This article provides an overview of all the important information necessary to add a new title to the database.
Title pages on IMDb make up the framework which almost all other information hangs off, such as cast & crew, release dates, trivia, user reviews, and much more.
When adding a new title to IMDb, there are a few things to keep in mind, such as eligibility, formatting, and verification.
This article provides overall information about the process.
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Checking eligibility: Type of title
Checking eligibility: Public interest
Proving the title exists
Title name formatting
To make sure titles have a consistent presentation across the database, there are specific rules around
formatting, localization & capitalization – for example:
- The name should reflect the original title of the production shown in its
original language, and as appears on-screen in the opening credits (if
released) or how it will appear when released (including festival releases).
- The character set used for all primary titles is ISO-LATIN-1, titles using other character
sets (e.g., ISO-LATIN-2, Chinese pictograms, Cyrillic letters, etc.) should be transliterated to
- English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Indian languages should capitalize letters at the start of words, with a
few exceptions, such as – a / an / and / as
/ at / by / for / from /
in / of / on / or / the
/ to / with
For a full list of all of our title name formatting rules, such as capitalization for other languages,
possessives, subtitles & more – head on over to our Title Formatting article .
In-Development vs. In-Production / Released
Users with a free IMDb account can submit titles in any production status besides In-Development, this is
reserved for users with an IMDbPro membership.
If you don't have an IMDbPro membership, don't worry about accidentally submitting a title which may be rejected – the option to submit in-Development will not appear in the available list on the submission form for you.
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Ready to begin?
To help you with submitting your request, take a look at the sections below.
Adding your title name
Make sure to follow the formatting rules for title names, mentioned further up this
Selecting the title type
Because at IMDb we accept all sorts of titles, you'll need to choose the correct type based on the title you're adding. If you're adding a Movie, TV Series, or Video game this should be simple, but for other types such as:
- Anthology series
- Web series
- Sporting events
- and more
Visit our Title
Formatting article for more information as it explains how these should be formatted for
If you're adding new episodes to an existing series on IMDb, you can add these from the bottom
of the series parent page -- this is explained in our article “How
can I add a new episode to an episodic series?”
Once you're ready, click Check these updates to continue.
Choose if the title already lists in the database
We have millions of titles in the database, and many more are added daily -- it may well be that the title you're adding has already been submitted, you should review the list of suggestions for matching cast.
If you find a match, then you don't need to add your new title and can instead use the Edit page button at the bottom of the existing page to update any information.
If you don't find a match, tick the box at the bottom of the form instead to create a new page on IMDb.
Populating core information
In the next section you can add all the information associated with the title -- this includes things like cast &
crew, release dates, budgets, genres, etc. You don't have to include something in every section; however, there is a minimum requirement before you can submit the new title for review.
As a minimum, you should add:
- 2 x items of basic identifying information (e.g., genre, director, language, country
- 1 x item of production information (e.g., budget, official sites, distributors)
- 3 x items of major credits (e.g., cast, writers, producers, editors, etc.)
On top of the above, it's mandatory to include a miscellaneous link which provides eligible verification that the title exists.
If you don't add the required amount of information, you'll be unable to proceed with the submission.
Checking & correcting your input
Once everything is populated on the form, scroll to the bottom of the page and hit for the system to perform check of the information.
Scroll through and look for any red or yellow sections – these will highlight information
that didn't pass the check and may need acknowledging or tweaking.
In the example above, you would simply need to choose the currency from the drop-down above.
You may need to run through this process more than once, clicking Re-check these updates after each pass.
Once you've handled any problems on the page, click and your title should turn green.
You should now be able to click Submit, and your request will be submitted for review.
Tracking your submission process
After submitting your request, it should take between 12 - 48 hours to appear on the
You can track your request from your contribution history to find its
current status and estimated completion time.
Frequently asked questions
Below are the most common questions we hear from users when trying to add a new title to the database – if your
question isn't answered here, you can always ask a member of our friendly community over at Sprinklr.
I can't submit the form, the option isn't there – I'm
If you've clicked re-check these updates and the option to submit
your title isn't shown at the bottom of the page, it means there are some errors and/or
warnings in your submission that will need your attention.
Scroll through the page and look for any yellow or red sections, once found have a read
of the error message and take the appropriate action. This is explained further up the page.
