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Matt Bean Makes Changes at Entertainment Weekly

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 22, 2014 at 11:13AM

New Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, a Time Inc. Sport Illustrated editorial star who took over from Jess Cagle (who now runs People), is making changes. Gone is critic Owen Gleiberman, replaced by younger staffers like Chris Nashawaty.
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Orphan Black 2014 Entertainment Weekly cover

New Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, a Time Inc. Sport Illustrated editorial star who took over from Jess Cagle (who now runs People), is making changes. Gone is film critic Owen Gleiberman, replaced by younger staffers like Chris Nashawaty. 

Last week, Bean imported Kyle Ryan of The Onion A.V. Club to run EW.com. Like many publications, dwindling print sales and ads still bring in more revenue than the burgeoning website, which is successful in its own right. And in a staff memo Monday, Bean revealed more hires and promotions: Bean promoted two assistant managing editors to executive editor: Sean Smith (who put in time at Premiere and Newsweek) now runs film, and seven-year veteran Meeta Agrawal runs television. EW's executive editor for integrated content, Kristen Baldwin, has been promoted to deputy editor, taking over for Henry Goldblatt who joined Cagle at People.

The question is whether the print edition so resembles the traffic-friendly quick short blasts that work well on the web that it ceases to be readable. I did like the recent combination of BBC America's "Orphan Black" cover girl Tatiana Maslany with a list (natch) of "127 Criminally Underrated Shows Movies Albums Books & Games."  

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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.