The vast sweep of changes in news media hits home for me because I’m at IndieWIRE. After my initial shock at Eugene’s ending his 13 year career there, I am now elated with news of what’s to come. Eugene’s writing until 2 am everyday might end (lucky for him), but he has made an indelible mark on the New York independent film scene and will continue as the Lincoln Film Society begins to undergo its new transformation and as IndieWIRE, now with Anne Thompson as Editor at Large, and soon to name a new Editor in Chief (I am so curious!) goes through its own transformation. IndieWIRE was the first online indie film business voice to be heard.
With Todd leaving IndieWIRE and taking a well deserved and well paid corporate chief reviewer spot at the rapidly changing Hollywood Reporter (so glad Kirk Honeycut remains there as the international reviewer); as all these changes transpire in “print news media”, I am glad to see Anne’s blogging Media Watch: Hiring Brand Stars about it. Saves me the work of researching what’s going on in this world which I do not know enough about to analyze. I do know enough to realize these changes in news media going digital coincide with changes in the movie media business and they are quite as important to the film business as are social networking and other new digital development now taking place.
An interesting point of conjunction between news and film business changes, more obvious perhaps than with the narrative feature, is the documentary, the type which supplements our lousy “real” news outlets and calls people to pay attention and interact (discuss) with others as to the subject’s implications for us on personal levels.
Back to the original discussion of the changes going on in the news outlets: Maybe Eugene H. will tip the scale once again with his quest for new digital developments to help Lincoln Center Film Society and its news outlet, Film Comment. And maybe IndieWIRE’s continued innovations which happen to bring news and docs (Snag Films) together on the same screen will keep it pivotal in the indie business.
My prediction is that New York’s indie movie and festival scene is going to take center stage in the next 18 months while in L.A. the trades will lead (with the exception of IndieWIRE, that is).
Eugene Hernandez Reborn.
And his birthday was October 8!