I don't generally report on "inside industry" items -- Nikki Finke is the queen of that realm with her DeadlineHollywoodDaily site -- but this one is too exciting not to pass on to my loyal readers.

Over the past few years one of the most reliable sources for valuable tips and information about the world of independent film and festivals has been Anne Thompson. Unlike many bloggers, I prefer not to simply link to other sites and blogs in favor of writing my own original content. But on the few occasions when I did it was often to her "Thompson on Hollywood" column -- first at The Hollywood Reporter and then at their biggest competitor, Variety, after her much-ballyhooed move over there. Variety then laid her off back in January to much fanfare and chagrin among fellow journalists, wondering how someone so vital could be so dispensable to the media giant. Now comes word that Anne Thompson will be reporting once again, this time from the offices of indieWIRE, arguably the top website for independent film news and the one I visit first every day before moving on to the more mainstream Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. indieWIRE is run by Eugene Hernandez and was recently acquired by SnagFilms, which is also involved in the online distribution of documentaries. SnagFilms also recently partnered with IndieGoGo to explore new ways of expanding the distribution platform.

?Eugene called me the day it was announced that I was leaving Variety and we have been talking ever since,? Thompson told The New York Times. ?I loved working in print and working with Variety, but they simply could not afford me. It?s pretty scary going out on your own, but by working with indieWIRE, I feel like I am partnering with people who are Web savvy, have deep pockets, and care a great deal about movies.?

To be able to read my favorite film reporter's column at my favorite film site is something I am very much looking forward to in the days to come. Congratulations to Ms. Thompson, and to indieWIRE for snagging her.

Her final column for Variety was published on Thursday. The first edition of the new Thompson on Hollywood is now posted at indieWIRE.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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