whether you're a gentrified time-travelling Jedi, or not, if you're reading this you're far cooler - you're an IMDb contributor, and for that we salute you above anyone (sorry, J.J.). 

Before salutations let's take a moment to reflect on some key achievements. What made 2015 so special is that many of you played a part in testing and launching the new features and updates via one of our betas. We're listening to your requests, prioritizing the most-popular, and rolling them out slowly - fixing bugs and tweaking functionality as a direct result of your feedback BEFORE launch. 

First up: image tagging. Since IMDb has had images, not being able to add or edit links to titles and names on those images has been a major bugbear for staff and contributors alike. Now it's finally possible. It's super easy to do (look for the 'edit tags' option) and you've been tagging in your droves. Adding to the mobile contribution interfaces launched in 2014, you can also tag from your phone. 

Building on last year's launch of IMDb Contributor (https://contribute.imdb.com/), we've added two more trackable data types (you can now check the status of your trivia and image submissions) and it's now the home of the updated version of the main submission interface (you get redirected there whenever you click 'edit page'). It might not look or feel different yet (and if it doesn't, we've done a good job), but the move is an essential milestone. Tweaking functionality, once slow and difficult, is now faster and easier. Importantly, it's another step closer to syncing up the data on the site with the submission interface. 

With the launch of Lifetime Contributor Badges, user profile pages now boast 8 new categories of badge acknowledging contributions in titles, filmography, trivia etc. Each badge has gold, silver and bronze classifications awarded depending on total number of items submitted within each category, ranging from 1 to 1 million(!). The more you contribute, the higher they go. If you have a gold badge, take a bow - you're already in the top 1-2% of all contributors within that category. Check out Col's profile if you want to try and beat the boss:http://www.imdb.com/user/ur1000000/ - view your own by hovering over your username in the top right-hand-corner (when logged in) and clicking 'Your Profile'. 

Along with the new features and updates, we've doubled down on our commitment to you by halving and holding our processing service level agreement (SLA); over 98% of data submissions are now processed within 5 business days (down from 10 in 2014). But it's not only processing SLAs we take seriously. We split content-related Helpdesk contacts into 2 categories: Content (messages usually related to specific submissions or live data); and Report (messages usually sent to Helpdesk due to missing functionality on the site - new event requests, title deletions etc.) - we're now consistently answering those contacts within 3 (Content) and 7 days (Report). 

Over 80% of problems and questions raised on our dedicated help community on Get Satisfaction are answered within 7 days, in no small part thanks to our awesome Champs who've worked tirelessly all year to make the community what it is; an immensely helpful resource. We check and respond to messages on the Contributors' Help Board every week and it's still a great resource for our top contributors to discuss policy. We're using both forums to gauge opinion and collect ideas for ways to improve the contribution experience. 

The future: We can't say too much, but it's safe to say that continuing to drive down processing and publishing times is going to feature heavily in 2016. As is continuing to build on the features available on IMDb Contributor and taking advantage of the new submission interface platform. 

Please keep your ideas and feedback coming on Get Satisfaction because we need your input - not only to keep IMDb the greatest entertainment database in the world, but to help shape the tools and features we use to build it. We really can't thank the Champs and Beta testers enough, and if you'd like to get involved in 2016, get in touch (and yes, for the completists, there's a profile badge for both). 

Finally, as promised, to mark 25 years of IMDb in 2015, for the first time we've published a list of the top 250 contributors of all time: 

https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/top_contributors 

Thanks everyone for another wonderful year. See you in 2016. 

Thomas Porter, Team Manager - IMDb Database Content 


... From a customer perspective by Col Needham ... 

A big theme to highlight from 2015 has been to make video a key part of the IMDb experience across our different platforms. We are a service about movies and TV so we think that viewing video should be as much a part of visiting IMDb as reading text and images. This is both in terms of watching trailers, clips, interviews etc. as well as linking to Amazon Video to watch the actual movies and shows. To add an extra dimension to viewing, the popular X-ray for movies and TV service which enhances viewing by showing IMDb content alongside the movie or show, has been expanded from Kindle Fires and Fire TVs to iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Read more about X-ray at http://www.imdb.com/x-ray/ 

We have continued to add features and content to our iOS and Android apps plus our mobile web site to enable you to take IMDb everywhere you go. We are working to make all relevant IMDb content accessible across all devices. We have increased the development speed of our mobile apps such that new releases are regular and frequent. 

This has been a big year for editorial content and the team have covered awards, events, premieres and festivals from around the world. We hope you have enjoyed a peek behind-the-scenes at many events thanks to our on-the-ground team. 

Below is the traditional month-by-month look at the highlights of 2015. Outside of these we are still constantly making improvements, adding new features or retiring old ones based on your feedback. Even putting aside the continuous data changes, we almost never run the same version of the IMDb software on any two consecutive days (or increasingly, two consecutive hours). There is always something new launching, either visibly or via a behind-the-scenes technology or process improvement. 

The start of year is always about awards and we added more content to our Awards Central section: 

http://www.imdb.com/awards-central/ 

Later in January we attended The Sundance Film Festival: 

http://www.imdb.com/sundance 

and also launched a video studio there filming over 30 interviews with the cast and filmmakers behind some of the most popular titles of the festival: 

http://www.imdb.com/sundance/imdb-sundance-studio/ 

In February we added personalized recommendations to our iOS app and more video to both our iOS and Android apps. The day of the Oscars saw another all-time page view record at IMDb. 

