Collider is a film website and YouTube channel founded by 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. As of September 2017[update], Collider's YouTube channel had 371,000 subscribers and over 310,000,000 cumulative views. Extensions of the channel include Movie Talk, TV Talk, Heroes, Nightmares, Jedi Council, Movie Trivia Schmoedown, Behind the Scenes & Bloopers, and Collider News. The panels are hosted by a wide assortment of commentors including Jon Schnepp, Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, John Rocha, Rachel Cushing, Jeremy Jahns, Perri Nemiroff, Ashley Mova, Sinead De Vries, Natasha Martinez, Wendy Lee, Clarke Wolfe, Josh Macuga, Mark Reilly, Ken Napzok, Amy Dallen, David Griffin, Grace Hancock, Dennis Tzeng and Halleta Alemu. Collider's website staff of writers include Adam Chitwood, Senior Editors Matt Goldberg (Film) and Allison Keene (TV), Haleigh Foutch, Dave Trumbore, Brian Formo and Aubrey Page. The website is primarily news, features, sketches and criticism.
|Movie Talk||Mark Ellis (except on Fridays, hosted by Dennis Tzeng)||Monday–Friday|
|TV Talk||Josh Macuga||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 (on hiatus)||Clarke Wolfe||Wednesday (monthly)|
Different members of the panel share their perspective on any given topic, including film reviews and industry news. Movie Talk is time shared with celebrity interviews. Each episode is typically an hour in length. Mondays' episode covers the weekend box office gross and speculation on future ratings. A segment called "Buy or Sell" happens around the halfway point in each episode, where the panel discusses whether they see certain topics or announcements as favorable. An additional option has begun to reoccur during "Buy or Sell" which is "Lease" (a panelist decides that the current topic is too close to call, a 50/50 if you will) in addition to the options "Buy" or "Sell". Each episode covers eight different topics in each podcast, and the show typically ends with questions from a live audience through a Twitter chatroom. Mailbag is a separate segment where the panel discusses fan mail, questions, and insight provided by viewers.
Heroes follows a similar format to Movie Talk. The difference is that the news coverage is strictly on comic book film news and is hosted by Jon Schnepp. Regular panelists include Hot Toys enthusiast Robert Meyer Burnett and Amy Dallen from Geek and Sundry. Episodes often revolve around the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe and the marketing and advertising strategies of both franchises. The show also talks about comics-based TV series such as Arrow and The Flash on The CW or the MCU on Netflix. The advertising practices and marketing themes of different corporations are addressed, and predictions are made regarding the future of each studio.
Introduced in March 2016 as a reboot of the 2014/2015 version previously hosted on the Schmoes Know YouTube 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 and The Lord of the Rings questions only) and Star Wars-only. Harloff is the current singles champion, The Patriots (Jeff Sneider and JTE) are the teams champions, Hector Navarro is the InnerGeekdom champion, and Ken Napzok is the Star Wars champion.
As of 2017, the traditional format sees the two parties (individuals or teams of two members) engage in a three round match:
Additionally, championship matches feature two extra rounds:
The contestant(s) that has the most accumulated points at the end of the final round wins. If one of the parties has an over ten-point lead before the final round over their opponent(s), they will win by knockout. If the competitor does make it to the final round but cannot correctly answer enough of the three questions to get a lead over their opponent, they lose by TKO. There is also a challenge rule, where the competitor can challenge the decision made by the judges, getting the challenge back if his was accepted, and losing it if refused; and the JTE rule, where the competitor(s) may ask for the hosts to repeat a given question, although they can only ask for the repeat three times per match.
There are variants of both the regular and championship formats where more than two parties are involved (Triple Threat for three participants, Fatal 4-Way for four and Fatal 5-Way for five), where the rounds are exactly the same but adapted for the number of participants involved (i.e.: in a Triple Threat, each of the three competitors spins the wheel in the second round, and steal opportunities are avaliable for both opponents through white board writing instead of just spoken). Additionally, there's a multi-person elimination format where multiple participants are tested in a game of survival, as they have to avoid being the contestant with the least amount of accumulated points after a round of questions is asked, or they are eliminated. This is applicable to the InnerGeekdom division Fatal 5-Way matches, as well as the Free 4 All, an annual event based on WWE's Royal Rumble match, where five of 35 players start at the table, and as some get eliminated through the elimination process, others - in random order - enter in their spots. The winner of the Free 4 All gets a title shot of any kind anytime they desire.
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 changes with company executives, 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.
Collider Unboxed videos show the staff's obsession with toy collectibles and the new opening of a toy for the offices.
Hosted by Jon Schnepp, these videos showcase celebrities and comic book writers shopping for and discussing comics and graphic novels.
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