Fabric Inks Data Deal With IMDb

Under a new deal, Fabric’s media and entertainment customers, which include Lionsgate, Warner Bros, and MGM, can procure licensed data from IMDb directly through their existing relationship with Fabric, the company has announced.

The new deal between IMDb (www.imdb.com), a source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities, and Fabric, which offers metadata management for media and entertainment catalogs, allows media and entertainment companies to seamlessly enrich their catalogs using entertainment data sets from IMDb, according to the announcement.

IMDb licenses information from its database — including movie and TV titles, cast and crew listings, user ratings and global box office grosses — to third-party businesses to enrich content catalogs, power analysis, inform strategic decision-making, and more.

Media and entertainment customers will have one agreement and one fee directly with Fabric, which provides cost and resource efficiencies compared to maintaining multiple agreements and payments. 

“The ability to license both a title management software platform (Fabric) and the connected data service (IMDb) in one place will clearly streamline our procurement and implementation processes,” Renee McGinnis, EVP of Lionsgate, said in a statement.

“This collaboration gives us the ability to enable our customers to seamlessly connect with the rich data set licensed by IMDb without additional contracts, giving them the freedom to start using this data more quickly and easily,” Rob Delf, CEO of Fabric, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to providing a turnkey solution for data enrichment.”

“IMDb is pleased to collaborate with Fabric to extend the reach of the data we license to third-party companies, including movie and TV titles, cast and crew listings, user ratings, and global box office grosses,” Nikki Santoro, chief operating officer for IMDb, said in a statement. “This will empower Fabric’s media and entertainment customers with more efficient access to our vast and authoritative entertainment industry data, for the purposes of enriching their catalogs and making informed business decisions.”

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Fabric’s licensing of IMDb data and information is fulfilled through AWS Data Exchange, a service that makes it easy for millions of Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to securely find, subscribe to, and use third-party data in the cloud, according to the announcement.

“AWS customers want end-to-end, integrated solutions and a simplified journey for the procurement and deployment of third-party data,” Marc Aldrich, GM of AWS for media and entertainment, said in a statement. “The integration between IMDb, Fabric and AWS Data Exchange is a prime example of working backwards from the needs of our shared customers to deliver this outcome.”

IMDb and Fabric will highlight their collaboration in a Q&A at the NAB Show April 15-19 in Las Vegas on April 17, 3:30-3:50 p.m. in the West Hall, Innovation Stage. NAB Show attendees can also request meetings with IMDb and Fabric at the AWS booth (West Hall #1701) and AWS Partner Village (West Hall, Connect Experiential Zone W3421O).

IMDb: ‘Barbie,’ ‘The Last of Us’ Most Anticipated Movie, TV Show in 2023

The July 21 theatrical release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Barbie, co-starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and the Jan. 15 debut of the new HBO video game-based Zombie series “The Last of Us,” starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, are the most-anticipated movie and TV series entering 2023, according to new data from Amazon’s IMDb platform.

Other anticipated movies include:

 

Rather than base its annual rankings on statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its lists by the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb. This data is derived from the IMDbPro movie and TV rankings, which are updated weekly throughout the year.

The most anticipated new series of 2023 include:

 

“IMDb customers are anticipating tales of iconic childhood characters like Barbie, Ariel, and Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as new storylines from popular video game franchises, ‘Mario,’ and ‘The Last of Us,'” Nikki Santoro, IMDb chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in “The Last of Us”

Study: Phase 4 of Marvel Cinematic Universe Least Favorite

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the least-favorite MCU phase so far, according to critical scores identified in a new study.

The findings come from the Critic Ratings Study, which analyzed the film ratings across three popular review platforms — Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb. 

The study found that films and TV shows featured in Phase 4 — starting with “WandaVision” and running through to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — are proving the least popular with fans so far, when compared with Phase 3, Phase 2 and Phase 1.

In fact, when compared to Phase 3 of the MCU (starting with Captain America: Civil War and ending with Spider-Man: Far From Home), Phase 4 has reported a 22% drop in ratings. 

Still, Phase 4 includes the highest-rated MCU film so far, Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10), but it’s Eternals that pulls the average score down considerably as the lowest-rated film in the MCU to date (5.7/10). 

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Of the TV shows included in Phase 4, the highest-rated was “WandaVision,” while fans weren’t so keen on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” or “Hawkeye.”

