By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com July 20, 2011 at 7:7AM
Former Cinematical editor in chief Erik Davis has been named as managing editor of Movies.com and as contributing editor of sister site Fandango. Both sites are owned by Comcast.
Joining Davis are former Cinematical editors Scott Weinberg and Peter Hall as contributors to Movies.com
The move comes after newly installed AOL news editor Arianna Huffington dissolved Cinematical in favor of the Huffington Post's model for entertainment content (see Anne Thompson's report on the end of Cinematical here).
Following that move, NBC/Universal-owned Fandango acquired the domain name Movies.com from Disney.
Davis, who is based in New York, will report to Fandango editor-in-chief Chuck Walton and Fandango executive editor Stacie Hougland.
Full release follows.
Erik Davis, a former editor at Cinematical and AOL Moviefone, has been named Contributing Editor for Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, and Managing Editor for Fandango’s sister site, Movies.com.
Davis will report to Fandango Editor-in-Chief Chuck Walton and Fandango Executive Editor Stacie Hougland, both of whom oversee the content for Fandango and Movies.com.
Erik brings along with him two other veteran editors, Cinematical’s Scott Weinberg and Peter Hall, who will also contribute to the sites and will report to Davis. Together with an extensive network of more than 40 movie experts and writers, Davis’ team is charged with the mission of creating an array of new, original and comprehensive content for Movies.com, while also contributing to content on the Fandango site.
"Our lively, knowledgeable, and passionate writers is thrilled to collaborate with Fandango and Movies.com. We’re looking forward to starting film conversations online -- and offline -- in the days, weeks and years to come, and expanding upon the content in an effort to change the way we talk about and write about movies online."
The New York-based Davis has been a leading movie commentator since 2005, quoted in such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, MTV.com and New York Magazine He is a frequent guest at panels and has hosted Q&As at many of the world’s leading film festivals.
As a sign of the growing popularity of destinations like Fandango and Movies.com, more than 30 million people visited Fandango’s Web and mobile destinations in June, and the company is pacing to surpass that traffic in July.