26 January 1967
Manchester, England, UK
|Known for||Founder and CEO of Internet Movie Database|
Colin Needham (born 26 January 1967, Manchester, England, United Kingdom) is the founder and CEO of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and has served as general manager of IMDb since its acquisition by Amazon.com in 1998.
IMDb was started in 1990 while Needham was working as an engineer in Bristol at Hewlett-Packard (HP). The site evolved from what was initially his personal movie database, which became an internet bulletin board made from simple records, kept on a succession of early computers, and contributed to by several persons, all of whom Needham outlasted.
Needham continued adding information to this early IMDb by including every film he had seen since the age of 13, and with the help of the many volunteers, IMDb grew large.
Born in 1967 in Denton, Tameside, Greater Manchester, Needham grew up on Stockport Road and attended Audenshaw School. He later went on to Hyde sixth form now Hyde Clarendon. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc Computer Science in 1988.
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