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Harris Joins IndieWIRE as Editor-in-Chief, Starts January 1

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 9, 2010 at 10:23AM

I am pleased to introduce indieWIRE's second editor-in-chief, Dana Harris. We worked side by side at Variety for two years when she was editor of Variety.com. Before that I had followed her journalism career as a respected staff reporter at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Harris first earned her indie bonafides as managing editor of the Independent Film and Video Monthly. The reason Harris landed this sought-after position? Of all the impressive folks who went after it, Harris was the only one to fulfil all three of the essential skill sets necessary to step into the big shoes left by departing founder Eugene Hernandez (now digital director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center).
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Thompson on Hollywood

I am pleased to introduce indieWIRE's second editor-in-chief, Dana Harris. We worked side by side at Variety for two years when she was editor of Variety.com. Before that I had followed her journalism career as a respected staff reporter at Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Harris first earned her indie bonafides as managing editor of the Independent Film and Video Monthly. The reason Harris landed this sought-after position? Of all the impressive folks who went after it, Harris was the only one to fulfil all three of the essential skill sets necessary to step into the big shoes left by departing founder Eugene Hernandez (now digital director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center).

IW's new editor-in-chief needed to have journalism chops and cred (check), share the indieWIRE mission for building and supporting the independent film community (check), and be expert and forward-thinking about online publishing (check). I can attest that Harris is brilliant on all of those fronts. I look forward to working with her as we shape and grow the IW Blog Network and head to cover together yet again Sundance, Cannes and beyond.

By building on the core DNA that drives indieWIRE as well as the editorial team led by Brian Brooks that continues to carry on the IW mandate, Harris will, I am sure, lead the burgeoning IW into a bright future.


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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.