Jury Biography – Keith Simanton
Keith Simanton is the Managing Editor of IMDbPro, IMDb’s subscription site for professionals, which is part of IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV, and celebrity content.
Keith is in the select group of “Experts” on Goldderby.com, prognosticating who will win at the Oscars, Emmys, Spirits, guilds and other major awards. He’s quite proud that he’s been in the #1 spot for the Oscars and Spirits more than most. He is also a member of the CCA (the Critics’ Choice Association) and votes for the Critics’ Choice Awards each year, for both film and tv/streaming. Keith is a longtime commentator on movies and the arts, and his expert film commentary has appeared in notable outlets worldwide including Business Week, CNBC, Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA TODAY, and many others. Before the pandemic he travelled to the major film festivals each season including Sundance, Cannes, Venice, and Toronto and attended the three major Comic-Cons (San Diego, New York, and Seattle). He served on the board of the Seattle Film Festival from 2008 – 2020, and was elected Vice President twice. He is the current chair of the advisory board for the College of Arts and Sciences for Washington State University.
His greatest accomplishment has been with IMDb, which, when he joined in August of 2000, had 3 million page views a month. During the time he was managing editor IMDb grew and now enjoys the patronage of more than 250 million unique users a month, with 150 million downloads of IMDb’s mobile apps worldwide.
In 2008 Keith also managed the acquisition of Box Office Mojo for IMDb, bringing the revered industry site into the IMDb family.