Also, make sure you've included the minimum amount of information:
- 2 x items of basic identifying information (e.g.
genre, director, language, country of origin)
- 1 x item of production information (e.g. budget,
official sites, distributors)
- 3 x items of major credits (e.g. cast, writers,
producers, editors, etc)
Along with the mandory information:
- Miscellaneous link to verify the titles in development
If you don't have the minimum information available, you'll need to acknowledge this by ticking the box in the form and include a comment to explain why.
New title submissions which don't include the minimum amount of information may not be approved.
When will my update be added?
The new title you submit will need to first be reviewed by a member of the editing
to ensure it's accurate and eligible - for the most part this takes between
hours, however may take longer.
If you'd like to know its status, you can track your request from your contribution
history - alternatively, you can review the list
pending data to get an idea of when we'll get to your item.
It's been ages, but my update hasn't appeared on
IMDb, what's happened?
If you'd like to know its status, you can track your request and it should tell you if the
title has been rejected, along with a guidance of what to do next to re-submit the
request for it to be approved in the future.
Remember that your request should adhere to the policies in this article and should
include enough evidence to help our editing team verify that the title's in active
production or released.
I promise my title is eligible and will be released!
You must add it!
The number of projects that are cancelled, completed but never get a release is enormous.
To ensure we're being as factual as possible, we need to be able to verify the new title
ourselves before t can be approved.
If you provide verifiable evidence that the title fulfills our acceptance criteria in
some way, we'll be glad to list it.
We don't care if the budget is $1,000 or $100,000,000: as long as the title is submitted
with the proper information and meets our eligibility criteria we will list it.
Of course, the eligibility of high profile studio projects is easier to verify but even
those titles get cancelled/removed/rejected if our staff fails to verify their
Can I add a different cut, edition, or version to IMDb
Sometimes, a title exists and is released in more than one versions; typically this
happens when a film premieres at festivals or other limited release and then undergoes
changes before wider distribution, or when a film is re-released in an extended version
(such as a director's cut, or special edition). This is not uncommon, and we typically
document the differences between two or more versions of the same work by adding an
entry to the title's Alternative Versions section.
In some rare cases two versions of the same title may differ significantly enough to
warrant the creation of two separate title pages. When this happens, the two versions
can linked via an entry in the 'Movie Connection' section through the
appropriate "version of" connection. This is however a very rare exception that
is made only when we determine that two separate title pages are warranted. The decision
to create a separate new title page instead of an alternate version entry is
exclusively made on a case-by-case basis by our editors.
To provide some guidance, these are some of the criteria that are typically considered
when determining whether a new version of the film justifies the creation of a separate
- Storyline: Does the plot differ significantly between versions
(e.g. different endings, different story outcome for some characters), or are the
differences limited to additional scenes/content (e.g. insertion of additional
material originally left out of the first release or other minor story changes)?
- Co-existence: Are/were both versions of the same title available
for viewing at the same time, or did one version effectively replace the other upon
- Running time: Does the new version include a substantial amount of
new footage (e.g. there's a significant difference from the original running time)?
- Cast: Do the two versions feature different cast members playing
the same role (e.g. scenes were reshot with different actors after the release of
the initial version)?
- Different above the line talent: Are there notable differences in
the main creative credits (e.g. director, writer) or is the new version a re-edited
cut of the same film with only a few new cast or crew members (e.g. a different
editor or music composer)?
- Wide vs. Limited distribution: How widely was each version
distributed? Was the first version of a film seen by only a few people before being
re-cut/re-edited later for theatrical distribution or was the film was widely
released and then re-released in a different version?
- Changes caused by release timing: Was a new version of a film
created to include changes or additional footage because of events occurring during
the time elapsed that from the original release (e.g. a documentary that required
changes to include new information about events that transpired after it originally
Unless the new version of a title is significantly and verifiably different from the
original one in several of the above areas, we will not create a separate title page,
and details the new version should be submitted as an "Alternate Versions" entry for the
The title was listed and now it's gone! Why?
All titles in production/development are accepted on a provisional basis and are
If we're unable to verify that they're still eligible to be listed, we will remove them.
If you want to avoid this, make sure that the information about the title is current and
factual, and remember that we reserve the right to withdraw and modify information at
any time at our discretion.
If you feel that the title should be reinstated, you need to resubmit it and our editors
will re-examine it as a new submission.
My titles information has been mixed with someone elses
If your title's information is mixed with another persons, then it's likely you've not submitted it correctly via the new title form mentioned above in this article.
To correct this, you'll need to go back to the title page and use the Edit page button found at the bottom, you can then submit removal requests for the data you've added.
Once complete, please re-check the How to section of this article for more instructions for how to submit your new title.