Collider is an entertainment website and YouTube channel founded by Editor in Chief Steve Weintraub in July 2005 and February 2007. It was purchased in January 2015 by Complex. In 2012, Weintraub was nominated for a Press Award by the International Cinematographers Guild for his work at Collider.com.
Collider focuses on entertainment news, analysis, and commentary, along with original features. The website primarily covers film and television news, with complementary film and television reviews and editorials providing original and unique voices from staff writers and freelancers. Collider.com's staff of writers includes Deputy Editor Adam Chitwood, Senior Editor Matt Goldberg (Film), Senior Editor Allison Keene (TV), Editor Haleigh Foutch (Horror), Editor Dave Trumbore (Animation), Weekend Editor Chris Cabin, Staff Writer Christina Radish, and Social Media Manager Josh Macuga. Current freelancers include Evan Valentine, Kayti Burt, Carla Day, Vinnie Mancuso, Nick Romano, Craig Byrne, Tommy Cook, and Emma Fraser. Past staff writers include Jason Barr, Brendan Bettinger, Nicole Pedersen, and the social media team of Brian Formo and Aubrey Page.
As of January 2018[update], Collider's YouTube channel had 412,000 subscribers and over 353,000,000 cumulative views. Extensions of the channel include Movie Talk, Heroes, Nightmares, Jedi Council, Movie Trivia Schmoedown, Behind the Scenes & Bloopers, and Collider News. Collider's staff includes Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, Dennis Tzeng, John Rocha, Jon Schnepp, Perri Nemiroff, Ashley Mova, Sinead De Vries, Natasha Martinez, Wendy Lee, Clarke Wolfe, Josh Macuga, Mark Reilly, Ken Napzok, Robert Meyer Burnett, Amy Dallen, Grace Hancock, Halleta Alemu and Jay Washington. Past notable staff includes John Campea, David Griffin, Sasha Perl-Raver and Jeremy Jahns.
|Movie Talk||Mark Ellis (Mon–Thur), Dennis Tzeng (Friday)||Monday–Friday|
|Collider News||Ken Napzok||Monday–Friday|
|Movie Trivia Schmoedown||Kristian Harloff & Mark Ellis/Ken Napzok||Tuesday/Friday|
|Comic Book Shopping||Jon Schnepp||Wednesday|
|Jedi Council||Kristian Harloff||Thursday|
|Best Movies on Netflix Right Now||Halleta Alemu||Friday|
|Behind the Scenes & Bloopers||Perri Nemiroff||Saturday|
|Nightmares||Clarke Wolfe||Wednesday (monthly)|
Daily, the crew will share their perspective on the film industry, which will include film reviews and industry news. Each episode is approximately an hour in length. A segment called "Buy or Sell" (later renamed "Agree or Disagree") happens daily where the panel will discuss whether they see certain topics or announcements as favorable or unfavorable. Each episode will typically end with questions from the "mailbag" sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and from live tweets to the channel #Collidervideo.
Heroes follows a similar format to Movie Talk, except the coverage is strictly on comic book film news. It is hosted by Jon Schnepp. Regular panelists include Hot Toys enthusiast Robert Meyer Burnett and Amy Dallen from Geek and Sundry. Episodes revolve around the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe. The show also talks about comics-based TV series such as Arrow and The Flash on The CW or the MCU on Netflix.
Nightmares follows the same format as Movie Talk and Heroes to a horror-focused show. Hosted by Clarke Wolfe, it follows news on horror films and television. Regular co-hosts include Mark Reilly, Perri Nemiroff and Jon Schnepp. It was reduced from a weekly show to monthly installments in 2017 due to decreased viewership, and later was put on indefinite hiatus.
Introduced in March 2016 as a reboot of the 2014/2015 version previously hosted on the Schmoes Know YouTube channel (an extension of the Collider channel), the Movie Trivia Schmoedown is a game show hosted by Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis where famous Collider or other YouTube cinema-related personalities engage in a film trivia competition. The show has a heavy professional wrestling influence in terms of storylines and gimmicks, although the competition itself is legitimate. There are currently four divisions: the singles, teams, InnerGeekdom (DC, DC Extended Universe, Harry Potter, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings questions only) and Star Wars-only.
As of 2017, the traditional format sees the opponents engage in a three-round match:
Championship matches feature two extra rounds:
The contestant(s) that has the most accumulated points at the end of the final round wins. If the scores are level at this point, there is a Sudden Death round, in which all competitors are asked the same questions and must answer on their white boards with a point being awarded for each correct answer. Whoever leads first wins. If there is more than a ten-point lead before the final round the leader will win by "knockout". If the competitor does make it to the final round but cannot correctly answer enough of the three questions to catch up to their opponent, they lose by "TKO".
There is a challenge rule, where the competitor can challenge a decision made by the judges. There is also the "JTE rule", the name given to the rule that stipulates that the competitor(s) may ask for a given question to be repeated up to three times per match.
The Schmoedown has four annual big events:
Hosted by Ken Napzok, these videos are typically short segments ranging from one to two minutes in length. These short videos discuss upcoming movies, new trailer drops, celebrity controversy, or filming and production issues on set. These short pieces are uploaded shortly after breaking news. Each short ends as the host asks the viewers their opinion on the story and encourages fans to post comments for further discussion on the next episode of the Movie Talk panels.
Collider Crash Course videos cover a variety of topics that are designed to enlighten viewers. The segments vary in length and are hosted by an alternating group of staff.
Collider Behind the Scenes & Bloopers videos, which feature Perri Nemiroff hosting, offer viewers a look behind the scenes of the other shows, as well as interviewing staff on a variety of topics.
Hosted by Jon Schnepp, these videos showcase celebrities and comic book writers shopping for and discussing comics and graphic novels.
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