Born and raised in New York, 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.
Sophia Savage, in addition to being a staff writer for Thompson on Hollywood! and indieWIRE since 2009, is an actor and filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in film and theater from Smith College. Follow her on Twitter.
Beth Hanna is a cinephile and film writer living in Los Angeles, with a master’s degree in cinema and media studies from UCLA. She previously worked in the film programming department at the American Cinematheque, where she programmed the Cinematheque’s first-ever Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Luis Buñuel retrospectives in 2012; and at AFI FEST 2009 and 2010, where she oversaw the screen education program, screening a selection of festival titles for middle- and high-school students from across Los Angeles. You can follow Beth on Twitter, and read her film and TV reviews and features at Thompson on Hollywood.
Matt Brennan graduated from USC in 2009 with a B.A. in film studies and history. After teaching English for two years at a school for at-risk teens in rural Louisiana, he is pursuing a Ph.D in American history and filing a weekly column, “Now and Then,” for Thompson on Hollywood. His writing has also appeared in L.A. Weekly, Bright Lights Film Journal, and on his own blog, The Filmgoer. He lives in New Orleans.
Tom Brueggemann intended to study journalism at Northwestern University before an obsession with film took him in a different direction. He began his career in exhibition running a weekday film program as he studied political science and graduate film studies. Until recently he worked as a film buyer in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, specializing in art house venues. He currently consults for multiple film festivals.
Jacob Combs was born and raised in Los Angeles, where his mom—a former screenwriter—and his dad—a gaffer—gave him one piece of advice: don't go into show business. Following in his parents' footsteps (but ignoring their wise suggestion), he has done just that. He lives and writes for TOH in New York City, where he also works as a script supervisor at Blue Sky Studios. His writing on politics and marriage equality can be read on the Huffington Post and the blog Equality on Trial, where he is a contributor and co-editor.
Amy Dawes writes regularly about film and television for publications including Directors Guild Quarterly, Emmy Magazine and The LA Times. She is a former senior features editor and film reviewer at Variety, where she covered the independent film and festival scene beginning in the early ‘90s. She lives in Los Angeles, where she graduated from USC with a master’s degree in professional writing.
Bill Desowitz specializes in animation/VFX/tech/below-the-line movie coverage. He is a former senior editor of AWN and editor of sister site VFXWorld. He also runs his blog, Immersed in Movies. He published his book, James Bond Unmasked, chronicling the evolution of 007 from Connery to Craig, published in honor of the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
Terry Curtis Fox is a playwright and screenwriter. His television career includes writing for "Hill Street Blues," "Diagnosis Murder," "Sweet Justice," and the Showtime series "The Hunger," for which he served as co-show runner. His most recent feature, "A Very Simple Crime" (a collaboration with Nicholas Kazan) is to be directed by Barbet Schroeder. He is the co-author of the Miramax feature "Fortress" and the HBO movie "Perfect Witness." His plays include "Cops," "Justice," and "The Pornographer's Daughter." For many years he was a journalist; his criticism appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Village Voice, and Film Comment. He is currently an Associate Professor of screenwriting at Western Carolina University and has served as visiting faculty for the past three summers in the Tisch School’s Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. For nine years, Mr. Fox was on the Board of the WGA, west, and is now a member of WGAE.
Maggie Lange was born in Paris, raised in Washington DC, and currently lives in New York. At Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis about the changing portrayal of American cities in film from the 1940s to the 1960s. In addition to writing about movies, Maggie works as a researcher and script developer for documentaries. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in "Interview" magazine, the Providence "Phoenix," "Design Bureau," and "Washington City Paper." Follow her on Twitter.
Matt Mueller has previously edited two British movie magazines – "Total Film" and the UK edition of "Premiere" – and is now a Contributing Editor at "Total Film" and "Wonderland," as well as freelancing for "The Guardian," "The Sunday Times" and "Screen International"among others. Based in London, he covers the UK beat for Thompson on Hollywood.