In March we upgraded our video player to support the latest HD streaming video standard which also enables us to automatically select the best video encoding rated based on your bandwidth and browser / app settings. We improved TV information by adding details to TV title pages regarding season premieres, season returns and next episode air dates. We also added an "On TV Tonight" section to the IMDb home page. We also covered the South by Southwest festival at: 

http://www.imdb.com/sxsw/ 

In April we launched a new video upload system for our Withoutabox filmmakers and also for IMDbPro demo reels and all staff videos (including studio supplied trailers). Russell Crowe was also guest editor of the IMDb home page, including a new video feature where celebrity guest editors answer user questions athttp://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1866510617 

In May we covered the Cannes Film Festival: 

http://www.imdb.com/cannes/ 

In June we relaunched our film festival submissions service Withoutabox with a brand new design for filmmakers.

In July we covered Comic-Con 

http://www.imdb.com/comic-con/ 

and also launched our new trailers page at: 

http://www.imdb.com/trailers 

In August we added the Top Rated TV Shows chart: 

http://www.imdb.com/chart/toptv/ 

In September we covered The Emmy Awards with an extra focus on videos via our celebrity host, Retta: 

http://www.imdb.com/emmys/video 

and also The Toronto Film Festival: 

http://www.imdb.com/toronto/ 

In October we celebrated IMDb's 25th birthday with a special editorial section: 

http://www.imdb.com/anniversary/ 

along with a "thank you" letter from me: 

http://www.imdb.com/anniversary/25-anniversary-col-letter 

We also added a "TV Tonight" section to the trailers section (see tab) on: 

http://www.imdb.com/trailers/ 

and launched the Most Popular Movies chart: 

http://www.imdb.com/chart/moviemeter 

and Most Popular TV chart: 

http://www.imdb.com/chart/tvmeter 

A popular video was this James Bond themed one, coinciding with the release of Spectre: 

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2642129689 

In November we updated the photo gallery viewing experience across IMDb's mobile platforms. For example, the mobile photo gallery for my favourite actress: 

http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0428065/mediaindex?rmconst=rm839575808 

we also launched a new live webcast interview series called "IMDb Asks" with an archive available at: 

http://www.imdb.com/feature/imdb-asks 

In December we added user lists to our Android application and also launched our annual "Best Of" section for 2015: 

http://www.imdb.com/best-of 

We have a whole series exciting features for 2016 and we are recruiting across our offices in Bristol (UK), Seattle (Washington) and Santa Monica (California): 

http://www.imdb.com/jobs 


Traffic and Usage 

The IMDb audience has once again grown to reach more people around the world on more devices. Your data contributions are still seen and appreciated even more widely than ever before, now by over 250 million unique customers per month on IMDb. Beyond this you will find IMDb content on more services. New in 2015 was the addition of the Amazon Echo device which uses IMDb data to answer certain entertainment related questions: 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WHP5E/ 

For more details on IMDb generally, please visit our press area: 

http://www.imdb.com/press 

We continue to encourage everyone to get involved in building a bigger and better IMDb. We thank you for playing your role in filling the gaps because, as always, every type of data and every title is important in some way; see our Contributor Zone at http://www.imdb.com/czone/ and earn more badges on your profile at the same time! 

We will be sharing this message widely and so if you have contributed any data in 2015, our gratitude applies equally to you. 


Thanks and Feedback 

In recognition of your contributions, as usual, we are offering everyone in the top 250 free access to IMDbPro for all of 2016. We will send a separate message with details and an access code within the next few days. 

Thanks again for all your support during the year. As always, ideas and constructive feedback are welcome. Please join us in the Contributors' Help message board for policy discussions: 

http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000042/threads/ 

or contact us via Get Satisfaction: 

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb 

Thanks and we wish you a Happy New Year! 

Col Needham, 
IMDb Founder and CEO 
on behalf of the whole IMDb Team 

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3 199017 Christian Bonamusa (pegg1976)
4 167143 kkmmss (kkmmss)
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27 58472 JMGuer (JMGuer)
28 56126 Eric Greene (EricGreene @IMDb)
29 54692 M. W. (ostblockschaedel)
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74 28344 Ben Hallums (Benhallums1)
75 27920 Koenraad G.F. VISSERS (k-vissers)
76 27707 Andrew Morris (Moz79)
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86 26251 Gary M. James (GMJames)
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104 21669 Steven Folger (SuperSteve1)
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107 21390 O. K. (altobelli5)
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120 18993 Jack Lamas (ExplorerDS6789)
121 18976 lapantera (lapantera)
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123 18313 Dominic Khouri (dj-dom)
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130 17749 Luis Javier Doncel Vecino (ljdoncel)
131 17262 Jayseph (Jayseph @IMDb)
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149 14918 Brad Couch (aikidomastersc123)
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152 14719 C. D. Williams (dusean)
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169 13076 Frank Brenner (SirPercy)
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171 12710 Mark Smith (Zynntyxx)
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178 12527 Mark Donovan (starfyre)
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180 12228 Jacques Rigborg (Rigborg)
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182 12090 A B (Alfabeta)
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184 11914 David Glagovsky (Moodri)
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191 11535 Thomas Porter (ThomasPorter @IMDb)
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