IMDb introduces website redesign and revamped name pages

The IMDb redesign has been making waves on social media ahead of its official launch on November 30th.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) underwent a website overhaul after a redesign beta rollout.

IndieWire can exclusively confirm the expanded IMDb name pages for more than 11 million celebrities, filmmakers and crew members. The rollout started worldwide on November 30th.

IMDb, an essential hub for aggregated data for filmography, upcoming projects and trivia, has proposed a change to its layout, primarily affecting chronological listings for resumes and giving new meaning to the ‘Known For’ section. Previously, each page prompted site visitors to click a preview version of the update and wrote in a pop-up window, “For a limited time, take a peek at the new, in-process version of this page.” The preview ended in August 2022.

The updated namepage experience is designed to improve finding and navigating entertainment content on IMDb and was guided by customer feedback and suggestions during a multi-month public beta, according to an official press release.

“We are grateful to all of the customers around the world who gave us feedback and suggestions during our public beta. The experience, now live for all customers to experience and enjoy, has been guided by their feedback,” IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham said in a statement shared with IndieWire.

Specific updates to the enhanced IMDb namepage experience include the following: the addition of poster images to the credits section of namepages for easier visual identification of each title; new tools to filter and sort a person’s credits based on the type of project, including podcasts and music videos; Instant access to information about each title in a person’s credits, including trailer, genre, runtime, plot, rating, and theatrical, streaming, broadcast, and DVD availability; a convenient way to add titles in a pro’s credits to a client’s IMDb watchlist; and customers can now submit their user ratings for titles they’ve watched directly from the credits section of IMDb namepages.

The new pages are available in nine languages, work across screen sizes from small mobile devices to large desktops, and offer improved accessibility.

IMDb and its later subscriber counterpart IMDbPro originated in 1990 from a fan-run movie database owned by the Usenet group rec.arts.movies and went online in 1993. Amazon bought in 1998 and currently operates the platform.

IMDbPro is accessible for an annual fee of $149.99, with the ability for actors, crew and industry executives to post their own resumes and upload portraits. Membership also allows users to view contact information for industry insiders. In January 2019, IMDb launched an ad-supported streaming platform Freedive, later renamed IMDbTV and recently announced as Freevee in April.

As of March 2022, IMDb contains 10.1 million titles and 11.5 million records of people. The site has 83 million registered users.

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Lindsay Lowe

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