Collider is an entertainment website and YouTube channel founded by Editor in Chief Steve Weintraub in July 2005 and February 2007. In 2012, Weintraub was nominated for a Press Award by the International Cinematographers Guild for his work at Collider.com. It was purchased in January 2015 by Complex and later sold to former head of video Marc Fernandez in February 2018.
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 contributors include Evan Valentine, Kayti Burt, Carla Day, Vinnie Mancuso, Nick Romano, Craig Byrne, Tommy Cook, and Emma Fraser. Past staff writers included Jason Barr, Brendan Bettinger, Brian Formo, Aubrey Page, and Nicole Pedersen.
As of May 2018[update], Collider's YouTube channel had 459,000 subscribers and over 388,000,000 cumulative views. Extensions of the channel include Movie Talk, ""The Movie Trivia Schmoedown"",Heroes, Jedi Council, Behind the Scenes & Bloopers, and Collider News. Collider's staff includes Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, Dennis Tzeng, John Rocha, Jon Schnepp, Perri Nemiroff, Dorian Parks and Mark Reilly. Frequent contributors include Ken Napzok, Wendy Lee, Clarke Wolfe, Josh Macuga, Robert Meyer Burnett, Amy Dallen, and Jay Washington.
|Movie Talk||Mark Ellis (Mon–Thur), Dennis Tzeng (Friday)||Monday–Friday|
|Movie Trivia Schmoedown||Kristian Harloff & Mark Ellis/Ken Napzok||Tuesday/Friday|
|Comic Book Shopping||Jon Schnepp||Wednesday|
|Jedi Council||Kristian Harloff||Thursday|
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 email@example.com 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.
Movie Trivia SchmoedownEdit
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.
- Singles: "The Inglorious One" Samm Levine [def. Kristian "The X Factor" Harloff];
- Tag Team: Above the Line ("The Inglorious One" Samm Levine and "The Godfather" Drew McWeeny) [def. The Patriots ( "The Insneider" Jeff Sneider and "Little Evil" JTE)];
- InnerGeekdom: Jason "Justice" Inman (def. Hector "The Nightmare" Navarro);
- Star Wars: Sam "The Warrior" Witwer (def. "The Pitboss" Ken Napzok).
As of 2017, the traditional format sees the opponents engage in a three-round match:
- in the first round, they have to write down on a white board the answers to eight questions of different categories, getting a point for every correct answer (with the possibility of a bonus ninth question should they get all eight correct);
- in the second round, they spin a wheel which will randomly land on a single category (they may spin a second time should they feel that the category isn't a strong one for them). They will then answer up to four (or six, if teams) questions in that category, receiving two points for a correct answer, and the added option of multiple choice which cuts down a correct answer to only one point, as well as the looming risk of a competitor stealing point(s);
- the third round sees the choosing of three numbers from 1–25 at random, all of them containing a category that they have to answer a question from, with each being worth two, three and five points respectively.
Championship matches feature two extra rounds:
- the waging round, where the competitors can wage from zero up to three of their earned points at that time, and answer a question from another wheel-spun category, getting an additional amount of points (the amount being the same number they waged) if they get it correct, and losing those same points if they fail;
- the speed round, in which the competitors must hit the buzzer before their opponent and answer the given question correctly within two seconds, also with the added risk of losing a point if they answer incorrectly.
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.
- Triple Threat, Fatal 4-Way and Fatal 5-Way: structured the same way as regular matches, 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 available for both opponents through white board writing instead of just spoken) (also: the number of questions asked to a given competitor in Round 2 drops from four to three). The first of this format was the Innergeekdom Fatal 5-Way title match at the 2016 Schmoedown Spectacular;
- Elimination match: 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 (and there are eliminations every round). This is usually applicable to the InnerGeekdom division Fatal 5-Way matches, as well as the Free 4 All;
- 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;
- Retirement match: The loser of this match has to retire from the Schmoedown, either for a period of time or permanently. The first example was Josh Macuga vs. Finstock, however Tom Dagnino (A.K.A. Finstock) managed to escape retirement through a loop-hole;
- Loser Breaks Up match: This is similar to the Retirement match, but exclusive for the teams division, where the losing team has to permanently break up. The first example was Wangers vs. Reel Rejects;
- Iron Man match: a 30-minute non-stop marathon of trivia questions being asked, with the winner being the one with the most answered questions by the end of the time limit. The 1st one of its kind will be Ken Napzok vs. Sam Witwer at the Schmoedown Spectacular II.
The Schmoedown has four annual big events:
- Free 4 All, in the spring;
- Collider Collision, a SummerSlam-inspired supercard that takes place in the summer;
- Ultimate Schmoedown, a bracket-style tournament to declare the next #1 contender to the singles (and/or team) title(s), during late summer–fall;
- Schmoedown Spectacular, the WrestleMania-based biggest supercard of the year, which hits on Christmas season.
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 CourseEdit
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 & BloopersEdit
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.
Comic Book ShoppingEdit
Hosted by Jon Schnepp, these videos showcase celebrities and comic book writers shopping for and discussing comics and graphic novels.
1x1 with Kristian HarloffEdit
Hosted by Kristian Harloff, the videos show hour-long interviews with celebrity guests.
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