Editor in Chief
Dana Harris is the Los Angeles–based Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of IndieWire. She’s covered the film industry for nearly two decades, including 11 years at Variety in roles that included film reporter, creating lifestyle section Variety Weekend, and editor of Variety.com. You can follow her @TheKnife.
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. Follow her @akstanwyck.
Executive Editor, Film & Chief Critic
Eric Kohn is the New York–based Executive Editor & Chief Critic at IndieWire, where he has worked since 2007. In addition to overseeing operations for IndieWire’s New York film team, he reviews numerous films throughout the year, oversees festival strategy, and reports on the industry. Kohn travels to film festivals around the globe, interviews filmmakers. and managed IndieWire’s network for professional film critics, the Criticwire Network. He also launched the Critics Academy initiative, a series of educational workshops for aspiring entertainment journalists, and teaches film criticism at NYU. Prior to joining IndieWire, Eric contributed to the New York Times and other outlets. He is the editor of “Harmony Korine: Interviews,” published by the University of Mississippi Press in 2014. He is the 2018 chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and served as a member of the jury for Critics Week at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Follow him @erickohn.
Executive Editor, TV
Ann Donahue is the Los Angeles-based Executive Editor, TV at IndieWire. She’s worked in entertainment journalism for more than 20 years, including at Entertainment Tonight, Billboard and Variety, and despite many misdirected gift baskets over time, she is still not the showrunner for “CSI.” A California native, she has a bachelor’s and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She currently resides in Altadena with her husband, her son and whatever wild animal has wandered into her yard from the Angeles National Forest overnight. Follow her at @anndonahue.
Christian Blauvelt is the New York-based Managing Editor of IndieWire as of October 2018. In addition to overseeing operations for IndieWire’s New York and Los Angeles-based news team, he’s responsible for editorial standards, strategy, traffic growth, and broader organizational goals. He’s also a regular on-air commentator on CBS New York, has appeared on Turner Classic Movies, and is the author of three books for DK and Lucasfilm Publishing: “Star Wars Made Easy,” “Be More Yoda,” and “Be More Vader.” Before joining IndieWire, he was Deputy Editor at BBC Culture for five years, during which time the site won two Webby Awards and he was named to Cablefax Magazine’s Overachievers Under 30 list. He’s given talks and led panels at South by Southwest and San Diego Comic-Con and is a regular moderator of post-screening Q&As for BAFTA New York and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Before BBC Culture, he worked at Entertainment Weekly. Follow him at @Ctblauvelt.
Deputy Editor, Film
Kate Erbland is the New York–based Film Editor of IndieWire, where she writes and edits daily for the site. Kate is a former Associate Editor of Film School Rejects, and her previous work can be found at Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, the Dissolve, ScreenCrush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, Bustle, Dame Magazine, Movies.com, Fandango, the Playlist, amNY, Vulture, MTV.com, Details.com, MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and Film.com. Follow her @katerbland.
Deputy Editor, TV
Ben Travers is the Los Angeles–based 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.
Senior Film Critic
David is the Senior 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.
Chris is the editor and reporter for IndieWire’s Toolkit. 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.
TV Awards Editor
Libby Hill is the TV Awards Editor for IndieWire, covering all things Emmys and beyond. Libby served as an entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times for nearly four years before joining Indiewire, and her previous work can be found at New York Times, NPR, Vulture, A.V. Club, Salon, and RogerEbert.com. A South Dakota native, Libby spends much of her time not talking about the weather and tripping over her cats. Follow her @midwestspitfire.
Hanh was most recently West Coast Executive Editor of TVGuide.com, where she spent more than five years spearheading coverage of events and high-profile shows. Before that, she was an Assistant Editor at Tribune Media Service’s Zap2it.com for eight years, contributing to the television, movie and pop-culture coverage for the website. Hanh has also freelanced for spots including LA Weekly, CNET, Gamespot, Tech Republic, TV.com, and IndieWire. Hanh is well versed in all things food, and is a bonus resource for any and all restaurant tips. Hanh also had a very brief career as a voiceover dubber for anime (in English). Follow her @Hanhonymous.
Tambay Obenson is a Los Angeles-based staff writer for IndieWire, where he focuses on African-American film and television. A veteran writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur, he founded the independent distributor Voyager Film Company in 2005, in response to the lack of distribution for indie films by and about people of African descent. Feature films distributed by the company include “Beautiful Things” (2005), which he wrote, directed, and co-starred in, and “The Man Who Couldn’t” (2006). In 2009, he teamed up with a number of black-cinema bloggers to create a single web portal for the cinema of Africa and its diaspora. That site, Shadow and Act, grew rapidly and as the site’s chief editor and writer in 2010 he co-founded the joint venture Shadow and Act Films, a film financing and production initiative. Tambay is also co-founder and co-curator of the renowned New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, which takes place annually at BAMCinematek in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him @TambayObenson.
Zack Sharf is the New York–based Staff Writer at IndieWire, where he is responsible for providing editorial support to the site’s team of editors. In this role, Zack contributes to the site’s daily news flow in addition to pitching larger editorial pieces and covering special events. Prior to joining IndieWire, he received his B.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College, where he worked the Boston press circuit for three years as Managing Editor of the school’s film organization, Reel Reactions. Zack has also worked in the web and editorial department of NYC’s leading news station, WABC-TV. He has a sweet spot for “Before Sunset,” black labs, Julianne Moore, and “The Iron Giant.” Follow him @ZSharf.
Jude Dry is a New York–based staff writer 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.”
Associate Editor, TV
Steve Greene is the Los Angeles–based staff writer at IndieWire. In addition to managing the Criticwire Network, 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.
Social Media Coordinator
Leah Lu is the Social Media Coordinator at IndieWire, where she manages the brand’s suite of social media accounts. She recently received her B.A. in Journalism and Integrated Media in Southern California, and has held previous internships at Uproxx, The Brooklyn Paper and The Hollywood Reporter. In her spare time, she is also an illustrator.
Bill Desowitz, the Crafts Editor at IndieWire, specializes in below-the-line and animation 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.
Managing Director, Strategic 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 Sales Planner
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.
McKenzie Callahan is the Los Angeles-based Sales Coordinator for IndieWire, where she works alongside the sales team to execute ad-sales campaigns, sponsorships and client relations. She recently graduated from The City College of New York with a B.A. degree in Media Communication and Arts. Prior to joining the IndieWire team, McKenzie worked for Condé Nast, where she was part of the advertising sales team for titles including Vogue, GQ and W Magazine. McKenzie was born and raised in New York, where she discovered her love for music, entertainment, and good food.
*Portraits for Dana Harris, James Israel, Jason Gonzalez, Anne Thompson, and Ben Travers were taken by photographer Daniel Bergeron.