IMDb’s coverage of Comic-Con includes celebrity video interviews, a live streaming video broadcast, a new “Fan IQ” trivia game, and The IMDb Yacht Party
Anchor Bay, TCL, and Universal Pictures are on board as sponsors
SAN DIEGO, CA - July 18, 2016 - IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, today announced that writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith will host original celebrity video interviews and convention coverage aboard The IMDb Yacht throughout San Diego Comic-Con® International 2016. IMDb’s Comic-Con 2016 special section, launching today, features preview coverage, a welcome video message from Kevin Smith, and a new “Fan IQ” trivia game, sponsored by TCL®.
To follow IMDb’s exclusive Comic-Con coverage, visit http://www.imdb.com/comic-con, follow #IMDboat on Twitter or visit IMDb’s official Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/imdb) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/imdb/) accounts. Coverage will be accessible by IMDb’s more than 250 million unique monthly visitors worldwide via IMDb’s website, mobile apps and social media accounts.
“We are delighted that Kevin Smith will be conducting three days of coverage and original celebrity interviews in the video studio aboard The IMDb Yacht at Comic-Con and that leading brands are joining our maiden voyage to create truly unique experiences for fans, celebrities and other industry VIPs,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO. “Our goal is to give our hundreds of millions of users all over the world a virtual front row seat at Comic-Con while providing an oasis for celebrities and VIPs at the world’s biggest celebration of fandom.”
“I hit IMDb every day,” said Kevin Smith. “It’s my homepage. The amount of entertainment trivia I know thanks to falling down rabbit holes while looking up information on IMDb is finally going to be put to good use at Comic-Con. I can't wait to talk to the creators, makers and casts of the movies and TV shows that are bringing the buzz to Comic-Con this year! I'll be the sweaty guy on The IMDb Yacht singing ‘I'm on a boat!’”
The IMDb Yacht, which is accessible by invitation only, will serve as a gateway to distinguished entertainment brands by creating a must stop destination for talent and industry VIPs. The three-deck, 158-foot long boat will be docked at Fifth Avenue Landing, immediately behind The San Diego Convention Center. It opens to invited guests only on Thursday, July 21.
Timeline of events aboard The IMDb Yacht:
- On July 21-23, IMDb and Kevin Smith will produce original video coverage on the open-air top deck, including interviews with celebrity guests from “The Walking Dead,” “Vikings,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Snowden,” Tested.com, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
- The first deck will include the TCL® Refresh and Recharge lounge featuring 4k TVs from TCL®, the Anchor Bay screening lounge, a photo station featuring Anchor Bay shows in collaboration with Amazon’s Geek Boutique, and an exhibition of hand-made prop replicas from Adam Savage’s Tested.com. Select fans will be invited to enjoy the IMDb Yacht on Friday, July 22.
- The IMDb Yacht Party, Presented by TCL®, will take place on Friday evening, July 22. This is an invitation only event.
- On Saturday, July 23, at 3:00 pm Pacific time, Kevin Smith will host “IMDb Live at Comic-Con,” a live-streaming show broadcast via Twitch.tv and sponsored by Universal Pictures’ upcoming movie “Jason Bourne,” in which Matt Damon returns to his iconic role. The show will feature Kevin Smith’s wrap-up analysis of the convention along with conversations with special celebrity guests from “Orphan Black,” “The Flash,” “Con Man,” “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” and more.
In celebration of Comic-Con, IMDb has launched “Fan IQ Quiz,” a new interactive trivia game that challenges fans to answer questions about the shows, movies, quotes, and actors most relevant to Comic-Con, and to share their “Fan IQ” score via social platforms, inviting friends and foes to compete. “Fan IQ Quiz,” which is sponsored by TCL®, is available now on IMDb’s website, mobile apps, and at http://www.imdb.com/comic-con beginning today.
TCLis one of the fastest growing consumer electronics and TV brands in North America. Founded in 1981, TCL (The Creative Life) established itself as a worldwide leader before recently launching in the U.S. TCL’s manufacturing expertise, vertically integrated supply chain, and state-of-the-art panel factory, allows them to make high quality products with stylish design and the latest technology at a great value.
About Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith first came to attention as the writer/director of a film called “Clerks.” It's been all downhill ever since.
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About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading independent home entertainment company that acquires and releases a wide array of filmed entertainment in the theatrical and home entertainment markets, including STARZ Original series, children's entertainment, fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports and specialty films on Blu-ray™ and DVD formats. The company has long-term distribution agreements in place for select programming with The Weinstein Company, AMC Networks and RADiUS, among others. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a full service distributor in the North American market. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.
TCL is one of the fastest growing consumer electronics and TV brands in North America. Already one of the world's best-selling TV brands, TCL (The Creative Life) was founded more than 30 years ago and prides itself on delivering high quality products featuring stylish design and the latest technology. With extensive manufacturing expertise, a vertically integrated supply chain, and state-of-the-art panel factory, TCL offers innovative televisions, including the award-winning TCL® Roku® TV.
About Univeral Pictures' Jason Bourne
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass & Christopher Rouse. www.jasonbournemovie.com
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