Editor in Chief
Dana Harris-Bridson is a veteran journalist who has covered the entertainment industry for more than 25 years. She joined IndieWire as its editor in chief in 2012, and has overseen its growth from an indie film site to one that covers film and TV in all forms, and platforms, with a strong focus on issues relating to diversity and inclusion. You can follow her @TheKnife.
Publisher & VP, Sales
James Israel is the Publisher of IndieWire. He is responsible for all IndieWire revenue, overseeing advertising and sponsorship in addition to leading sales development and business strategies. Under his leadership, IndieWire has seen record revenue growth in the entertainment, consumer, awards, and event space. He began his career at IndieWire in 2001 as Managing Editor for IndieWire’s daily coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. Originally from South Carolina, James is based in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in New York, IndieWire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson 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, launched in 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. A graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, she has taught film criticism at USC and hosts the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension. In 2014, HarperCollins published her book, “The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System.” Follow her @akstanwyck.
VP, Editorial Strategy & Executive Editor
Eric Kohn is the New York–based VP, Editorial Strategy & Executive Editor at IndieWire, where he has worked since 2007. He oversees a range of IndieWire initiatives, including educational initiatives, events, and long-lead stories. He covers the industry, travels to film festivals around the globe, and interviews a wide range of film and TV talent. Additionally, he co-hosts the weekly podcast “Screen Talk” with Anne Thompson. He previously served as Executive Editor and Chief Critic, managing operations for IndieWire’s New York film team and reviewing films throughout the year. He is a co-founder of the Critics Academy initiative, a series of educational workshops for aspiring entertainment journalists, and teaches film criticism at NYU. He served as the 2018-19 chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and as a member of the jury for Critics Week at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Prior to joining IndieWire, Eric contributed to the New York Times and other outlets. Follow him @erickohn.
Executive Editor, Film
Kate Erbland is the New York–based Executive Editor, Film at IndieWire, where she writes and edits daily for the site. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the site’s film team, her work places a special emphasis on female filmmakers, in-depth interviews, and awards season coverage. She has worked at IndieWire since 2015. Her previous work can be found at Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, The Dissolve, Vulture, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, amNY, MTV.com, Details.com, Film School Rejects, MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and Film.com. She has served on juries and nominating committees for the Gothams, the Critics Choice Awards, the Cinema Eye Honors, DOC NYC, the Sarasota Film Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of the NYFCC and the BFCA. Follow her @katerbland.
Executive Editor, Crafts & Special Projects
Chris runs IndieWire’s Film & TV Craft department and hosts the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. Previously, he covered the indie and doc film beat for The Hollywood Reporter. When he’s not writing about the innovation of today’s leading filmmakers, Chris is helping train the next (and hopefully more diverse) generation of filmmakers through a non-profit he co-founded in NYCHA’s Gowanus Houses. Follow @cofalt.
Executive Managing Editor
Christian Blauvelt is the Executive Managing Editor of IndieWire. In addition to overseeing operations for IndieWire’s news team, he’s responsible for editorial standards, strategy, traffic growth, and broader organizational goals. Blauvelt is a frequent presence on TV and is the author of “Cinematic Cities: The Big Apple on the Big Screen” about New York City’s history in movies for Hachette’s Running Press imprint and TCM, as well as “Hollywood Victory,” about the American film industry’s role in World War II. In 2021 he won a Southern California Journalism Award from the LA Press Club. Before joining IndieWire, he was Deputy Editor at BBC Culture. He’s given talks and led panels at South by Southwest and San Diego Comic-Con and has been a regular moderator of post-screening Q&As for BAFTA and SAG-AFTRA. Follow him at @Ctblauvelt.
Executive Editor, TV
Erin Strecker is the Executive Editor, TV, at IndieWire where she leads all television coverage. Prior to joining IndieWire, she was the Entertainment Editor at Mashable for several years, covering all things television, film, books, and more. She was also previously a writer for Billboard and Entertainment Weekly. When she’s not binge-watching television shows, you’ll find her excitedly telling you all about new Broadway musicals as a member of the Outer Critics Circle. Follow her @ErinStrecker.
Executive Editor, Business
Tony Maglio is the Executive Editor, Business, at IndieWire. Previously, he worked his way up from intern to TV Editor at Hollywood trade publication TheWrap. Tony holds master’s degrees in both journalism (The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism) and business (Monmouth University). Prior to embarking on a reporting career, Tony was an accounting and finance professional. Follow him @tonymaglio.
Deputy Managing Editor
Ryan Lattanzio is the Deputy Managing Editor for IndieWire. He has written about film for more than a decade, having previously served as IndieWire’s Weekend Editor, and, before that, Staff Writer/Editor for the IW blog Thompson on Hollywood, covering festivals including Cannes, Toronto, and Sundance. He also served four years as Editor of Communications at the American Film Institute, supervising AFI’s editorial production and authoring books on such luminaries as Diane Keaton and John Williams. Previously, he wrote for Bay Area newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Bay Guardian, and was The Daily Californian’s Film Critic. He holds a BA in English Literature. Follow him @ryanlattanzio.
Deputy Editor, TV
Ben Travers is the Deputy Editor, TV and TV Critic at IndieWire, where he writes reviews, covers the most prominent festivals, and provides extensive awards analysis related to today’s vital television projects. Prior to joining IndieWire, Ben served as an Assistant Editor of PopMatters for nearly five years, worked as a production assistant for Walt Disney Pictures, and copy-edited various publications. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Ben holds degrees in both journalism and cinema. Follow him @BenTTravers.
