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Media Watch: Brian Brooks Returns To New York as Managing Editor, But Not at Deadline

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 9, 2012 at 9:12PM

When veteran managing editor Brian Brooks left Indiewire in January to move to Los Angeles, he was hired by Deadline editrix Nikki Finke to be her west coast editor. Well, three months later, Brooks is back in his Manhattan apartment (which he never let go).
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Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez
Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez

When veteran managing editor Brian Brooks left Indiewire in January to move to Los Angeles, he was hired by Deadline editrix Nikki Finke to be her west coast editor. Well, three months later, Brooks is back in his Manhattan apartment (which he never let go). And while he's still working for Deadline owner Jay Penske, as a managing editor, he's no longer at Deadline.

Finke says that Brooks was homesick for New York, where Movieline happened to have some openings. "He's a great piece of manpower and there was no way the parent company was going to let him go," she says. "It worked out well, he will fit their needs. It's a win-win for everybody."

Actually, I think Brooks will be happier at Movieline, which could use some new blood, and I wish him well. He starts his new gig Tuesday. For the time being, Brooks will continue to supply Finke with indie box office reports. Finke has two other L.A. hires in mind, which she may announce as early as this week.

They'd better have tough skins. Finke has had better luck maintaining her writing stable, led by work-at-home newshounds Mike Fleming and Nellie Andreeva and awards blogger Pete Hammond, than getting along with senior pros such as ex-Daily Variety editor Michael Speier (who also moved to Movieline and eventually, to Disney) and ex-LAT publishing exec Lynne Segall (who went to The Hollywood Reporter).

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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.