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by Eugene Hernandez
July 31, 2009 4:18 AM
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Introducing the *new* Thompson on Hollywood

I was in the Salt Lake City airport, on my way back home from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, when I learned that Anne Thompson would be leaving Variety. I immediately called her to find out more about her future plans. We kept talking as Anne considered the direction she wanted to go with her career. We've now spent six months not only discussing her ideas but also developing a plan to work together to build her exciting new site, and to integrate it fully within indieWIRE and SnagFilms.

Today, we are excited to announce that Anne Thompson is moving her popular Thompson On Hollywood blog from Variety.com to the indieWIRE network. With the re-imagined site, Anne is declaring her editorial independence. It will launch this Monday, August 3rd at: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood. The move marks the latest step forward for indieWIRE as we continue to build our business to better serve filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers.

Anne talks about the move in her final post on the Variety site.

As far as I'm concerned, Anne Thompson is the leading voice from Hollywood and she has such a strong sense of how journalism about movies and the industry is evolving. She is an informed veteran with a topnotch editorial track record and a powerful Rolodex. Her new site will maintain many of the elements familiar to her regular readers but she will also expand her coverage to include new content areas and a broader focus on entertainment and cultural trends.

I expect her new web home within the indieWIRE network to be a go to spot for news, insight and perspective on the industry, festivals, awards season, and the latest movies. In the wake of the dramatic shift at the Hollywood trade papers this past year, there are a number of online outlets that have emerged to track the ups-and-downs of the industry. Anne's experience and background, not to mention her passionate love of the movies, will ensure that she remains a force to be reckoned with and I expect her to draw a rabid daily readership to her blog and indieWIRE generally.

For more than two decades, Anne Thompson has been a leading journalist covering films and the industry. Born and raised in New York, she has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, "Thompson on Hollywood," has run since March 2007. Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment. She wrote the film industry column "Risky Business" for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate. She is a graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, and teaches the fall semester of "Sneak Previews" for UCLA Extension.

As our CEO Rick Allen notes in a press release today, "Anne Thompson has long been one of the most insightful writers covering the film industry... With Anne’s arrival, and by incorporating thompsononhollywood.com within the indieWIRE network, we’ll be able to take our leadership to a new level, and bring an even broader scope of information and analysis to industry insiders and fans.”

We're thrilled to be working with Anne to make indieWIRE the must-read home for industry, filmmakers and fans alike and we invite you to visit the ThompsonOnHollywood.com blog regularly here at indieWIRE starting this Sunday evening.

Best,

Eugene Hernandez
Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, indieWIRE


-- full press release on page two --

PRESS RELEASE

It’s Official: Top Film Industry Journalist Anne Thompson Will Bring Her Blog, Thompson On Hollywood, from Variety To IndieWIRE

July 31, 2009. SnagFilms announced today that Anne Thompson, one of the most respected journalists covering the film industry, will move her widely-read Thompson on Hollywood blog from Variety.com to the indieWIRE network, beginning Monday, August 3. Thompson brings to indieWIRE more than two decades of experience covering the entertainment industry.

At indieWIRE, Thompson will retain her focus on all aspects of the film business, while also expanding this coverage and analysis to entertainment and cultural trends. Her blog thompsononhollywood.com will re-launch Monday as part of the indieWIRE blog network; and will be featured on indieWIRE.com, at SnagFilms.com and through the company’s distribution partners.

“Anne Thompson has long been one of the most insightful writers covering the film industry – from the boulevards of Hollywood to the canyon roads of independent film,” said Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms LLC. “Starting at Sundance and throughout this year, indieWIRE has consistently scooped its competition, particularly among large publications that have scaled back their coverage of independent film. With Anne’s arrival, and by incorporating thompsononhollywood.com within the indieWIRE network, we’ll be able to take our leadership to a new level, and bring an even broader scope of information and analysis to industry insiders and fans.”

Anne Thompson has done more than just break news in her more than two decades of covering the film industry – she has provided an insider’s clear-eyed analysis of a business that defines American culture at home and abroad. Born and raised in New York, she has been a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, "Thompson on Hollywood," has run since March 2007. Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment. She wrote the film industry column "Risky Business" for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate. She is a graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, hosts the fall semester of "Sneak Previews" for UCLA Extension and teaches film criticism at USC.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with indieWIRE and SnagFilms which have both proven to be innovative movers and shakers in the online space. For thirteen years, indieWIRE has been the authoritative voice on independent film. Launching the new and improved Thompson on Hollywood as part of the indieWIRE network offers an opportunity for me to reach a new audience and undertake a new approach to covering the entertainment industry,” said Anne Thompson.

IndieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez said, “Anne is the leading voice from Hollywood and she has such a strong sense of how journalism about movies and the industry is evolving. She is an informed veteran with a topnotch editorial track record and a powerful rolodex. She offers expert analysis of the trends and issues affecting movies today. I expect her new web home within the indieWIRE network to be a go-to spot for news, insight and perspective on the industry, festivals, awards season, and the latest movies.”
IndieWIRE is the leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry, and moviegoers alike, and is wholly owned by SnagFilms. SnagFilms brings the best nonfiction films to the web audience, promotes viral web distribution through virtual movie theater widgets, and engages viewers to assist in charitable and community efforts.