MCU Phases, best to worst:

  1. Phase 3 (Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Far From Home)
  2. Phase 2 (Iron Man 3 to Ant-Man)
  3. Phase 1 (Iron Man to Marvel’s The Avengers)
  4. Phase 4 (“WandaVision” to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)

 

Phase 3 was the highest-rated period of Marvel films, with each film featured reporting an impressive average critic score of 7.9/10. 

Highest-rated MCU films, by cumulative IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10)
  2. Avengers: Endgame (8.6/10)
  3. Iron Man (8.6/10)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War (8.5/10)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy (8.5/10)

IMDb Bows ‘What to Watch’ Streaming App

Amazon-owned IMDb May 5 announced the launch of a free IMDb What to Watch app for the ecommerce behemoth’s Fire TV streaming device.

The app offers a series of interactive games to help families, friends, or those playing individually discover and decide what to stream. Available to Fire TV devices in the U.S., users receive customized movie and TV series recommendations across multiple streaming services tailored to their current moods and interests.

“Hundreds of millions of customers rely on IMDb when deciding what and where to watch,” Nikki Santoro, IMDb chief operating officer, said in a statement. “The app makes it easy, fun, and fast for customers to discover trending titles and hidden gems, find the perfect movie or TV series to fit any mood, and get the most out of their streaming services on Fire TV.”

Using proprietary and authoritative IMDb data, the app suggests a selection of movie and/or series picks with key details for each title, including genre, trailer, and plot summary. For those looking for input from other entertainment fans, recommended titles also display IMDb user ratings for movies and TV shows, which help customers make informed viewing decisions.

By enabling the “Your Services” feature, users can customize the app settings to prioritize titles available from their preferred streaming services. Every pick also displays the runtime, so viewers can plan their couch time accordingly. Once a viewing decision has been made, customers will be shown where they can stream the title.

The following games are available to play now on the app via the Fire TV Alexa voice remote:

  • Quick Draw: For players who enjoy the element of chance, virtual “playing cards” shuffle through movie and series options, revealing a trio of picks in seconds. Players can click “deal cards” for a fresh set of picks.
  • Watch Challenge: Players are invited to watch, rate, and collect digital stamps as they view curated IMDb lists of titles, including the IMDb Top 250 movies list, award-winning titles, and popular franchises. Themed lists will be updated frequently.
  • This or That: Players will answer a series of simple “This or That?” questions to find the perfect movie or TV series to suit their mood, whether they are seeking an epic romance, a G-rated family title, a supernatural horror film, or a slapstick comedy. Players can refresh choices, including desired viewing time, before their picks are revealed.

 

IMDb will continue to launch new games on the app, including “Build-a-Cast” and “Time Machine.”

The app is available now to download for free from the Fire TV Appstore. Users who sign into their IMDb accounts on the app will receive updates on new features and games, can sync their personal ratings across IMDb and the app.

IMDb: ‘The Batman,’ ‘House of the Dragon’ Most-Anticipated New Movie, Series in 2022

The year 2022 is looking to be a good one for Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max. Actor Robert Pattinson’s turn as the newest DC caped crusader in The Batman, along with HBO/HBO Max “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” both rank as the most-anticipated new movie and episodic series in 2022, according to new data from Amazon-owned IMDb.

Among returning series, Apple TV’s award-winning “Ted Lasso” is the most-anticipated returning series in 2022.

Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its lists by the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to the website. This data is derived from the IMDbPro movie and TV rankings, which are updated weekly throughout the year.

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Notable to the top category polesitters is the field of quality movies and series that finished as runners-up: two Paramount Pictures/Tom Cruise actioners, Top Gun: Maverick in the No. 4 spot and Mission: Impossible 7 at No. 8, and Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 3. All three movies trail the return of the “Scream” franchise, 10 years after Scream 4 and 25 years after the original, featuring original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette tracking a new killer.

On the episodic content front, Amazon Studios’ ambitious “The Lord of the Rings” series reboot ranks as the second-most-anticipated new series next year, just ahead of Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy,” a fictional miniseries based on the lives of “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who reportedly got married 96 hours after meeting and were famously the subject of a leaked sex tape.

Netflix’s “Bridgerton” and FX’s “American Horror Story” round out the Top 3 most-anticipated returning series in 2022.

IMDb: ‘Dune,’ ‘WandaVision’ Top Movie, TV Show in 2021

Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi reboot of Dune and Disney+ original series “WandaVision” ranked as the most-popular movie and TV series in 2021, according to new year-end data from IMDb.

The Amazon-owned database determines its list of the most-popular movies and TV shows by the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to the platform. This data is derived from the IMDbPro movie and TV rankings, which are updated weekly throughout the year.

