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Indiewire Comes to Sundance in Force, With Staff Promotions in Tow

Indiewire Comes to Sundance in Force, With Staff Promotions in Tow

OK, a brief moment of bragging: In 2011, our 15th anniversary, we had a record-breaking year of traffic growth and revenue. And now, as we’re heading into Sundance 2012 with our largest-ever team, we’re announcing a bunch of well-deserved promotions on our advertising and editorial sides.  


James Israel has been promoted to Publisher and VP of Advertising, where he oversees advertising sales and sponsorship as well as business development for Indiewire and the Indiewire Blog Network, leading revenue growth, new products, and other strategies to continue to increase content and quality for Indiewire’s readership of film and television fans, industry and filmmakers. Israel is also involved in advertising and sponsorship campaigns across Indiewire’s sister site, SnagFilms, a free ad-supported independent and documentary movie streaming site with over 3,000 titles.

James has worked with Indiewire since 2001 when he served as Managing Editor for Indiewire’s coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. He’ll continue to work in tandem with me out of Indiewire’s Los Angeles office.

Peter Knegt has been promoted to Senior Editor of Indiewire, where he will continue to write and edit daily for the site as well as function as Indiewire’s Awards Season Columnist, oversee Indiewire’s hugely popular Independent/Specialty Box Office coverage and serve a crucial role in reporting on numerous film festivals from around the world. Peter has been working the Indiewire team since 2006, when he first contributed to Toronto International Film Festival coverage.

Eric Kohn has been promoted to Senior Editor with Indiewire and will also continue to serve as Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic as well as oversee Indiewire’s Criticwire, our ongoing survey and aggregation of over 300 film critics’ reviews and grades from around the country on the latest independent and specialty releases as well as film festival premieres. Eric’s based in Indiewire’s New York office and has been Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic since 2009 and a contributor since 2007, with a specific focus on breaking reviews from film festivals including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto.

Nigel M. Smith has been promoted to Assistant Editor. Nigel will continue to oversee Indiewire’s ongoing Futures series in addition to the dozens of interviews he writes profiling filmmakers, actors and other top talent. He’s based in New York.

Jason Gonzalez has been promoted to Senior Advertising Manager for Indiewire, where he handles sales and sponsorship with Indiewire’s Hollywood studio, specialty, independent and television advertisers as well as filmmaker-endemic products and services. He also handles advertising sales for SnagFilms. Jason, who is based in New York, has been with Indiewire since 2010 and previously worked with IFC Films in Marketing and Publicity.

Kira Kewley, a recent addition, serves as Advertising Operations Manager and oversees all of Indiewire’s and SnagFilms’ ad serving needs. She previously worked as Marketing Coordinator at online advertising network IDG TechNetwork. She is based in New York.

Joel Withrow, Indiewire’s most recent hire as Online Producer, oversees our ever-growing intersection of tech and editorial. The former arts editor for online newsletter Flavorpill, he recently received his his MS in journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill, where he was a Carnegie-Knight Fellow. He’s in our Los Angeles office.

The Sundance 2012 Team

As to who’s here: Along with Peter Knegt, Eric Kohn, Nigel Smith, James Israel and myself, we also have longtime contributor Bryce Renninger, who oversees Indiewire’s popular Project of the Day series, and freelance writer Jason Guerrasio. The former managing editor of Filmmaker Magazine, Guerrasio will be covering breaking news for Indiewire during the festival.

From the Indiewire Blog Network, you’ll also see Indiewire editor at large Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood, writers from The Playlist, Tambay Obenson from Shadow & Act, Sydney Levine of Sydney’s Buzz and Anthony Kaufman of ReelPolitik.

And from SnagFilms, our extraordinarily supportive parent company, we have CEO Rick Allen, COO Stephanie Sharis, acquisitions chief Andrew Mer and his team of Liz Cook and Brandon Allen.

Finally, I’ll end by saying that I feel incredibly lucky to work with so many smart, talented, fun and dedicated people. Thanks for reading what we do.

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