Col Needham

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Col Needham
Born Colin Needham
(1967-01-26) 26 January 1967 (age 51)
Denton, Lancashire, England
Residence Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire, England
Occupation Founder, CEO, and general manager of IMDb
Karen Needham (m. 1989)
Children 2

Colin Needham (born 26 January 1967)[1] is an English entrepreneur who is best known as the founder and CEO of IMDb.[2] He has served as general manager of IMDb since its acquisition by Amazon in 1998.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Needham was born in Denton, Greater Manchester,[1] and grew up on Stockport Road. He attended Audenshaw School and Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form College. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science in 1988.[5]


IMDb was started in 1990 while Needham was working as an engineer in Bristol at Hewlett-Packard (HP).[1] 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.

By the summer of 1996, thanks to IMDb's first film-related advertising campaign (for Independence Day), Needham had quit HP to work on IMDb full-time as a paid employee.[6][7] In 1999, he collected two Webby Awards for IMDb.[8] In February 2017, Needham decided to remove the message boards from IMDb, stating that the message boards "are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide".[9]

Personal life[edit]

Needham married Karen in 1989. They have twin daughters and live in Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire. He is also a notable fan of early 20th-century classical Russian composers, particularly Dmitri Shostakovich.[1][10]


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