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Independence Day Comes Early: The Playlist Moves To THEPLAYLIST.NET On May 2nd

Independence Day Comes Early: The Playlist Moves To THEPLAYLIST.NET On May 2nd

A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies. A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure.” – Blade Runner (1982)

It’s exciting, and maybe even a little nerve wracking, but on MONDAY, MAY 2ND, we’ll be launching our shiny, new and fully independent site at THEPLAYLIST.NET. It will be the start of a new chapter for The Playlist, and will mark the close of our five year run as part of the Indiewire blog network. Please update your bookmarks, and sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop and for a chance to win an iPad mini (a platform on which our new site looks great, by the way).

As you might know, Indiewire was recently acquired by the Penske Media Corporation. Indiewire is shutting down the blog network, and so we’re doing something we’ve talked about doing for a while now: striking out on our own. We love this thing we’ve built over the years far too much to let it go, and so we’re wishing our Indiewire colleagues the best as we unveil THEPLAYLIST.NET, where we get to be us — only moreso.

Editorially, things will be familiar, but we’ll be growing too. We’re proud of our omnivorous and eclectic taste, which encompasses covering everything from micro-budget features, classic cinema, prestige TV, blockbuster tentpoles and arthouse titles. We’re proud of covering festivals like Sundance, Cannes, Telluride, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, New York, AFI, Tribeca, SXSW, Karlovy Vary and Marrakech, and of The Playlist Podcast Network, which now comprises three separate podcasts with more to come. None of those priorities are going to change. If anything, we’re going to take this opportunity to try out new things and to bring you different approaches to news and features, in addition to everything we’ve always done.

The Playlist started in 2007 as just my hobby, centering around movie soundtracks (hence the name). But it expanded and evolved and now we — Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth, Features Editor Jessica Kiang, Features Senior Writer Oliver Lyttelton and myself — can’t wait to show you what this next phase will bring.

As I like to say, onwards and upwards. And as Jess likes to say, “remember, we’re the pirates, not the navy.” So thanks for reading all these years, thanks for sharing, and thanks for commenting; we really hope you’ll put out to sea with us again at THEPLAYLIST.NET.

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Awesome, congrats guys! Crazy to think how far you’ve come since blogspot days.

Eric Lavallée

More power to y’all. Nice touch on the logo!

Aman Puni

Thank God! At least we can set away from this awful layout that Indiewire forced on you. Bring back the old elegant look. The new logo gives me faith.

Scott Ross

Congrats, man. Long overdue.


Great to hear. You guys get a lot of ribbing in the comments section but as you are aware, it means people are reading. You are the best movie site on the net imo, So keep up the good work.


Bring back the "If I was (insert director here)" playlist series! I was introduced to one of my favorite songs ever, Woody by Hayden, by the David Gordon Green mix.


Derek, did you know Woody is about his cat? Best, thanks and glad you liked those mixes.


Good luck! Congrats! Hope for a great new clean design!

Vinnie M

So glad! I’m glad this will continue. Five years? I remember having to update my RSS five years ago, worried the format would change. The blog has only gotten better over time. I look forward to the third incarnation. Best of luck!

Gilles van Leeuwen

I’ve been a reader from before indiewire. Never really loved the transition. Hope the new site will bring a much needed reader experience improvement.


Excellent. I’ve been reading you since before the Indiewire days and will no doubt continue into the post-Indiewire era. Looking forward to it.

TC Kirkham

Kudos, all! Can’t wait to check out the new site!

Anne Thompson

I’ve loved watching you bloom and grow and am proud of everything you’ve accomplished. I can’t wait to see your new incarnation.



From the Blogspot days

Now hopefully you will bring back the ever interesting funny titles for the top 10 movies every week.


Ooh yeah! The titles. Those were funny! Bring those back. :D

Phil Edwards

Awesome. Congratulations on making the move. Looking forward to seeing it.


Fantastic news. I’ve followed you from the very beginning and you are the first site I go to every day (along with many visits throughout). I have to agree with Aman, never liked the Indiewire layout so can’t wait to see what changes you’ll make. All the best and keep up the great work.

Den Smirnov

It was great experience and pleasure to share this road. Thank you… And please remember we have seen things people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in a rain….


This is awesome. People will finally stop cititing The Playlist as Indiewire.

Josh Tilton

Great to hear! You fine people have been my favorite and most trusted source of film news and reviews for ages– you’ve always deserved this independence and I’m glad you’ve finally got it. Congrats!

Emperor Zerg Rush

Been around since you guys were on Blogspot (even if it wasn’t under this particular name) and I’ll no doubt continue to read at the new URL.

Stephanie Rich

Amazing! Congrats Rodrigo and the whole crew – much deserved.

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