In our ever-changing media landscape, nothing ever stays the same. So while it made sense when I left Variety in August 2009 to take my blog Thompson on Hollywood over to Eugene Hernandez’s Indiewire, it’s now right to join Indiewire full time as Editor-At-Large.
What changed? Well, in January Penske Media (which owns WWD, Variety, GoldDerby.com, and Deadline.com, among many other properties) acquired Indiewire, and is now investing in turning the 20-year-old site into a bigger, better version of itself, while we retain its essential indie DNA. That includes bringing me on board as a full-time Editor-at-Large, a role I played while running Thompson on Hollywood.
Until the Indiewire redesign launches in mid-May (hopefully before Cannes!), I’ll be posting on TOH, which will eventually function as a place to find my bylines. Many TOH writers, including crafts and animation expert Bill Desowitz, TV columnist Matt Brennan, and box office analyst Tom Brueggemann, will continue as Indiewire contributors. And I’ll continue pushing out the stories you want to read via @akstanwyck on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ll now be working out of Penske Media’s office on Santa Monica Boulevard in West LA, along with Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris (with whom I used to work at Variety), publisher James Israel, and TV staffers Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers. They’ll be contributing to our Emmy Awards coverage, now that I am overseeing all awards content in addition to my usual Oscar season focus.
I am excited to continue working with Dana and New York Deputy Editor (and my “Screen Talk” podcast partner) Eric Kohn to supervise the burgeoning Indiewire editorial staff in PMC’s Los Angeles and New York offices. I’m delighted to help Indiewire become the best that it can be as we cover must-watch smart film and TV via video, podcasts, predictions, and industry analysis.