SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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®.
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“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.