About indieWIRE
indieWIRE is the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community, including comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews. Its website (http://www.indiewire.com) includes special sections for high-profile film festivals, filmmaker and industry weblogs, as well as resources and tools for emerging and established filmmakers. Awarded the Webby for best film website, indieWIRE was lauded as a "must read" by Variety, branded the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community" by Forbes, dubbed "best indie crossroads" by film critic Roger Ebert and praised as "everything you need to know about independent film” by CNN.

About SnagFilms
SnagFilms features free ad-supported viewing of more than 840 award-winning titles from some of the greatest names in documentary film production and distribution. Since its launch in July 2008, SnagFilms’ library has been featured on over 1 billion web pageviews, via more than 25,000 web pages, including throughout the AOL channels, and the websites of The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Politico, hundreds of blogs, and thousands of social network pages. OVGuide named SnagFilms a Top Site of 2008 and MovieMaker Magazine named SnagFilms to its annual list of “50 Best Websites for Moviemakers.”

indieWIRE, the 13-year old leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike, has been a vital part of SnagFilms since its acquisition in August, 2008.

The company was founded by digital entrepreneur, documentary film producer, professional sports teams’ owner and philanthropist Ted Leonsis, and is additionally backed by AOL co-founder and Revolution LLC Chairman, Steve Case; philanthropist and former digital executive Jean Case; operating executive and philanthropic venture capitalist Miles Gilburne; and a group led by Ted and Jim Pedas, founders of Circle Films.

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14 Comments

  • earl00A | March 17, 2011 3:21 AMReply

    Congratulation Anne! and also to:

    Sam Botta! "Happy Birthday and Congratulation in your new show "Live Fearless with Sam Botta" produced by Movie Tech Studios.

    Director Ewing Miles (Lucky) Brown says Sam Botta has lost 70 lbs for this show.
    Wow! very very nice Sam!

    Congrats!

  • larry-411 | August 3, 2009 8:55 AMReply

    To be able to read my favorite film reporter's column at my favorite film site is something I am very much looking forward to in the days to come. Congratulations to Ms. Thompson, and to indieWIRE for snagging her.

  • naydn | August 3, 2009 5:50 AMReply

    I couldn't be happier. Anne Thompson was my favorite part of Variety and will be a rich addition to Indiewire. Good job!

  • garymey | August 2, 2009 8:15 AMReply

    Finally a showcasing Anne deserves. She provides the most timely and useful information about the world of films, both domestic and inforrnation. She loves to write (and does it well) and we love to read her.
    Gary Meyer

  • jazz4111 | August 1, 2009 9:19 AMReply

    An excellent new association! Intelligent, erudite, articulate, intuitive and in touch with what's going on in indie film community. Congrats!

  • cwyler@aol.com | August 1, 2009 4:31 AMReply

    Congratulations to both Eugene and Anne; this makes Anne seem more accessible, since Indiewire is my first hit in the morning. Should be nicely expansive for both.

    Catherine Wyler

  • joeysilver | August 1, 2009 1:08 AMReply

    Hey Eugene - you forgot an important part of Anne's resume: she used to be a publicist! She handled flackery for more than a half-dozen movies (see www.imdb.com/name/nm0859864/) and jumped full-time into the journalism game during the 1980s. Now, some of my best friends work as professional praisers, so I don't understand why that part of her job history was left on the cutting room floor. Since then, she's gone on to be a fine and competent reporter and, although she doesn't regularly break important news stories like Nikki Finke and the NY Times, she's still interesting to read and has a good relationship (sometimes too good, actually) with leading filmmakers. Here's hoping that Anne becomes a good fit for IndieWire and together you guys bring in plenty of dough -- and hopefully even a few scoops that will serve to blow some holes in Finke's and Waxman's egos. -- Joey

  • sperling | July 31, 2009 12:15 PMReply

    When I heard that Anne would be moving to indieWIRE a few weeks ago I was quite happy. I think everyone knew she would find a new home, or make one for herself. I'm glad she's landed with indieWIRE, an outlet that will allow Anne to truly gain her "editorial independence" as you so aptly put it.

    Congratulations to you both!

    - J. Sperling Reich

  • Doublel | July 31, 2009 8:59 AMReply

    It's terrific to see such a great writer joining your group. I also read her column regularly. Among other reporting, she always has a grat persepctive on various festivals and markets.

  • andrea kreuzhage | July 31, 2009 8:25 AMReply

    Wonderful news for indieWIRE and the community. Bringing Anne's blog aboard is a coup!

  • brrich | July 31, 2009 7:35 AMReply

    Congratulations! Anne Thompson is the one journalist I consistently follow for both news and perspective (besides Indiewire itself of course). Great addition.
    --B Ruby Rich

  • bscharres | July 31, 2009 7:26 AMReply

    What a smart move on indieWIRE's part. Anne Thompson is the savviest industry observer we've got. Nobody can pull the wool over her eyes!

  • Syd | July 31, 2009 4:36 AMReply

    Welcome Anne. IndieWire gets better and better by the day! Thanks for also making an Acquisitions section in the news, something I had asked Gene for during Cannes. I like IndieWire's responsiveness to its readers!

  • chutry | July 31, 2009 4:29 AMReply

    Yes, this is excellent news for indieWire.