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Vulture Offers Free Wi-Fi at Cannes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 12, 2010 at 2:38AM

In a smart marketing gambit designed to up its profile in the entertainment community, New York Magazine's online site Vulture is providing free wireless at this year's Cannes Film Festival. From May 13-18, Vulture will offer a free digital connection.
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In a smart marketing gambit designed to up its profile in the entertainment community, New York Magazine's online site Vulture is providing free wireless at this year's Cannes Film Festival. From May 13-18, Vulture will offer a free digital connection.

"Scan for the Vulture Network to gain FREE Internet access," directs a press release. "Vulture will be the official Media Partner of the LiveStyle Media Center.  As part of the partnership, Vulture will be providing a free wifi network with over 200 meters of coverage on La Croisette that will default users to the Vulture home page.

This is Vulture’'s first international partnership; the site is also sending correspondent Logan Hill to cover the fest for the first time. Thanks to more than 50 posts a day, the site has been growing, with a record-setting March 2010 both unique users and page views, they claim: "Unique users at Vulture have doubled over the last six months, to 1.9 million in March 2010, while page views have more than tripled over the same period, to 10.7 million in March 2010 (Omniture SiteCatalyst, March 2010 / October 2009). Advertising revenue at Vulture is up 65% year-to-date over the same period last year."



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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.