I have just a few days left in my role as the Editor-in-Chief here at indieWIRE as I prepare to move over to the Film Society of Lincoln Center (but will remain a blogger here). Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the changing face of media and the other day I was particularly struck by this archival film from the “Your Life Work Series” (above via You Tube).
Detailing the various roles that comprise the creation of a daily newspaper, the short film profiles editorial, publishing and production. “News reporting is a young man’s job,” the narrator says at one point. Anyway, I really had to laugh when he then detailed the role of the country publisher who, “has to learn to do many things.” The rural newspaper publisher is pictured not only writing copy, but also running the presses to get the news out. Of course, that reminded me of the work we did in the early days of indieWIRE, “All this knowledge and experience seems a great deal to ask of one man, but he leads a happy life and he takes pride in that fact that he is in business for himself.” That says it all.
Obviously, a lot has changed since indieWIRE was operated like that country newspaper in the film. But, we built out our team over time as we aligned ourselves with the right partners, leading up to the sale of the company to SnagFilms two years ago. That crucial deal stabilized this business in a way that has paved the way for some amazing recent growth that will continue soon. The incredible success of indieWIRE in the last couple of years continues, including our recent announcement of The Playlist joining the iW network. It’s a truly exciting time for this company, making it an opportune moment to retire from iW on a total high, and my colleagues will add new leadership later this year once the exec search is complete.
More to come.