February is early for bragging rights, but Indiewire achieved some great stuff in 2012 and we have even more planned for 2013.
Last year, we:
Started paying attention to TV. With the help of Alison Willmore, we began covering the art and craft of great TV, offering sharp, smart content for film and TV fans, industry, and filmmakers. Now Alison’s our newest full-time staffer, overseeing our coverage of network, cable and online content. And we’re expanding with more recaps, breaking news, and critical reaction covering the latest episodes of your favorite shows.
Relaunched Criticwire. Under the editorial leadership of head film critic and senior editor Eric Kohn, our hub for the best in critical voices got a boost with a major facelift and the Criticwire blog, overseen by Matt Singer. The Criticwire Network now stands at nearly 500 members and we’re looking forward to bringing you more advanced surveys that provide critics’ takes on film festivals, awards season and other tentpole events; expanding our Critics’ Academy and moving into critical examination of the best shows on television.
Got mobile. We (finally!) launched our iPhone/Android app. Now we’re working on making it even better: Product manager Joel Withrow is working on a completely revamped app for your iPhone and our first app for the iPad, plus a mobile-friendly Indiewire website.
All well and good. But it’s only a sample of what you’ll get in 2013.
Trailer of the Week. Our newly launched trailers page rounds up all the latest chatter about new trailers, but it’s not just another collection of previews. Our Trailer of the Week feature, updated each week and currently sponsored by Sony Pictures Classics, singles out a new trailer worth your time and tells you why. All trailers try to sell us something, but some stand on their own. Check out the first few installments here.
More home entertainment. There’s more movies available on more platforms than ever before, and Indiewire wants to make sure you can find the best films whether they’re on VOD, Blu-Ray, download, or streaming. Now all of our Criticwire film pages tell you where you can stream or purchase every film, as well as ticketing links to check showtimes. Or, if you’re looking for something to watch, you can set filters on Criticwire for your platform of choice. We’ll also be tracking the top titles, telling you what the best sellers are across all formats.
The Indiewire Influencers. This summer, we’ll be announcing our first-ever list of Indiewire Influencers — the individuals and companies who are shaping, empowering and disrupting the indie film world. Lots more to come on this one; stay tuned for details.
More Tech, more Filmmaker Toolkit. From DSLRs to crowdfunding, technology is increasingly inseparable from filmmaking and we want to represent that on Indiewire. So look for an expanded Filmmaker Toolkit that includes coverage of the latest in cameras, apps, websites and other tools that make it easier to make and watch movies, We’ll continue to expand Filmmaker Toolkit coverage to offer the best resources for emerging and veteran filmmakers.
What do you think? Did we miss anything? Any ideas for what you’d like to see on Indiewire this year? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at email@example.com, and we’ll get right back to you.
As always, thanks for reading Indiewire.
Editor in chief and General Manger