Col Needham is the founder and managing director of The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). IMDb is located at http://www.imdb.com/ and is one of the most popular online entertainment destinations, with over 57 million unique visitors each month. IMDb offers a searchable database of over 1 million films, TV and entertainment programs and over 2.5 million cast and crew members. Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and film with IMDb initially growing from a personal database of film information which he created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Col published the first version of IMDb online in October 1990 and co-ordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort from 1990-1996. IMDb incorporated in January 1996 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world. Col is married with two children.
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