“Our database of hundreds of millions of items proved to be a resource for fans and professionals wanting to learn more about the stars and creators of these and other breakthrough movies and TV shows, as well as the third-party companies that leverage our data-licensing business to enhance their own services,” Brian Carver, head of data licensing for IMDb, said in a statement.

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Keith Simanton, managing editor for IMDbPro, said the thematic trend in 2021 centered on stories around survivors in extraordinary circumstances breaking through, including Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s Dune, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Army of the Dead.

“The Marvel Cinematic Universe lands three spots on our list of the most popular TV and streaming series with ‘WandaVision,’ ‘Loki’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,'” Simanton said. “We loved seeing users … reminding us that when it comes to entertainment, fans are always looking for creativity and originality in storytelling.”

Kevin Feige Addresses Marvel’s New Approach to Original Series/Movies for Disney+

The Marvel Cinematic Universe divides its movies into phases, with the first three phases covering the formation of the Avengers, the rise of Thanos, and the Infinity Saga. The fourth phase is the first to be intertwined with a slate of new series premiering on the Disney+ streaming service — beginning four months ago with “WandaVision.”

On a new IMDbrief podcast, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was asked if “WandaVision” would be the template for the studio’s upcoming slate of MCU-themed TV series.

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“[WandaVision] is probably the most overt level, black-and-white, old-fashioned aspect ratio, but every show that we’re working on I think is about creative swings for both marvel studios, the MCU and television,” Feige said. “So I’m very excited about what we’ve already shown on ‘Falcon and the Winter Solider’ — that is a very big scale epic action buddy series that we’re excited about.”

The producer admitted that not much has been revealed about the storyline and characters in “Loki,” featuring Tom Hiddleston as the mercurial villain on a new time-warp crime spree.

“It is intriguingly different and I think we’ve called it a crime thriller — which is not something you would necessarily think of when it comes to ‘Loki.’ We like that. We enjoy that,” Feige said.

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel

The president of Marvel Studios said the Disney subsidiary is also eyeing new approaches to “Ms. Marvel,” about a Pakistani-American girl named Kamala Khan who gains shape-shifting powers, and is played by Iman Vellani; and “She-Hulk,” starring Tatiana Maslany, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth as villain Abomination — specifically for the streaming service.

“She-Hulk” is a 30-minute legal comedy, and “Ms. Marvel” is the origin of a new superhero, but from a [Muslim-American] community you haven’t seen representation from … and we wanted to bring that to the screen,” Feige said.

Indeed, the casting seems appropriate considering a third of Disney+ subscribers hail from India.

In July, Black Widow will be the first Marvel movie to premiere on Disney+, although it will also be available theatrically at the same time, which could be a game changer for the studio’s upcoming theatrical releases. It is the 24th release in the MCU movie franchise.

IMDb: ‘The Boys,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ ‘Tiger King,’ ‘The Last Dance’ Among Top TV Shows in 2020

Amazon-owned movie and TV data base IMDb.com Dec. 8 unveiled the Top 10 TV Shows of 2020 and, for the first time ever, the Top 10 Docuseries and Top 10 Reality and Competition TV Series. Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings or reviews from professional critics, IMDb determines its list of most popular shows from its proprietary rankings of shows based on the actual page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

“Though reality TV was in its infancy when IMDb was founded 30 years ago, it’s grown enormously in terms of the diversity, scale and, in many cases, prestige of its offerings,” Brian Carver, head of content and licensing for IMDb, said in a statement.

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Carver said 2020 proved to be a standout year for TV and streaming series, with an assortment of true breakout shows, turning many of these programs — including Amazon’s “The Boys,” Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Tiger King,” and ESPN’s “The Last Dance” and Netflix’s “Too Hot to Handle” — into cultural moments.

Keith Simanton, managing editor for IMDbPro, said it’s notable that many of the top reality programs have had exceptionally long runs, including an incredible 40 seasons of “Survivor” and 12 seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“We celebrate these shows for their ongoing creativity and longevity, keeping fans coming back for more, year after year,” Simanton said.

