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: Year of invention
We do not accept titles types with a year before the type was invented.
The earliest year for which titles are eligible are:
- Movies: 1888
- Music Videos: 1894
- TV: 1927
- Audio Books: 1932
- Video Games: 1958
- VHS: 1976
- Streaming: 1993
- DVD: 1996
- Podcasts: 2004
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.
title name | choose type | populate
form | checking errors | tracking
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.