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by Brian Brooks
December 9, 2010 9:58 AM
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Harris Named Editor-in-Chief at indieWIRE

Veteran film journalist Dana Harris has been named as indieWIRE's new editor-in-chief. Harris has worked for the last decade at Variety, where she most recently served as editor, strategic projects. She replaces Eugene Hernandez, who left the position in late October nearly 15 years after he co-founded the online publication.

Harris will serve as indieWIRE's leader from Los Angeles effective January 1, 2011, while iW managing editor Brian Brooks will spearhead iW's day-to-day operations from New York. He has served as the publication's acting editor-in-chief during the search for Hernandez's replacement.

Harris, who joined Variety in 2000, spent three years as the editor of Variety.com and also created the entertainment publication's lifestyle section, Variety Weekend. Prior to that, she covered all aspects of the independent film industry in addition to covering Hollywood's major studios and talent agencies as a film reporter and feature writer. Harris' career also includes stints as a film reporter for The Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles and as managing editor for The Independent Film and Video Monthly in New York. Prior to that, Harris served as a film critic and feature writer at the Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ.

In her most recent role at Variety, Harris developed content strategies for paid editorial products under the brand Variety Ultimate. She also contributed to the launch of Variety Archives, a searchable database of more than 20,000 issues over the last 105 years.

As a freelancer, Harris' work has appeared in Premiere, Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, among other publications. She has also provided film-industry commentary for programs including Marketplace, The Lehrer Report, KCRW's The Business and the BBC and is a frequent panelist and moderator at film festivals, conferences and other industry events.

"I have always admired indieWIRE," said Harris. "Eugene co-founded and guided the first online publication dedicated to the independent film community and it's become a touchstone for the industry, filmmakers and fans. I'm looking forward to working with Rick, Brian and the team in building on that tradition and overseeing indieWIRE's expansion to the West Coast."

"We are delighted to welcome Dana Harris as the new editor-in-chief of indieWIRE," said Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms. "Dana brings a passion for independent film, great chops as a journalist and significant experience building and managing an online site. Her decade at Variety and nearly 15 years covering the film industry in Hollywood gives her an incredible perspective on how to make indieWIRE an even stronger institution. After indieWIRE co-founder Eugene Hernandez left to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center, we were gratified to have been able to speak to so many first-rate editors, writers and industry executives who were interested in becoming editor-in-chief; in that stellar field, Dana brought an exceptional combination of experiences that made her the standout candidate and we are confident that she will be able to continue the momentum indieWIRE has been building over the past two years."

23 Comments

  • Pat Thomson | December 10, 2010 11:57 AMReply

    Congrats, Dana!!! I know firsthand how hard-working you are. It pays off, no? Brava.

  • Diana Levin | December 10, 2010 10:37 AMReply

    Congratulations! I couldn't be more excited for you - a fabulous opportunity
    and well deserved.

  • Ralph Waxman | December 10, 2010 10:13 AMReply

    Bravo Dana, and kudos indieWIRE! A brilliant choice.

  • karol | December 10, 2010 9:30 AMReply

    :-)

  • bob hawk | December 10, 2010 6:52 AMReply

    Fantastic, Dana. Your passion for and support of indie film is longstanding and deeply appreciated by so many. Carry On!!!

  • Josh | December 10, 2010 6:41 AMReply

    Congrats Dana! You will be a great success at indieWIRE. And thanks for all your amazing work at Variety.

  • Andrea Meyer | December 10, 2010 6:40 AMReply

    Wow, great news for indieWIRE! Congrats, Dana.

  • M Green | December 10, 2010 6:35 AMReply

    Brilliant catch for IndieWire! Dana is a consummate pro.

  • kimberly reed | December 10, 2010 5:51 AMReply

    Congratulations! indieWIRE is lucky to have you!

  • Brian Moore | December 10, 2010 5:46 AMReply

    Terrific way to go Dana!!!

  • Carlo C. | December 10, 2010 5:37 AMReply

    she is absolutely brilliant! Congrats to Dana and congrats to indieWIRE.

  • mitchell block | December 10, 2010 4:33 AMReply

    well done, what great news.

  • Rollie Platz | December 10, 2010 3:51 AMReply

    Congradulation Dana. Know you will do a great job.

    Rollie and Rose

  • Betsy B. | December 10, 2010 2:37 AMReply

    Way to go Dana!! Your resume is incredible!!

  • H. Thompson | December 9, 2010 11:58 AMReply

    Good for you Dana! After 100 years, Variety has degenerated into a desperate also ran inferior to something as simple as Nikke Finke's Deadline Hollywood, not to mention the vastly superior Hollywood Reporter's on line presence. Google The Daily Variety. they are most known now for suing a punk band over a font. yes you heard me correctly. After 100 years!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8GKrHSSWvs

  • Stacy Codikow POWER UP | December 9, 2010 11:44 AMReply

    Dana is awesome and a great choice for indiewire!

  • Dan Mirvish | December 9, 2010 11:28 AMReply

    That's great news for Dana, IndieWire and us loyal readers. Congrats to everyone involved!! (and since I have your attention, it would be rude not to mention that my Kickstarter campaign ends in just 6 days - hey, it's in IndieWire today!)

  • Louise Levison | December 9, 2010 11:27 AMReply

    IndieWIRE defnitely made a great choice..

  • Jon Fitzgerald | December 9, 2010 11:20 AMReply

    What a brilliant choice. Dana is a superstar and will be a great addition to IW!
    Congrats Dana!!

  • Steve Bognar | December 9, 2010 11:00 AMReply

    Congrats Dana, Thank you, and GOOD LUCK!

  • Doug Block | December 9, 2010 11:00 AMReply

    IndieWIRE couldn't have made a better decision. Congrats, Dana!

  • R. Levey | December 9, 2010 10:47 AMReply

    Awesome! An amazing choice!

  • Sydney Levine | December 9, 2010 10:45 AMReply

    We are thrilled!!!!