EW Film Critic Owen Gleiberman Out in Latest Round of Layoffs

EW Film Critic Owen Gleiberman Out in Latest Round of Layoffs

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The veteran writer was one of several Entertainment Weekly staffers laid off in a restructuring

Entertainment Weekly laid off several staffers Wednesday, including longtime film critic Owen Gleiberman, as part of a continuing restructuring of the magazine.

Gleiberman had been at EW since its launch in 1990.  Prior to joining the magazine, he worked at the Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly newspaper.

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Staff writer Annie Barrett and music critic Nick Catucci, who were also let go Wednesday, confirmed the news via their Twitter accounts.

An EW spokesperson has not yet returned TheWrap's request for comment.


As TheWrap previously reported, EW has undergone a series of changes over the past year, as its publishing unit Time Inc. prepares to spin itself off from parent company Time Warner.

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In January, editor Jess Cagle was promoted to editorial director, putting him in charge of People as well EW. Weeks later, Matt Bean was named editor of EW.

Those changes followed the 2013 departures of EW's longtime television critic Ken Tucker, who left after 24 years. Tucker's departure came a week after film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, a 22-year veteran, said she was leaving to pursue new writing opportunities.

  • eastaeggz

    i rarely agreed with owen, as he tended to be quite cranky in his recent posts, but i really enjoyed annie's enthusiastic way of writing. ken tucker was always my go-to critic for fresh and new things on television. my question is, aside from the longevity of their time at the magazine, does this just come down to money? these were some of the most talented and notorious writers for EW, and i spend a LOT of time on that site. i would often be in the middle of an article and sensing the tone, only to scroll up and see it was written by owen or annie. they had very distinct voices, and with these layoffs, i fear that EW is losing their sense of identity and just becoming one big mess of people/buzzfeed-type drivel.

    • Thomas

      The fact that you read them on “that site” — and not in a purchased print magazine — is a big reason why they were let go

      • eastaeggz

        i actually do have a subscription to the magazine as well, not that it matters to you. we do live in a day where online content, as well as print, can be viewed and consumed congruently. i check “that site” multiple times a day to stay fresh on current entertainment news, and if i was solely relying on the print magazine i would be missing out on great, dynamic content. my point was to say that in the few years where EW has been a site i check daily, the ONLINE content is starting to take a disappointing turn, which will be continued having let go many great writers in the last few years.

  • Jalouse

    I've been a subscriber of Entertainment Weekly since it was born. It's really gone downhill. The writing, across the board, used to be pithy and witty. Now it's just ageist and mean spirited. Under Mark Harris and now Jess Cagle there has been a subtle gay agenda. Now all my favorite writers have left or have been sacked. What we'll probably get are a bunch young, mean spirited little brats who lack depth and insight, thinking they are smart and funny when they are not.

    • hooper

      You are 100% correct. I’ve subscribed to this magazine for over
      17 years and it’s depressing how badly it has fallen under Jess Cagle’s
      tutelage. It’s gone from a fun, enjoyable read about the world of entertainment
      to an acerbic, hyper-PC screed. Nearly every article from page one to The
      Bullseye is bathed in pissy, self-righteous subtext whose sole raison d’etre is
      to advance Cagle’s political leanings. While Gleiberman will never be confused
      with Pauline Kael, at least he brought a welcoming “everyman” vibe to his reviews. Sad
      to see this magazine’s demise accelerate even faster.

      • Quint

        I agree w/ Jalouse & Hooper. EW's become a LGBT-focused publication that also happens to cover the world of entertainment, where LGBT issues & celebs get prominent coverage!

  • Joe Gillis

    Not for nothing is Matt Bean one of the most effective climbers in the business, but every property he leaves is a little dumber than when he arrives.

  • Sferd

    With Lisa, Ken and now Own leaving ‘EW,’ I'm not sure I will renew my subscription. They were some of the key reasons I loved reading the magazine. I just don't trust the opinions of the ‘new guys.’

    I don't understand why publications seem to think they can ‘get by’ without quality writers. The same thing is happening at newspapers across the country. Sad.