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Media Make Moves: NYT Loses Stelter to CNN, Adds Hoberman, Deadline Adapts to Finke's Departure

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2013 at 1:29PM

There's lots of movement in the media ranks. And the trend of star brands leaving their established digs to become bigger stars for someone else continues apace. The New York Times has lost another media star. Following the departure of online-brands Nate Silver to ESPN and tech columnist David Pogue to Yahoo, now blogger-turned-NYT newsman Brian Stelter is heading to CNN.
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Brian Stelter
Brian Stelter

There's lots of movement in the media ranks. And the trend of star brands leaving their established digs so that other media outlets can make them even bigger continues apace. 

A.O. Scott and J. Hoberman
A.O. Scott and J. Hoberman

The New York Times has lost yet another media star. Following the departure of online-brands Nate Silver to ESPN and tech columnist David Pogue to Yahoo, now blogger-turned-NYT newsman Brian Stelter is heading to CNN, he tweeted today at @brianstelter: 

"I'm joining @CNN as the network's senior media correspondent and the host of "Reliable Sources...That means: I'll be reporting every day for CNN, CNNI, http://CNN.com , and it'll all flow into @CNNReliable on Sundays. I've been at the @nytimes since college so it's surreal to be leaving. I've learned everything here. To my colleagues: thank you."

Along with his media columnist colleague David Carr, social media junkie Stelter was made more famous by "Page One," a documentary set at the NY Times. Under new chief Jeff Zucker, CNN has been changing its profile as it struggles to draw viewers"CNN is reimagining media coverage at what is the best time ever to be covering media," states the CNN press release. More details here.

Hero Complex's Geoff Boucher and Chris Nolan
Hero Complex's Geoff Boucher and Chris Nolan

Meanwhile NY TImes executive editor Jill Abramson has moved out former Adam Moss deputy Hugo Lindgren as editor of the New York Times Magazine. So that key job is open for the moment. (Will he rejoin Moss at New York?) And with star NYT DVD columnist Dave Kehr moving to his new film curator digs at MoMA, the NYT has turned to ex-Village Voice critic Jim Hoberman to take over. Fabulous choice. 

LA Times Calendar staffer Nicole Sperling has gone back to EW, where Sean Smith has returned from a Peace Corps stint in South Africa and is now one of EW editor Jess Cagle's assistant managing editors. Sperling replaces Senior Writer Geoff Boucher, the Hero Complex star who left the LAT to go to EW, where he launched the successful Capetown genre vertical, but left in September to pursue various entrepreneurial ventures (stay tuned). Right now he is co-writing with Roy Thomas a "75 Years of Marvel" book, a counterpart in size, price and ambition to the Taschen DC Comics book by Paul Levitz.   

Katey Rich
Katey Rich

The future of a Nikki Finke-free Deadline is up in the air, as respected New York newshound Mike Fleming, now writing the Sunday box office on top of his other duties, spends more time in Los Angeles. He hopes that owner Jay Penske will keep the breaking news blog separate from Variety. We shall see how that plays out. Deadline is packed with stories, many of which are plants and press releases, which may account for some of the site's drop in traffic against Variety's post-firewall rise. We hear that Deadline's looking to hire some writers. The Wrap editor Sharon Waxman's statistical analysis of what Finke meant to Deadline is worth a read. 

The constant churn at The Wrap continues as the online trade's sole media columnist, Sara Morrison, returns to work with editor Gabriel Snyder at The Atlantic Wire. And starting in December, tweets @KateyRich, the New York-based Cinema Blend star will be running the Hollywood section at Vanity Fair's website. Which leaves a juicy gig open at Cinema Blend. 

Apatow, De Niro, and Fleming
Apatow, De Niro, and Fleming

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.