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When will my update be added?

When submitting an update to IMDb, the information won't be visible in real time, instead it must first be reviewed by a member of the data editing team.  

With that in mind, it's important to remember that:

  • Depending on the data type, approved contributions should appear on IMDb within 1 - 7  days.
  • Contributions are not processed strictly in the order they are received; we optimize processing for overall efficiency and accuracy. This means even items within the same submission for the same data section may go live at different times. 
  • IMDb reserves the right to reject or delete information at any time at its sole discretion.

For specific information about our processing schedule and possible delays, please refer to the Data Processing Times page. 

Tracking the status of your submission

We include the feature to view the status of your contribution for certain data types using your contribution history - this will let you know if the the request is pending, approved or rejected. If rejected, it will also explain why.  

At this time, all data types can be tracked excluding the following:

  • Awards
  • Company
  • Title Corrections
  • Title merges

Submissions that have been rejected

Below are some examples of why a credit submission may be rejected by a member of the editing team:

  • The credit was submitted to the wrong filmography: For example we list only acting roles in the cast section of a title: other types of performance need to be added under the proper data section. For example: voice-overs, looping, ADR work, stand-ins, photo doubles and puppeteers generally belong to the other crew section; stunt performers and doubles belong to the stunts section; etc. Also, we list only the main editor in the editor section of a movie: other types of editor jobs (such as sound editor or dubbing editors) need to be added under the proper data section (like the sound department). 

  • We could not verify the presence of the credit in the title. This typically happens when we receive credits for a title which is still in production or unreleased or hard to obtain. If the credit you submitted belongs to you, we'll be glad to add it if you can help us verify that it meets our Eligibility Requirements. Any evidence of your work on the title will help, such as a copy of your contract or payment stubs, or press/magazine reviews mentioning your role/name. Please see this guide for details on how to provide additional verification. 
  • You submitted new credits for a title whose cast or crew are marked complete. Please remember that we list credits as they appear on screen. If the cast or crew member did not receive a screen credit, you need to specify it by including the attribute (uncredited) in your submission. Additionally, unless the uncredited appearance is easily verifiable by watching the title (i.e. a cameo by a high-profile recognizable actor), we may need further information to verify it. 

  • You didn't provide enough information for us to verify the credit: simply submitting a name and credit may not be enough. Whenever possible, please try to add as much information as possible about the credit, such as the name of the character portrayed by the actor, its billing order in the cast; a crew credit on a TV series may be rejected unless you specify the title of the episodes, or at least the years or seasons, in which that person worked, etc. 

  • You are trying to remove factual information. For more details please see this guide

  • Your submission may have been deemed to be incorrect by our staff. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes people think they've recognized a familiar actor in a movie, or maybe have heard rumors about the cast or crew of an upcoming title that later turn out to be incorrect.

If you feel your rejected submission should have been accepted (and you have verified that it is not already listed in IMDb), you are welcome to resubmit it from your contribution history. Please make sure you include a comment, where possible, to provide the additional information that may help us verify it (as described above).

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