IndieWire (sometimes stylized as indieWIRE or Indiewire) is a film
industry and review website that was established in 1996. As of
January 19, 2016,
IndieWire is a subsidiary of Penske Media. It has
a staff of about 20, including publisher James Israel, and
Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris.
3 Critics' Poll
4 See also
6 External links
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.
Initially distributed to a few hundred subscribers, the readership
grew rapidly, passing 6,000 in the fall of 1997.
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.
The site was acquired by
Snagfilms in July 2008. On January 8, 2009,
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.
IndieWire won the
Webby Award in the Movie and Film
IndieWire is said to cover lesser-known film events ignored from the
mainstream perspective. In Wired, in 1997, Janelle Brown wrote:
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."
Forbes magazine recognized IndieWire, along with 7 other
entrants in the "Cinema Appreciation" category, as a "Best of the Web
Pick," describing its best feature as "boards teeming with
filmmakers" and its worst as "glacial search engine."
IndieWire has been praised by Roger Ebert.
IndieWire Critic's Poll
IndieWire Critic's Poll is an annual poll by
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.
List of press release agencies
^ "Indiewire.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved
^ "Penske Media Acquires Indiewire". Variety. January 19, 2016.
^ "Indiewire at 10 and Counting". July 15, 2006. (Press release)
^ a b Brown, Janelle (December 22, 1997). "Indie Film News Service No
Longer Free". Wired. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
^ "Webby Awards 2012".
Forbes Best of the Web - Cinema Appreciation". Forbes. March 25,
2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
Forbes Best of the Web - IndieWire". Forbes. March 25, 2002.
^ 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.