Adding data

Adding information (we call it 'data') to IMDb is a very simple process, just follow the instructions below and you'll be updating the site in no time.

Key Points
What Can I Add?
Adding Data: Step 1 | Step 2 | Step 3 | Step 4 | Step 5 | Step 6 | Step 7 | Step 8 | Step 9
Adding new titles
Tracking your contribution

Key Points

  • Any registered user can add data to the site. That means you!
  • You can add new data that we don't already have; correct/update existing data and delete inaccurate information.
  • Once you've submitted your data, it goes through to our Data Managers for processing.
  • There are no maximum or minimum limits for additions and corrections - it's up to you, and we are delighted to accept large and small submissions.
  • What Can I Add?

    There are dozens of data sections available for you to update:

    List of IMDb Data Sections

    As you can see, you'll be spoilt for choice when deciding what data to add to the site!


    New Names
    Name Corrections
    Name Splits
    Alternative Names

    Biographical Information

    Birth Name
    Date of Birth
    Date of Death
    Books About This Person
    Biographical Movies
    Portrayed in Other Movies
    Other work
    Real Life Quotes
    Where Are They Now?
    Marriage Details
    Press Interviews
    Articles in the Media
    Magazine Pictorials
    Magazine Cover Photo
    Links to Other Sites
    Official Sites
    Image / Photos
    Sound Clips
    Video Clips
    Other Data

    Cast + Crew

    Actor/Actress Credits
    Animation Department
    Art Department
    Art Directors
    Assistant Directors
    Camera and Electrical Department
    Casting Department
    Casting Directors
    Costume Department
    Costume Designers
    Editorial Department
    Makeup Department
    Music Department
    Production Designers
    Production Managers
    Set Decorators
    Sound Department
    Special Effects
    Transportation Department
    Visual Effects

    Company Credits

    Production Companies
    Sales Representatives / ISA
    Special Effects Companies
    Miscellaneous Companies

    Basic Title Data

    Certificate (ratings)
    Color / Black & White
    Country of Origin
    Release Dates
    Running Times
    Sound Mix

    Plot Information

    Plot Outlines
    Plot Summaries
    Plot Synopses
    Parental Guides

    Fun Stuff

    Crazy Credits
    Alternate Versions
    Movie Connections
    Movie FAQs

    Links to Other Sites

    Miscellaneous Link
    Official Sites
    Image / Photos
    Sound clips
    Video clips
    External Reviews

    Box Office + Business

    Opening Weekend
    Weekend Gross
    Theatrical Rentals
    Production Dates
    Filming Dates
    Copyright Holder

    Technical Info

    Film Length
    Film Negative Format
    Printed Film Format
    Aspect Ratio
    Cinematographic Process

    Other Data

    Alternate Titles
    Title Attributes
    Filming Locations
    Production Status
    Title Correction
    Cast / Crew Verification

    How to submit data

    Step 1

    Become a Registered User

    Step 2

    Find the Name Page or Title Page you want to update or correct. (Use the search box at the top of every page)

    Step 3

    Once you're on the relevant NAME or TITLE page, scroll and find the 'Edit Page' button. 

    Step 4

    Click "Edit Page". This will take you to a list of the data sections available to update or correct.

    Step 5

    Scan the list and find the section/s you wish to update or correct. NOTE: You can select as many sections here as you like.

    Step 6

    Now, it's time to read the relevant data submission guide, which will outline the relevant policy/formatting rules you'll need to follow when adding data. For example, if you want to add a plot summary, you would read the Plot Summaries submission guide before proceeding. Then:

    Step 7

    • If you're ADDING new data, select the number of credits you wish to add from the drop-down, then click "Continue" 
    • If you're CORRECTING or DELETING existing data, select 'Correct/Delete' from the drop down, then click "Continue" Step 8

    In both cases outlined in step 7 above, you will then arrive on the Editing Page, which will contain boxes for you to fill out.

    • If you're ADDING Cast Members, you'll have a NAME and CHARACTER box to fill out.  Simply enter the data (in this case, the name of the actor, and the character played), and click "Check these updates
    • If you're CORRECTING existing data, you will find a drop-down list on the left side of the page with three options: KEEP, CORRECT and DELETE 
    • If you're DELETING data, you'll arrive on the delete page, where you will need to enter a reason why the credit is being deleted, after which you click CHECK THESE UPDATES
    • If you're CORRECTING data you'll have boxes to fill out for the relevant corrections, after which you click CHECK THESE UPDATES 

    Step 9

    Whether you're adding or correcting, after clicking CHECK THESE UPDATES (if you've done everything right), the box with the data you've submitted will turn GREEN, and you'll be ready to submit your data. Simply click Submit These Updates 

    NOTE: If you've made any formatting/policy errors, you will receive a warning message outlining what you need to fix. Just acknowledge these messages, make the relevant changes, and click "Re-Check these updates".

    That's it! You'll receive an email notification of the data you've submitted, and it will then go through to our Data Managers for processing. You can see our current processing times here

    IMPORTANT: Titles

    New Titles are submitted through a slightly different (but still straightforward) interface. You can find guides for these below:

    Adding New Titles

    Tracking your contribution

    You can now track the status of some of your submissions and if they have not been approved, we'll tell you the reason why.

    If you are using the mobile apps, mobile website or desktop website you can access this feature via the 'Track your contribution' button, which has been added to the submission email receipt. Additionally, if you are using the desktop website, you can also use the 'Track Contribution' button now found in your contribution history page.

    Clicking this button will take you to IMDb Contributor, our new contribution specific site where you will be shown the status of your request.

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