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IndieWire

IndieWire
IndieWire logo 2016.png
Type of site
Independent filmmaking news, progressive
Available in English
Owner Penske Media Corporation
Slogan(s) filmmakers. biz. fans.
Website indiewire.com
Alexa rank Positive decrease 4,867 (April 2014)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched Newsletter: 15 July 1996; 21 years ago (1996-07-15)
Website: January 12, 1998; 19 years ago (1998-01-12)
Current status Online
Content license
All rights reserved. Use permitted with copyright notice intact.

Established in 1996, IndieWire (sometimes stylized as indieWIRE or Indiewire) is a film industry and review website. As of January 19, 2016, IndieWire is a subsidiary of Penske Media.[2] It has a staff of about 20, including publisher James Israel, and Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris.

History

The original IndieWire newsletter launched on July 15, 1996, billing itself as "the daily news service for independent film." Following in the footsteps of various web- and AOL-based editorial ventures, IndieWire was launched as a free daily email publication in the summer of 1996 by New York and Los Angeles based filmmakers and writers Eugene Hernandez, Mark Rabinowitz, Cheri Barner, Roberto A. Quezada and Mark L. Feinsod.[3]

Initially distributed to a few hundred subscribers, the readership grew rapidly, passing 6,000 in the fall of 1997.[4]

In January 1997, IndieWire made its first appearance at the Sundance Film Festival to begin their coverage of film festivals; it offered indieWIRE: On The Scene print dailies in addition to online coverage. Printed on site, in low tech black and white style, the publication was able to scoop traditional Hollywood trade dailies Variety and The Hollywood Reporter due to the delay these latter publications had for being printed in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

The site was acquired by Snagfilms in July 2008. On January 8, 2009, IndieWire editor Eugene Hernandez announced that the site was going through a re-launch that has been "entirely re-imagined." In 2011, with the launch of a redesign, the site changed the formal spelling of its name from indieWIRE to IndieWire.

In 2012, IndieWire won the Webby Award in the Movie and Film category.[citation needed]

Reception

IndieWire is said to cover lesser-known film events ignored from the mainstream perspective. In Wired, in 1997, Janelle Brown wrote: "Currently, IndieWire has little to no competition: trades like The Hollywood Reporter and Variety may cover independent film, but from a Hollywood perspective, hidden by a huge amount of mainstream news. As filmmaker Doug Wolens points out, IndieWire is one of the few places where filmmakers can consistently and reliably keep on top of often-ignored small film festivals, which films are opening and what other filmmakers are thinking."[4]

In 2002, Forbes magazine recognized IndieWire, along with 7 other entrants in the "Cinema Appreciation" category, as a "Best of the Web Pick,"[5] describing its best feature as "boards teeming with filmmakers" and its worst as "glacial search engine."[6]

IndieWire has been praised by Roger Ebert.[7]

Critics' Poll

The IndieWire Critic's Poll is an annual poll by IndieWire that recognizes the best in American and international films in a ranking of 10 films on 15 different categories. The winners are chosen by the votes of the critics from IndieWire.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Indiewire.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Penske Media Acquires Indiewire". Variety. January 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Indiewire at 10 and Counting". July 15, 2006.  (Press release)
  4. ^ a b Brown, Janelle (December 22, 1997). "Indie Film News Service No Longer Free". Wired. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Forbes Best of the Web - Cinema Appreciation". Forbes. March 25, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Forbes Best of the Web - IndieWire". Forbes. March 25, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 1999). "Rule of Thumb: Best Indie Crossroads". Yahoo Internet Life - Summer Movies Guide. ZDNet. 5 (6). Archived from the original on 1999-11-13. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 

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