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The Hollywood Reporter's Jay Fernandez Joins Indiewire as Senior Writer and News Editor

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2012 at 1:44PM

I am thrilled to announce that after a long search for just the right person to head the Indiewire editorial team in New York as News Editor and Senior Writer, Jay Fernandez will start at Indiewire on April 23.
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Danny Boyle and Jay Fernandez
Danny Boyle and Jay Fernandez

I am thrilled to announce that after a long search for just the right person to head the Indiewire editorial team in New York as News Editor and Senior Writer, Jay Fernandez will start at Indiewire on April 23. He fills the void left by departing IW veteran Brian Brooks, who headed west to join Deadline's LA office. (More details in Indiewire's announcement.)

Fernandez has been based in Hollywood as senior film writer and blogger for The Hollywood Reporter--he eventually took over my Risky Business blog in 2008, after I left THR for Variety. I was a huge fan of his screenwriting column Scriptland for the Los Angeles Times. This guy can write, and knows the business--both indie and mainstream--better than anyone.

Fernandez not only knows how to break news, like any self-respecting trade reporter, but how to contextualize it. He will be doing both for Indiewire, working closely with editor-in-chief Dana Harris, who manages the site from IW's Silver Lake office.

Based in LA, Fernandez will be making the move to New York with his wife Christine Spines, who worked with me at Premiere, went to EW, later founded the breakout Word and Film blog for Random House and took over as managing editor of the Sundance.org website in November. Jay will cover the Tribeca Film Festival and I look forward to joining him in Cannes this May.


 

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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.