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Media Watch: EW Grads Seed the Publishing Landscape

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 16, 2014 at 9:16PM

As Time Inc. separates from Time Warner, Entertainment Weekly may no longer be at the top of its game, under former Sports Illustrated digital editor Matt Bean, who replaced Jess Cagle after he was bumped upstairs to run Time Inc.'s relatively robust People Magazine. But EW alumnae are all over the media landscape. EW writer Josh Rottenberg is joining the LA Times to replace ex-LA Times senior film reporter John Horn, now learning how to be a daily radio host at KPCC FM.
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Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike on the January 17, 2014, edition of EW
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike on the January 17, 2014, edition of EW

As Time Inc. separates from Time Warner, Entertainment Weekly may no longer be at the top of its game, under former Sports Illustrated digital editor Matt Bean, who replaced Jess Cagle after he was bumped upstairs to run Time Inc.'s relatively robust People Magazine. But EW alumnae are all over the media landscape. 

EW writer Josh Rottenberg is joining the LA Times to replace ex-LA Times senior film reporter John Horn, now learning how to be a daily radio host at KPCC FM. Writer Nicole Sperling, on the other hand, preferred to leave the LAT to return to her old digs at EW. Alumnus Doug Brod just took over as editor-in-chief of TV Guide, with ex-Variety TV editor Michael Schneider as his executive editor. (He in turn is filling in for Horn at Kim Masters' weekly KCRW radio show The Business, along with THR news editor Matt Belloni.) 

EW has also seeded the publishing world with book authors, among them Anthony Breznican ("brutal youth," a nasty high school novel), Mark Harris ("Five Came Back," the story of five Hollywood directors during World War II), and most famously, Gillian Flynn, whose third novel "Gone Girl" is about to be a fall movie directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck. One advantage the EW authors have: coverage in the magazine. 

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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.