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Meet Criticwire's New Editor and Head Writer, Sam Adams

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 3, 2013 at 9:00AM

Indiewire has named Sam Adams to take over as Criticwire blog editor and head writer. Adams, who has written for the Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more, will be covering issues from the worlds of both film and TV, with an eye to highlighting the best and most significant criticism on those subjects.
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Sam Adams
Sam Adams

Indiewire has named critic Sam Adams to take over as Criticwire blog editor and head writer. Adams, who has written for the Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more, will be covering issues from the worlds of both film and TV, with an eye to highlighting the best and most significant criticism on those subjects. 

The Criticwire blog, previously run by Matt Singer, was started last year as part of the larger Criticwire network, Indiewire's curated aggregation service that currently has profiles for nearly 500 film and TV critics from around the world. The network will be unveiling additional features in the coming months to incorporate more of the blog's content.

Singer moves on as news editor of The Dissolve, the new site founded by a group of writers from The A.V. Club. One of the reasons Adams landed the Criticwire gig, among a group of writers trying out for it, is that he has every intention of reinventing it and making it his own. He has his own voice, as you can see in this well-read piece on Sofia Coppola. UPDATE: As @SamAAdams wrote on Twitter this morning, "I will now be applying tags rather than popping them."

Welcome to Adams, who begins his daily blogging for Criticwire July 3. Here's his bio:

Sam Adams writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Time Out New York, the Onion A.V. Club, eMusic and the Philadelphia City Paper.  His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Hollywood Reporter, Salon and Film Comment, and his essays on Two-Lane Blacktop and Greendale are included in the The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. He served on the jury at the Toronto Film Festival as a representative of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, was twice a fellow of the Flaherty Film Seminar, and participated in the inaugural New York Times Institute in Film Criticism and Feature Writing at the Museum of the Moving Image in 2007. He has taught classes in documentary and narrative cinema at the University of the Arts, and is a frequent guest speaker in the Talk Cinema series. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.

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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.