The new feature, powered by IMDb data, allows the TikTok community to link movie and TV show titles within their TikTok videos and showcase their favorite titles directly on their profiles
IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source
for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities, and TikTok (www.tiktok.com), the leading
destination for short-form mobile video, today announced a new collaboration to help the TikTok
community share and discover movie and TV content and information.
Powered by IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie and TV content, TikTok
has launched a new feature that allows users to link to movie and TV titles directly within the videos
they create. The link directs people to a dedicated in-app page that showcases a collection of other
videos that linked to the same title and highlights essential data about the movie or TV show, provided
by IMDb, including top cast members, director, genre, release date, runtime, and user rating. Users can
also add movies and TV shows to the favorites tab of their profiles, allowing followers to access the
titles’ information from IMDb. People can link up to five movies and/or TV show titles in a single video.
At this time, the feature is available to users in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
“We’re excited to welcome TikTok as the latest major company to rely on IMDb data to power new
experiences for their customers,” said Nikki Santoro, chief operating officer of IMDb. “This innovative
collaboration enables TikTok creators to showcase and share the movies and shows they love, further
extending the IMDb mission to help customers discover and decide what to watch and listen to,
wherever they are.”
“TikTok’s global community of movie and TV enthusiasts is incredibly active and passionate, with more
than 25 billion combined views for the hashtags #FilmTok, #MovieTok, and #TVTok,” said Grace Li,
director of strategic partnerships at TikTok and ByteDance. “As we continue to find new ways to enrich
the TikTok experience, this new feature, developed in collaboration with IMDb, gives our community
more opportunities to discover, create, and share the content they love.”
Before publishing a video on TikTok, users will see an option to “add link.” They can then search “movie
and TV” and look up any of the more than 12 million titles available on IMDb. Once they have selected
their desired title(s), they can “add to video” to return to the post page. Once they “post” their video,
the selected title(s) will be featured above the caption in the video. Clicking the displayed link will direct
them to a page with more information about the linked title along with other videos that have tagged
the same title.
TikTok’s licensing of IMDb data and information is fulfilled through AWS Data Exchange, a service that
makes it easy for millions of Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers to securely find, subscribe to, and
use third-party data in the cloud. Essential metadata for every movie, TV, and over-the-top (OTT) series
and video game title is available for licensing through IMDb via AWS Data Exchange. Major businesses
worldwide rely on the vast and authoritative IMDb database to improve their own customers’
experience, power investment decisions, shape sentiment analysis, inform content acquisition
strategies, and much more. Learn more at developer.imdb.com.