Longterm question: Who enters most of the data on site?

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As a fairly casual occasional amateur contributor, I’ve always wondered about how data on site gets added en masse day-in and day-out, and who adds most of it? So I thought I'd finally ask... 

1. How are new releases and ones in production submitted to the site to be so up to date? Are there staff paid at production companies/studios/broadcasters or somewhere else entering it all, or is it mostly just committed amateur enthusiasts? 

Given the level of detail, it takes a heck of long time to enter, check-through, and add additional facts later as they occur. So I can't believe it’s just (even the most committed of) amateurs doing all this in their spare time. The shear daily/weekly volume itself is immense when you consider the amount of content being made around the world (literally thousands of titles/names every week!), hence even a team of amateurs would surely be overwhelmed...? 
Sure, I get there are paid staffers at IMDb that check the actual contributions, but the actual initial data-entry itself: who does the bulk of it? 


2. re. awards & film festival screenings.
Given there is a regular set of festivals and awards that happen every year on a schedule, is there a regular person or group that tracks them each year and makes sure they’re all submitted? 

I wondered, as a couple of times I've found myself adding festival screenings to titles for quite big festivals (eg. TIFF: Toronto International Film Festival) that were completely missing from site. 


3. Is there anywhere on site that mentions anything about how data is added (outside of the obvious 'how to’ Help section)? I'm sure a lot of general users would love to know how data appears and is maintained, outside of the (very committed) amateurs that may do so. 


Thanks! :-) 

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Contributor Hall of Fame
https://contribute.imdb.com/czone/hall_of_fame
Top Plot Summary Writers
Top Mini-Bio Writers
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Does Not have Top Titles and Top Names etc... Contributors ? ?
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Thanks, but that’s not really the answer to my questions, but just a link to top contributors. 

My questions are asking for significantly more detail. 
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Longterm question: Who enters most of the data on site?

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Longterm question: Who enters most of the data on site?
Yeah I don't mean individual users, I mean in the greater scheme of things; is it done by professionals working in organisations, or is it mostly done by amateurs. 

(given the thousands of titles broadcast daily, etc...)
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Date                        |Title pgs      |People pgs |Users               | GetSat Members
Mon Aug  5 2019  |10,756,100 |10,880,000 |106,281,000 | 75,675
Mon Aug 12 2019 |10,794,200 |10,907,000 |106,567,000 | 75,875
Mon Aug 19 2019 |10,832,000 |10,925,000 |106,845,000 | 76,100
Mon Aug 26 2019 |10,874,000 |10,942,100 |107,081,000 | 76,335
Mon Sep 02 2019 |10,916,000 |10,962,000 |107,294,000 | 76,750
Mon Sep 09 2019 |10,940,000 |10,977,000 |107,533,000 | 77,000
Mon Sep 16 2019 |10,969,500 |10,992,700 |107,764,500 | 77,225
Mon Sep 23 2019 |11,000,000 |11,000,000 |108,030,000 | 77,435

Sun Sep 29
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11004500/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11004549/  (No pages of Odd Numbers for Titles ?)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11020000/
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur108220000
GetSat Members: 77,616
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IMDb Statistics
https://www.imdb.com/pressroom/stats/
As of May 2019
Total Data Items: 336,394,426
Titles:   5,980,614
Names: 9,880,784
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Yeah that’s stats, not an actual written (with a bot of detail) answer to a question. ::roll eyes::
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typo: "with a bot of detail" –> "with a bit of detail"
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As you can see from the Contributor Hall of Fame
IMDb does not publish names of those that add Titles and Names
Not easy to tell if these were added by Pros or just viewers


My Stats above was a reply to your
(given the thousands of titles broadcast daily, etc...)
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Are you perhaps seeking a breakdown of new title additions according to these sources?

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No. My original questions are really quite clear.

It’s about how the site is run. Not about showing me stats that explain nothing, nor a problem I have. Jeez is everyone being deliberate obtuse or what, to genuine questions. 
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Your first question
1. How are new releases and ones in production submitted to the site to be so up to date? Are there staff paid at production companies/studios/broadcasters or somewhere else entering it all, or is it mostly just committed amateur enthusiasts?
I'm sure can be answered Yes.

What information would that convey? It would be Yes to some number of titles. Other titles are entered by amateurs. I don't understand what sort of explanation you expect they will compose for you.

You then added "who does the bulk of it?", which implies a statistical component.

Here's what's on the Help site:
Where does the information on IMDb come from? The information in IMDb comes from various sources. While we actively gather information from and verify items with studios and filmmakers, the bulk of our information is submitted by people in the industry and visitors like you. In addition to using as many sources as we can, our data goes through consistency checks to ensure it's as accurate and reliable as possible. However, there's absolutely no substitute for an international team of entertainment fans with an encyclopedic knowledge of trivia and a large assortment of reference works (and we include in this group many of our loyal contributors). Our sources of information include, but are not limited to, on-screen credits, press kits, official bios, autobiographies, and interviews. Given the sheer volume and the nature of the information we list, occasional mistakes are inevitable and, when spotted/reported, they are promptly verified and fixed. That's why we welcome corrections and submissions. Our service is provided for the information of users only. Accordingly, IMDb shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss or damage, including but not limited to loss of profits, goodwill or indirect or consequential loss arising out of any use of or inaccuracies in the information. All warranties express or implied are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law. Please see our terms of use/copyright information for further details.
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Well that’s a start, thanks. 

What I’m trying to understand or get a gauge on, out of shear curiosity into the data entry & compiling on site, is how new release content generally appears on site. 

For example, is it known by IMDb that major Hollywood studio staff now add most major new movies themselves ("in production"/forthcoming/expected/released), or is it still done by amateur enthusiasts? 

Is this the same for independents, or perhaps is it instead the movie’s distributors that are known to generally be the ones adding their titles? 

What about Bollywood/Nollywood too, for movies...? 

All the above perhaps realising IMDb to be the major place paying punters will come to for info (i.e. PR) on their new release (and perhaps the future longterm posterity value of their releases being on site). 


Perhaps more interestingly (given there is vastly more TV content made around the world daily), who typically adds all TV data; paid pro’s at certain companies, or is it still mostly done by amateur enthusiasts? 

Are there even paid staff adding their own archive material info to the site, perhaps? 
(e.g. the BBC has a /programmes team that track their in-house database of programmes; are they also adding data to IMDb’s site, or are other TV companies around the world?) 


Furthermore, are awards and film festival screenings being added by their representatives, or is this handled either by amateur contributors or IMDb staffers directly (I've seen/filled a couple of holes in missing screenings recently, hence me wondering which festivals/awards are covered, if so). 


It’s all just interesting to know, as again, the shear amount of content produced daily makes me imagine that at least a good portion of it is likely to come from staff within the organisations that produce or manage the content in the first place. 

Thanks. 
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Hi jimthing,

Unfortunately all we can say about this is covered by the help page included above.

Thanks,
Will
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So it’s kind of a company trade secret. I see. 

Oh well, shame it can't be more open, but there we are. :-/ 
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