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McCarthy Moves to THR; TOH Stays Put

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 7, 2010 at 1:20AM

Todd McCarthy is going to Janice Min's new iteration of The Hollywood Reporter as their new lead film reviewer. I am happy for him. He's a great critic, but making the adjustment from 30 years of working with a Variety support system to the independence of a blog was tough for him. I look forward to reading his THR reviews. Kirk Honeycutt, who has served as THR critic for decades, is being redefined as the trade's international critic.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Todd McCarthy is going to Janice Min's new iteration of The Hollywood Reporter as their new lead film reviewer. I am happy for him. He's a great critic, but making the adjustment from 30 years of working with a Variety support system to the independence of a blog was tough for him. I look forward to reading his THR reviews. Kirk Honeycutt, who has served as THR critic for decades, is being redefined as the trade's international critic.

Meanwhile, TOH is staying put. I am doubling down on indieWIRE. As we prepare to bid farewell to site founder Eugene Hernandez, who starts his new gig as digital strategy director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 1, I have committed to joining SnagFilms CEO Richard Allen in the search for the right editor-in-chief to build on indieWIRE's strong DNA and potential for growth. I believe in indieWIRE and its vital mission to support 'filmmakers, biz, fans,' which will continue under managing editor and ten-year indieWIRE vet Brian Brooks and his staff. I look forward to helping to take indieWIRE into the future. UPDATE: Here's IW's announcement of my new role as indieWIRE's editor at large.

"We were really glad to have been able to offer Todd an entrepreneurial home when he needed one," says Allen, "but completely understand his desire to return to his roots with a publisher like The Hollywood Reporter, and we wish him well."

"It was terrific to work with Todd this year in Cannes, Telluride and over the last few months," says Hernandez. "I'm glad that indieWIRE could provide him a home in the wake of his departure from Variety and as he served on the selection committee at the New York Film Festival this past summer. Todd's expressed a terrific, personal voice that has been exciting to read while he was with us at indieWIRE. The whole team here at iW wish him nothing but the best."


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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.