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 Indiewire, it was also right last month to join Indiewire full-time as editor-at-large.
In January we were acquired by Penske Media (which owns WWD, Variety, GoldDerby.com, and Deadline.com, among many other properties), which is investing in turning the 20-year-old site into a bigger, better version of itself, while we retain its essential indie DNA.
We’ve been ramping up, making new hires in New York (digital director Bill Earl moved over from Penske Media, film reporter Graham Winfrey from Inc., film critic David Ehrlich from Rolling Stone) and Los Angeles (executive editor Michael Schneider, with whom I worked at Variety, has joined us from TV Guide), as Penske’s team and Indiewire editor-in-chief Dana Harris work to revamp the Indiewire site for its mid-May launch— just as our film team arrives in Cannes to cover the film festival.
As you may have noticed, I’m now posting my stories via Indiewire, where I hope you will not only follow me but my TOH! cohorts: Bill Desowitz continues his erudite below-the-line film, animation and television coverage, Matt Brennan is supplying weekly TV columns, and Tom Brueggemann is covering box office, adding a Thursday box office preview to his deep-dive Sunday analysis.
So this means the end of Thompson on Hollywood as a daily blog. We had a good run! I cherish the time I spent with all our richly diverse contributors: from my tireless staff writers Brennan, Sophia Savage, Beth Hanna, and Ryan Lattanzio to Maggie Lange, Jacob Combs, Reuben Guevara, Aljean Harmetz, Amy Dawes, Meredith Brody, Tom Christie, Matt Mueller, Mark Salisbury, Demetrios Matheou, John Anderson, Susan Wloszczyna, Annette Insdorf, Joe Leydon, Carrie Rickey, Chris Willman, Terry Curtis Fox, Mike Kaplan, Emily Best, Valenta Valentini, Charles Lyons, Howard Rodman, Ira Deutchman, Tom Roston, Michael Pattison, Tomris Laffly, David Chute, Dennis Cozzalio, David D’Arcy, Nick Newman, Gary Meyer, Fred Schruers, David Thomson, David Ansen, Amy Nicholson, Nancy Nigrosh, Tova Laiter, Ted Hope, Torene Svitil, Paul Schrader, Reid Rosefelt, Julia Chasman, Giovanni Vimercati, Lisa Nesselson, Eric Myers, Sergio Mims, Gabriel Rotello, Sheerly Avni, Todd Gilchrist, Brian Fuson, and Anthony D’Alessandro, among others.
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