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Indiewire Boosts Critic Eric Kohn to Deputy Editor

Indiewire Boosts Critic Eric Kohn to Deputy Editor

Indiewire Editor in Chief and General Manager Dana Harris has elevated Kohn, my Indiewire colleague and Screen Talk podcast producer, to Deputy Editor. As he helps her to run the burgeoning site, he will maintain his title as Chief Film Critic. 
In his new position, Kohn will work with Harris to guide Indiewire’s entertainment coverage, with day-to-day oversight of Indiewire’s editorial staff and freelance ranks, managing Indiewire’s strategy for film and TV reviews, and serving as the key liaison for Indiewire’s blog network. 

“Indiewire has changed a great deal since I joined the organization four years ago,” said Harris. “In that time traffic has nearly quadrupled, we’ve opened a Los Angeles office, we’re about to launch the second year of our Awards Spotlight franchise, and Eric has proven himself a key player in our growth curve. In addition to his role as an astute film critic and editor, he had the vision to create Criticwire and the Critics Academy as unique resources that build and tap our network of critical voices. As we expand our film and TV coverage and move into video, his promotion will be key to our continued growth.” 

“When I started writing for Indiewire in 2007, it was run by a staff of two with no office,” Kohn recalls. “The entire operation was miraculously sustained by a passion for independent film. It’s been a remarkable process to watch the site blossom over the past several years while maintaining its connection to the community it helped foster. Like everyone else, we’re searching for new ways of building our readership, but we answer to a higher calling as well. Contrary to popular assumptions, there’s a significant audience out there hungry for first-rate cinema. Indiewire thrives on getting the word out — and we have no intention of slowing down. I’m thrilled to take on a bigger role by helping us simultaneously preach to the choir and broaden its membership.”

I first met Kohn at the Sundance Film Festival some years back, when he was sleeping on a sofa in our condo. He was impressive then–he’s voracious in his acquisition of knowledge– and I have enjoyed watching him tackle more and more responsibility with aplomb every year. And if he didn’t already have enough to do, he’s also teaching film criticism at New York University and has recently edited a book of Harmony Korine interviews that just went up on Amazon today.

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