I am thrilled to announce that after a long search for just the right person to head the Indiewire editorial team in New York as News Editor and Senior Writer, Jay Fernandez will start at Indiewire on April 23. He fills the void left by departing IW veteran Brian Brooks, who headed west to join Deadline's LA office. (More details in Indiewire's announcement.)
Fernandez has been based in Hollywood as senior film writer and blogger for The Hollywood Reporter–he eventually took over my Risky Business blog in 2008, after I left THR for Variety. I was a huge fan of his screenwriting column Scriptland for the Los Angeles Times. This guy can write, and knows the business–both indie and mainstream–better than anyone.
Fernandez not only knows how to break news, like any self-respecting trade reporter, but how to contextualize it. He will be doing both for Indiewire, working closely with editor-in-chief Dana Harris, who manages the site from IW's Silver Lake office.
Based in LA, Fernandez will be making the move to New York with his wife Christine Spines, who worked with me at Premiere, went to EW, later founded the breakout Word and Film blog for Random House and took over as managing editor of the Sundance.org website in November. Jay will cover the Tribeca Film Festival and I look forward to joining him in Cannes this May.