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 Los Angeles–based Publisher and Vice President of Sales of IndieWire. He began his career at the company in 2001 as Managing Editor for IndieWire’s coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. James oversees advertising/sponsorship revenue in addition to leading sales development and business strategies. Also a filmmaker, James has had his films screen at numerous festivals, including South by Southwest, the Hamptons International Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and more.
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.
Eric Kohn is the New York–based Deputy 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 2017 chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and a member of the jury for Critics Week at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Follow him @erickohn.
Michael Schneider is the Executive Editor of IndieWire, Editor-at-Large of Variety, and a contributor to Los Angeles public radio station KCRW, where he hosts The Spin-Off, a podcast about the TV industry, and contributes to the Business and Press Play. Prior to that, he was the Chief Content Officer for TV Guide Magazine, where he helped launch the website TV Insider. With more than 20 years experience covering TV business, Schneider often appears on news and entertainment shows as a television expert and moderates panels with industry execs, showrunners, and talent. He also served as judge on a Fox Reality Channel show you probably didn’t see. Before TV Guide Magazine, he spent 12 years as TV editor of Variety and Daily Variety, and was the LA bureau chief for the weekly TV trade publication Electronic Media (later known as Television Week).
William Earl is the New York–based Digital Director of IndieWire. Prior to joining the team, William worked for PMC (IndieWire’s parent company) as Senior Digital Editor, where he consulted on digital editorial strategy for brands such as Variety, Deadline, WWD, and BGR. Prior to his work at PMC corporate, he was the Executive Editor of HollywoodLife.com, the company’s largest property, which has a focus on celebrity news. In his free time, William is an obsessive devotee of Kanye West, Stephen King, and Adult Swim. Follow him @beautifulbill.
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.
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 obviously lives in Brooklyn.
Chris is the editor and reporter for Indiewire’s Filmmaker 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.
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.
Liz Shannon Miller is the Los Angeles–based TV Editor of Indiewire, and has been talking on the internet about television since the very beginnings of the internet. After studying film at USC, she worked for two years as a staff writer on G4’s Attack of the Show, wrote dialogue for the U.S. Army, covered the online video world as a tech reporter, served as web editor at Variety, and has been published by the New York Times, Comedy Central, the Wrap, Nerve, and Thought Catalog. She is also a produced playwright, a host of podcasts, and a repository of “X-Files” trivia. Follow her @lizlet.
Ben Travers is the Los Angeles–based TV Critic at Indiewire, where he covers breaking news, writes reviews, and provides extensive awards analysis related to today’s vital television projects. Prior to joining IndieWwire, 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. He is also an action movie aficionado with a soft spot for Sylvester Stallone. Follow him @BenTTravers.
Michael Nordine is the Los Angeles–based Weekend Editor of IndieWire. He previously served as Film Copy-Editor of LA Weekly, where he was also a freelance film critic for several years; he has had bylines in the Village Voice, VICE, the Wrap, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post as well. Michael received a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Bennington College and an M.A. in Film Studies from Chapman University. He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and can be found on Twitter @slowbeard.
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.
Jenna Marotta is IndieWire’s Los Angeles–based film reporter, contributing breaking and investigative news, plus festival and awards coverage. She previously spent five years freelancing for New York magazine and its verticals, and has also written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, the Hollywood Reporter, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Backstage, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, VICE, Broadly, Playboy, Fortune, Thrillist, Chicago Magazine, the Time Out franchise, the New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. While studying journalism and history at New York University, she interned for two seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” Follow her @jennamarotta.
Jude Dry is a New York–based reporter 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 “Singing in the Rain.”
Steve Greene is the Los Angeles–based Special Projects Editor 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.
Jamie Righetti is the New York–based Social Media Coordinator at IndieWire, where she manages the site’s social networks. She also contributes occasional editorials, interviews, and reviews. Born and raised in New York City, Jamie is a graduate of Columbia University, and prior to joining IndieWire, she wrote for CNN, Film School Rejects, Slash Film, Bitch Flicks, Daily Grindhouse, and others. She has also worked for BBC Worldwide and Sesame Street. Her first novel, “Beechwood Park,” is currently available on Amazon. Follow her @JamieRighetti.
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.
Jason Gonzalez is the New York–based Director of Sales & Sponsorships 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 IndieWwire, 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.”
Gillian Garcia is the New York–based 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.
Timothy Smith is the Los Angeles-based Integrated Sales & Marketing Specialist. Prior to joining IndieWire, he worked as an Ad Ops Trafficker for the Warner Bros.Theatrical account at Merkle for most of the 2017 releases. A native New Yorker (Staten Islander) and cinephile (with a proclivity for indie film, British period drama, horror/ slasher flicks and anything with Jessica Chastain), Timothy received his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He relocated to Los Angeles Summer 2013. Outside of work, Timothy is an avid yogi (he was certified to teach power vinyasa Summer 2011), meditator and world traveler (most recent adventure being South Africa – December 2016).
*Portraits for Dana Harris, James Israel, Anne Thompson, Ben Travers and Steve Greene were taken by photographer Daniel Bergeron.