David Ehrlich announced via Twitter this afternoon
that he has been removed as editor of the Viacom-owned website Film.com, effective at the end of the day. Ehrlich emailed this statement to Criticwire:
You could say that I was fired, but I prefer to say that I've been invited
into the illustrious company of luminaries such as Jesse Camp, several
now-twentysomething moms, and the entire cast of Undressed ...as
someone who has been fired by MTV. I guess either way you kinda have to
say that I was fired.
a year to the day since I was hired as Senior Editor of Film.com, I
have been the opposite of that. In all sincerity, it's been a rare and
terrific pleasure to run the site, even if it was immediately clear to
me that Film.com had a somewhat tenuous place in MTV's strategy for the
future, though I must stress that I have been told precisely nothing
about what that strategy might entail. Also, it must be said that MTV
explicitly permitted me to run their corporate entity with almost
absolute autonomy. For all of the hurdles that come along with working
in a building that made coming to work feel like I was LARPing Tati's Playtime, I was effectively allowed to do whatever I wanted. Perhaps I
would have traded a pinch of freedom for some more support, but I never
took for granted how special an opportunity this was.
course, the true credit for that belongs to my wonderful team of
writers, of whom I am unspeakably proud. Film.com hasn't been a
different site because it was permitted to be, it's been different
because it had the people capable of making it that way. Truly relying
on the quality of the content is not a viable option for many websites,
and it may not have been a winning one for me, but I genuinely believe
that Film.com was a unique and vital place because of it. This
has been the most insanely stressful and rewarding year of my life, and
I will always be grateful to my writers for making that possible, and
to the job for making it possible for me to know them.
same goes to the kind and generous Kevin Polowy, who hired me and now
works at Yahoo! Ditto Kase Wickman and Craig Flaster, who made it a
pleasure to go into bloody Times Square every day. I also have to thank
Joe Hughes, John Lianoglou, Eric Ditzian, Kevin Sullivan, Josh Horowitz,
Brooke Tarnoff, and everyone else with whom I worked at Viacom,
especially the endlessly patient cafeteria crew, and ESPECIALLY the
gentleman at the lobby coffee stand who just this morning anticipated my
order for the very first time.
to be said, my writing and / or editorial services (of both the text
and video variety) are available, and those interested can reach me at email@example.com.
I have non-refundable airfare and accommodations for the entire length
of the Berlinale next week, and with it lots of potential coverage that
could use a home!
And like every piece I wrote for Film.com, this is now way too long.
It's been great. Onwards. - d
THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2013: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from david Ehrlich on Vimeo.