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Friday, July 31, 2009

Thompson on Hollywood Moves to indieWIRE

Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. You may have noticed a lull in posts since last month. The Film Panel Notetaker is on a semi-hiatus for the summer, though you may be seeing a post or two here and there. This morning, I received word that Anne Thompson's Thompson on Hollywood blog will now be housed at indieWIRE. I've been an admirer of Anne's work at her former haunt Variety, not to mention she has linked to this here blog a few times :)

I look forward to reading her over at iW come Monday morning. Below is the press announcement from SnagFilms.


I’s Official: Top Film Industry Journalist Anne Thompson Will Bring Her Blog, Thompson On Hollywood, from Variety To IndieWIRE


July 31, 2009- SnagFilms announced today that Anne Thompson, one of the most respected journalists covering the film industry, will move her widely-read Thompson on Hollywood blog from Variety.com to the indieWIRE network, beginning Monday, August 3. Thompson brings to indieWIRE more than two decades of experience covering the entertainment industry.

At indieWIRE, Thompson will retain her focus on all aspects of the film business, while also expanding this coverage and analysis to entertainment and cultural trends. Her blog thompsononhollywood.com will re-launch Monday as part of the indieWIRE blog network; and will be featured on indieWIRE.com, at SnagFilms.com and through the company’s distribution partners.

“Anne Thompson has long been one of the most insightful writers covering the film industry – from the boulevards of Hollywood to the canyon roads of independent film,” said Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms LLC. “Starting at Sundance and throughout this year, indieWIRE has consistently scooped its competition, particularly among large publications that have scaled back their coverage of independent film. With Anne’s arrival, and by incorporating thompsononhollywood.com within the indieWIRE network, we’ll be able to take our leadership to a new level, and bring an even broader scope of information and analysis to industry insiders and fans.”

Anne Thompson has done more than just break news in her more than two decades of covering the film industry – she has provided an insider’s clear-eyed analysis of a business that defines American culture at home and abroad. Born and raised in New York, she has been a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, "Thompson on Hollywood," has run since March 2007. Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment. She wrote the film industry column "Risky Business" for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate. She is a graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, hosts the fall semester of "Sneak Previews" for UCLA Extension and teaches film criticism at USC.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with indieWIRE and SnagFilms which have both proven to be innovative movers and shakers in the online space. For thirteen years, indieWIRE has been the authoritative voice on independent film. Launching the new and improved Thompson on Hollywood as part of the indieWIRE network offers an opportunity for me to reach a new audience and undertake a new approach to covering the entertainment industry,” said Anne Thompson.

IndieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez said, “Anne is the leading voice from Hollywood and she has such a strong sense of how journalism about movies and the industry is evolving. She is an informed veteran with a topnotch editorial track record and a powerful rolodex. She offers expert analysis of the trends and issues affecting movies today. I expect her new web home within the indieWIRE network to be a go-to spot for news, insight and perspective on the industry, festivals, awards season, and the latest movies.”
IndieWIRE is the leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry, and moviegoers alike, and is wholly owned by SnagFilms. SnagFilms brings the best nonfiction films to the web audience, promotes viral web distribution through virtual movie theater widgets, and engages viewers to assist in charitable and community efforts.

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