IMDb Top 10 TV Shows of 2020

  1. The Boys
  2. Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)
  3. Dark
  4. Ozark
  5. The Mandalorian
  6. The Queen’s Gambit
  7. The Umbrella Academy
  8. Westworld
  9. The Witcher
  10. The Crown

 

IMDb Top 10 Docuseries of 2020

  1. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
  2. The Last Dance
  3. Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
  4. The Vow
  5. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  6. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
  7. Down to Earth with Zac Efron
  8. McMillions
  9. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
  10. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

 

IMDb Top 10 Reality and Competition Series of 2020

  1. Too Hot to Handle
  2. Selling Sunset
  3. Love Is Blind
  4. The Great British Bake Off (The Great British Baking Show)
  5. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  6. The Masked Singer
  7. Top Gear
  8. Survivor
  9. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  10. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

IMDb: Ana de Armas (‘Knives Out’), Anya Chalotra (‘The Witcher’) Top Stars in 2020

Amazon-owned IMDb Dec. 1 unveiled the Top 10 Stars and Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020. Topping the lists, respectively, Knives Out star and Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas and Anya Chalotra from Netflix’s “The Witcher.”

Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings, reviews of professional critics, or box office performance, IMDb determines its Top 10 lists using data from proprietary data, which is based on the actual page views of more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

“Our lists … highlight the actors and actresses our fans and professional customers were most excited and curious about this year,”  Matt Kumin, head of IMDbPro, said in a statement.

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Chalotra received an IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter Award for her standout performance as Yennefer in “The Witcher,” which ranks as one of the most popular TV Shows on IMDb this year. Chalotra has been a strong performer this year on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, spending four consecutive weeks in the No. 1 spot and an additional four weeks in the Top 10. IMDbPro STARmeter rankings are determined by page views of more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide. IMDb STARmeter Awards have proven to be a keenly accurate predictor of stars who are about to have a breakthrough career moment.

Previous IMDb STARmeter Award recipients in the “Breakout” category include Nicholas BraunOlivia CookeJacob ElordiPom KlementieffBrie LarsonDacre Montgomery and Miles Teller.

Cuban-born Ana de Armas, who appears with Knives Out co-star Daniel Craig in the next James Bond installment, No Time To Die, cut her teeth in Hollywood in 2015 erotic thriller Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves.

IMDb Top 10 Stars of 2020

  1. Ana de Armas
  2. Julia Garner
  3. Anya Chalotra
  4. Millie Bobby Brown
  5. Erin Moriarty
  6. Margot Robbie
  7. Aidan Gallagher
  8. Anya Taylor-Joy
  9. Linda Cardellini
  10. Henry Cavill

 

IMDb Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020

  1. Anya Chalotra
  2. Aidan Gallagher
  3. Maria Bakalova
  4. Lauren Lapkus
  5. Victoria Pedretti
  6. Jurnee Smollett
  7. Alba Baptista
  8. Golshifteh Farahani
  9. Freya Allan
  10. Diana Silvers

 

IMDb: ‘The Last Dance,’ ‘Last Week Tonight’ Top Most-Popular TV Shows Thus Far in 2020

IMDb.com, the online industry tracker owned by Amazon, Sept. 1 announced the Top 10 television shows thus far in 2020, according to its user ratings through Aug. 23.

Among the TV shows airing or streaming from Jan. 1, these 10 shows had the highest IMDb user ratings. IMDb ratings are determined by users who rank movies and TV shows on a 10-point scale. Content sources include ESPN, HBO, Netflix, Discovery, Amazon Prime Video, among others.

  1. The Last Dance
  2. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  3. The Outsider
  4. How the Universe Works
  5. Dark
  6. Westworld
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  9. Normal People
  10. Top Gear

Among the TV English-language shows airing or streaming their premiere season from Jan. 1, the following 10 new shows had the highest IMDb user ratings:

  1. The Last Dance
  2. The Outsider
  3. Normal People
  4. Gangs of London
  5. Dave
  6. The Midnight Gospel
  7. Star Trek: Picard
  8. Defending Jacob
  9. Unorthodox
  10. The New Pope

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IMDb recently launched a new What to Watch page, designed to make it easier for users to decide what to watch. From the Watch Guide, users can discover trending movies and TV shows from around the world, explore streaming picks, celebrity recommendations and watch the latest videos and trailers.

Daisey Edgar-Jones

Additionally, British actress Daisy Edgar-Jones received an IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter Award for her performance as Marianne in “Normal People,” which ranks as the No. 3 new show of the year so far and No. 9 overall based on IMDb user ratings. Edgar-Jones has been a strong performer this year on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the page views of the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide.

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IMDb STARmeter Awards have proven to be an accurate predictor of stars who are about to have a breakthrough career moment. Previous IMDb STARmeter Award recipients in the “Breakout” category, include Nicholas BraunOlivia CookeJacob ElordiPom KlementieffBrie LarsonDacre Montgomery, and Miles Teller.