IndieWire (sometimes stylized as indieWIRE or Indiewire) is a film industry and review website that was established in 1996. The site's focus was predominantly independent film, although its coverage has grown to "to include all aspects of Hollywood and the expanding universes of TV and streaming." IndieWire is part of Penske Media.
Type of site
|Independent filmmaking news|
|Owner||Penske Media Corporation|
|Launched||Newsletter: 15 July 1996|
Website: January 12, 1998
|All rights reserved. Use permitted with copyright notice intact.|
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.
Initially distributed to a few hundred subscribers, the readership grew rapidly, passing 6,000 in late 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.
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."
In 2002, Forbes magazine recognized IndieWire, along with seven 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.
In 2022, IndieWire’s entire staff was honored as the Best Website, Traditional News Organization by the Los Angeles Press Club at its annual Southern California Journalism Awards, with judges noting that the site is “full of analysis of entertainment issues, not to mention the depth of most of the pieces that immediately pop up on the site. Quite compelling and thought-provoking.”
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 and other invited critics from around the world.
- "About Us". IndieWire. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
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- Brown, Janelle (December 22, 1997). "Indie Film News Service No Longer Free". Wired. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
- Goldstein, Gregg (16 July 2008). "SnagFilms acquires IndieWire". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 11 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
- "Penske Media Acquires Indiewire". Variety. January 19, 2016. Archived from the original on December 19, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- "About IndieWire". indiewire.com. Penske Media Corporation. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 6 February 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
- "Team". IndieWire. 27 February 2021. Archived from the original on 9 March 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
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- "Webby Awards 2012". Archived from the original on 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
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