Chief Film Critic
David is the Chief Film Critic of IndieWire. Previously, he worked as a Staff Writer at Rolling Stone, the Associate Film Editor of Time Out New York, the Editor-at-Large of Little White Lies Magazine, and the Senior Editor of Film.com. As a freelancer writer, he has contributed to Slate, Vanity Fair, the Guardian, the Dissolve, the A.V. Club, and other outlets. He co-hosts the Fighting in the War Room podcast, and his annual video countdowns of the year’s best films have been viewed more than 2 million times. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow @davidehrlich.
Film Business Reporter
Chris Lindahl is the Los Angeles-based film business reporter at IndieWire. His previous work included coverage of politics, marijuana policy, higher education, and LGBTQ issues in Southern California and in Massachusetts, where he’s originally from. He is generally impressed by quality fast food, good beer, and even better dogs. Follow him @cmlindahl.
Associate Craft Editor
Sarah Shachat is a writer from New Orleans, now living in New York City. She is an Associate Editor of the Craft department, where she looks at the artistic choices behind building great television series and films. She also helps produce the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast and other special projects.
Samantha is the News Editor at IndieWire. She previously worked as a TV writer for E! Online, and freelanced for Cosmopolitan, POPSUGAR, TV Insider, and The Dipp. A Bay Area native and graduate of New York University, Sam holds degrees in both journalism and cinema studies. Follow her @sambergrig.
Christian Zilko is IndieWire’s Los Angeles-based Weekend Editor. A lifelong cinephile and sitcom junkie, he began his career as an editorial intern at IndieWire. He went on to work for JamBase, and held various positions in the music industry before returning to his roots in film. He holds a BFA from Emerson College. Follow him @TangledUpInNews
Kristen Lopez has been an entertainment writer, film critic and pop culture essayist for 12 years. Her work has been published on Forbes, MTV, and The Hollywood Reporter, among other places. She holds a Masters in English from California State University, Sacramento. In her free time she podcasts and spends her days binging on Turner Classic Movies.
Jude Dry is a New York–based Associate Editor for IndieWire, where they write daily for the site with a focus on LGBTQ film and television. Jude was a fellow of the 2013 New York Film Festival Critics Academy, when they first began writing for IndieWire. Their previous work can be found at Variety, Splitsider, FilmLinc, and Teachers & Writers Magazine. Jude lives life like Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Follow Jude @jdry.
Associate Editor, TV
Steve Greene is the Los Angeles–based Associate Editor at IndieWire. Steve has covered film festivals up and down the West Coast, from Vancouver to Palm Springs. He’s also moderated a number of panels and post-screening discussions around his adopted hometown of Los Angeles. When he’s not consuming unhealthy amounts of pop culture, Steve is an occasional performer, baseball-game attendee, and trivia team member. Follow Steve @stevebruin.
Box Office Editor
Tom Brueggemann comes to box office analysis after a multi-decade career as a film buyer based in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The range of theaters for which he bought film includes major chains, leading specialized theaters, drive-ins. This followed running a leading film group at Northwestern University, from which he graduated with a B.A. in political science before graduate school there in film studies. In addition he has worked with film festivals, including for many years screening for Sundance and also head of programming for the Carmel International Film Festival. He currently lives with his pet family in Palm Springs, California, and can be reached @tombrueggemann.
Crafts & Animation Editor
Bill Desowitz, the Crafts & Animation Editor at IndieWire, specializes in below-the-line coverage, with an emphasis on Oscar and Emmy Awards season reporting/analysis. He is also responsible for the former Immersed in Movies blog and author of “James Bond Unmasked,” featuring interviews with all six Bond actors. He previously served as editor of Animation World Network and VFXWorld and managing editor of Animation Magazine. Follow @billdesowitz.
Azwan Badruzaman is a Los Angeles filmmaker/musician. Originally from Amherst MA, Azwan got his start at an early age at the local public access station, Amherst Media. A prolific creator, he has produced sketches, short films, and music videos, working with various companies such as Creative Suspect, Silver Sail Entertainment and the NBCU digital team. In his free time, Azwan enjoys singing (badly) to his fiancé, reading comics and working on creative projects. You can follow him @azwanicus.
Social Media Manager
Vincent Perella is the Social Media Manager at IndieWire. Born and raised outside of Boston, and a graduate of Suffolk University, he has helped run social media content and strategy at Boston Magazine, The New York Times, ODDA Magazine, and Vice. An obnoxious consumer of copious amounts of anything film and television related, Vincent strives to put a spotlight on content that has a rich story to tell and a clear message for the world.
VP, Special Projects & Partnerships
Jason Gonzalez is the New York–based Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships for IndieWire. He handles ad-sales campaigns and sponsorships ranging from theatrical and DVD releases to awards season and filmmaker-centric initiatives. Prior to joining IndieWire, Jason was at IFC Films, where he served as the Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, working on a diverse slate of theatrical and VOD releases, including Cristian Mungiu’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days,” Gus Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park,” Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg,” Madonna’s “Filth and Wisdom,” and Ken Loach’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”
Senior Manager, Entertainment Sales
Gillian Garcia is the New York–based Senior Sales Planner at IndieWire, where she coordinates with clients to arrange all of IndieWire’s ad sales. Gillian recently received her B.A. from Barnard College, where she studied History and Spanish. Gillian has held past internships at the Shark Group, Eleven James, and Latina Magazine. She’s a New Jersey native who loves anything that has to do with Tony Soprano, 20th century Europe, and dogs.
*Portraits for Dana Harris-Bridson, James Israel, Jason Gonzalez, Anne Thompson, and Ben Travers were taken by photographer Daniel Bergeron.