As many of you may already know IMDb will be heading back to San Diego Comic-Con this month with exclusive interviews and coverage from their IMDboat with Kevin Smith back to hosting duties for the second year. There will also be a star-studded live show (IMDb LIVE At San Diego Comic-Con, Presented by XFINITY) that will be broadcast on IMDb, Twitch and Twitter; and the second-annual IMDboat Party.The second-annual IMDboat Party, Presented by XFINITY will take place on Friday, July 21, from 7:30 PM to 11 PM. Special guests include: Kevin Smith; notable celebrities; industry influencers; IMDb, Amazon Studios, XFINITY, Activision, LEGO® Star Wars™, STXfilms, Twitch and SModCo executives. The IMDboat is by invitation only and sadly will not be accessible to fans.
However from Thursday through Saturday (July 20-22) from 2 PM to 4 PM, select fans will have the opportunity to come aboard The IMDboat to relax and unwind in The IMDb Fan Lounge as space allows. The IMDb Fan Lounge will offer fans early (beta) access to play the new Call of Duty WWII before it hits stores and other special experiences. To be eligible for entry, fans can show a social post on one of their social media accounts featuring the #IMDboat hashtag at the check-in. There will be no selection process (this is not a sweepstake). Fans can come to the check in table at the boardwalk and show their social post with the requested hash tag #IMDBoat to the check in staff. They will be given a wristband and will be able to enjoy IMDboat activations on the main deck on a first come, first served basis (based on the capacity of the boat). Hundreds of fans will be granted access throughout the weekend.
For more information keep any eye out for the IMDb street teams as they distribute swag bags and interact with fans. To celebrate the July 1, 2017 launch of IMDb Ticketing, Powered by Atom Tickets, IMDb street teams will be in heavy circulation in San Diego giving away swag bags to fans. In addition to other fan favorite items, the swag bags will contain Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets-themed special offer cards (including a buy one ticket get one ticket free offer or a $5 off ticket purchase discount which fans can redeem when they purchase tickets to Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets on IMDb’s website or mobile apps).
Additionally, affiliate restaurants in downtown San Diego will also be distributing IMDb trivia coasters. Fans who post the correct answers to the questions featured on the IMDb trivia coasters to one of their social media accounts (along with the #IMDboat hashtag) will also be eligible for entry. Space is limited and during this time frame, fans will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.
The IMDboat is expanding their coverage this year, new this year will be the addition of a massive LED screen located on the back of IMDboat so that fans on the street can watch live as Kevin Smith interviews leading celebrities.
IMDboat, which is accessible by invitation only, will serve as a gateway to top entertainment brands and properties including Comcast’s XFINITY, Activision’s Call of Duty WWII, STX’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and LEGO® Star Wars™ by creating a must stop destination for talent, industry VIPs and fans. The boat will be docked at Fifth Avenue Landing, immediately behind the San Diego Convention Center, and opens to invited guests on Thursday, July 20.
Events on and around the IMDboat at Comic-Con include:
From Thursday through Saturday (July 20-22), IMDb will produce original video coverage on the open-air top deck, including Kevin Smith’s interviews with Stan Lee and the casts of Arrow, Doctor Who, The Flash, Vikings, The Walking Dead and more.
On Thursday (July 20) from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in room 6A in the San Diego Convention Center, Kevin Smith will moderate IMDb’s first-ever Comic-Con panel, “Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Movie Trivia Mayhem Panel, Presented by comiXology and IMDb.” Kevin will be joined by a panel of pop culture expert contestants (including: Fatman on Batman’s Marc Bernardin; Julie and Shawna Benson, writers of The CW’s The 100; and DC Comics’ Batgirl and the Birds of Prey) who will play a competitive round of comic book movie trivia. Col Needham, IMDb founder and CEO, and comiXology CEO David Steinberger will judge the panel, awarding points based on the creativity of the answers.
On Saturday, July 22, beginning at 3:30 PM Pacific time, Kevin Smith will host IMDb LIVE At San Diego Comic-Con, Presented by XFINITY, a 90-minute live-streaming show broadcast on IMDb, Twitch and Twitter. The show will feature Kevin Smith’s wrap-up analysis of the convention along with conversations with special celebrity guests.
UPDATE 14/7/17: Kevin Smith is gearing up to be the captain of ceremonies for the second year in a row on The IMDboat (#IMDboat) at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. He recently got together with two old friends, Jay and Silent Bob, to introduce the highly anticipated movies and TV shows IMDb will be covering at San Diego Comic-Con next week. Jay and Silent Bob haven’t appeared in a movie together since 2006’s Clerks II, but in this exclusive IMDb original video, the two to share the screen for the first time in more than a decade!
To follow IMDb’s exclusive Comic-Con coverage throughout the convention, which includes breaking news, expert analysis, original celebrity interviews, trending information, a 90-minute live show, field pieces shot around the convention (featuring fans, cosplay and top stories of the day), daily Comic-Con recaps, and more, 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 (including Snapchat and You Tube).
To watch video highlights of IMDb’s original celebrity interviews aboard the The IMDboat at Comic-Con 2016, go to: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5831312/videoplayer/vi2319562521.
More news will be available soon so keep your eyes peeled.