Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, a former Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times and a leading authority on the entertainment business and media. Before the Times, she was a correspondent for eight years for The Washington Post. She started out as a foreign correspondent, covering Europe and the Middle East for a decade. She is the founder and CEO of The Wrap, and the author of two books, including, “Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caren Gibbens, Vice President, Entertainment Sales, comes to TheWrap from the Los Angeles Times where she was an Advertising Manager responsible for sales in the Live Entertainment and Media category. She helped launch Culture Monster which grew revenues 100% year over year. Before coming to the Los Angeles Times Caren ran the West Coast sales office for Advertising Age. You’ll find her at email@example.com.
Nicole Winters, Director of Sales, comes to TheWrap from the Los Angeles Times where she recently was promoted to the film/television team after growing the live entertainment category, which included the launch of new digital products into marketplace. She previously worked at Fox Sports Network in cable advertising. She is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph Anthony Kapsch, Executive Editor, is the former Editor, THR.com at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, he spent five years at Tribune Company, developing and growing their digital entertainment properties. As Los Angeles Times’ deputy entertainment editor for online, he helped lead LATimes.com’s showbiz coverage to a robust readership on the web, and then was tasked with redesigning and relaunching Tribune’s television news site Zap2It. He has also held key editorial positions at Access Hollywood, ABC/Disney Digital, NBC.com and Sony Pictures Digital. You can reach him at email@example.com or Twitter: @josephkapsch.
Anita Bennett, Deputy Editor, is a veteran online and broadcast journalist who joins TheWrap from KTLA.com. She previously worked as a producer at Los Angeles Fox affliate KTTV, an entertainment producer/reporter at Reelz Channel and an on-camera news reporter at L.A. Cityview. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter: @tvanita.
Jordan Burchette, News Editor, dazzled the masses as a top editor at sites like ESPN.com, Maxim.com and CNN.com before embarking on a life of leisure and recreational crime fighting. After avoiding a life of communist oppression by being born in the U.S. to parents whose ancestry were never actually subject to communist rule, Jordan devoted himself to the written, spoken and, during the occasional shower, harmonized word. He has reported for Premiere, Popular Science, Parade Publications, Thrillist, TruTV and the AOL Network. He can be reached at: email@example.com or on Twitter @jordanburchette.
Deborah Day, News Editor, is former editor in chief of Maxim.com and editor of the U.S. website for international film magazine Premiere. Her writing has appeared on EW.com, Yahoo!, LATimes.com, LAMag.com and other digital destinations, as well as in print publications including Maxim and Interview magazines. She also has a background in financial writing and reporting. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and found on Twitter at @debbie_day.
Jeff Sneider, Film Reporter, previously held the same position at Variety, where he spent a total of five years working in various capacities. He started his career in 2003 by writing as “MiraJeff” for Ain’t It Cool News and his work has also appeared in Hollywood Life, MTV Movies Blog, Washington Square News and the Colorado Springs Independent. Jeff has appeared in Michael Addis’ documentary “Heckler” and HBO’s “Entourage,” and he also fought director Uwe Boll in a 2006 boxing match that has since become a footnote in pop culture history. He hates salad, loves “Pulp Fiction” and his bark is louder than his bite. Follow him on Twitter at @theinsneider or email him at email@example.com.
Steve Pond, Columnist and Awards Editor, joined TheWrap to lead its awards season coverage, and stayed on. His column is an informed, bemused, skeptical and authoritative look at all aspects of the Academy Awards race, from the campaigns to the halls of AMPAS to the movies that it’s all supposed to be honoring. A former L.A. Times reporter, Pond is also author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Big Show, and has been covering this particular circus for more than two decades, much of that time as the only reporter with full backstage and rehearsal access to the Oscar show. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Cunningham, Box Office Reporter, is the former managing editor of the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. He served a term as president of the L.A. Newspaper Guild, and his play “The Good Hours” was staged in 2008. Todd can be reached at email@example.com.
Linda Ge, Film Reporter, previously wrote for BleedingCool.com and founded UpandComers.net in 2010. She studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has worked in the film industry in various capacities since graduation. You can find more of her random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter at @lindazge. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic, has written about film for Movieline, Salon, MSNBC.com. He also co-hosts the Linoleum Knife podcast and regularly appears on What the Flick?! (The Young Turks Network). He is a senior Programmer for the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles and a pre-screener for the Sundance Film Festival, as well as a consultant for the USA Film Festival/Dallas, where he spent five years as artistic director. A former arts and entertainment editor at the Advocate, he was a regular contributor to “The Rotten Tomatoes Show” on Current. He is the author of two books: “Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas” (Limelight Editions) and “101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men” (Advocate Books).
Jethro Nededog, TV Editor, has covered television at The Hollywood Reporter, LA Times, Zap2it and Metromix. Previously, he wrote and produced documentary TV for National Geographic, History, Discovery, E! and the TV Guide Network. He has a BA in journalism from NYU and an MFA in writing from USC. His TV passions include trashy reality TV, soapy dramas, sci-fi and he would never turn away a “Cosby Show” rerun. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter: @therealjethro.
Tim Kenneally, TV Reporter, is a former editor for Celebuzz.com, Men’s Edge and Hustler. Tim covers television for TheWrap. In his off time, he enjoys curling up with a mug of hot cocoa, his DVD box set of “Antiques Roadshow” and his pet tabby, Mr. Snugglesworth. Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Maglio, TV Reporter, comes to TheWrap via the Columbia J-School. Previously, Tony was a freelance entertainment, sports, joke and political writer. In another lifetime that he’d like to forget, Tony was an accounting/finance professional. He has the M.B.A. to prove it — but not the savings account balance. Reach Tony at email@example.com or on Twitter: @anthonymaglio.
Jordan Chariton, Media Reporter, joins TheWrap from Mediabistro’s TVNewser and LostRemote. Before that, he worked inside the “belly of the beast,” spending four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC. He also spent almost two years as the digital producer at NYC’s legendary non-profit 92nd Street Y. When he’s not reading, writing, or engaging in deep, soulful conversation, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge watching Netflix. Follow him on Twitter @jordanchariton or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Donnelly, Senior Entertainment Reporter, was one of the founding writers on the Los Angeles Times celebrity blog “Ministry of Gossip,” eventually crossing over to contribute news and lifestyle content to the newspaper’s Calendar section. His work has appeared in InStyle magazine, Yahoo Celebrity, E! News and E! Online, the New York Post and numerous luxury and culture print titles. Donnelly studied magazine journalism at Temple University and London’s Imperial College. Originally from Philadelphia, he lives in Hollywood where he attempts Goop recipes and watches old episodes “30 Rock” in his free time. A fan of creative people and cocktail attire, he thrives in his natural habitat: the entertainment industry. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter: @mattdonnelly.
Itay Hod, Senior Entertainment Reporter, has covered an array of beats ranging from entertainment to health to politics, for TMZ, CBS News, MTV’s Logo and NY1 News. Hod was a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast, Salon, Out Magazines and the Albany Times Union. He began his career as an on-air TV correspondent for WENY-TV in upstate New York. Previously, he won a National Headliner Award for producing and writing MSNBC’s “Ashleigh Banfield: On Location.” Hod has a Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A native of Israel, Hod also served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before moving to the U.S. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @itayhod.
Greg Gilman, Blogger/Reporter, comes to TheWrap after two years of wandering through Hollywood as an uncredited celebrity gossip blogger (not that he particularly wanted the recognition). He’s proud to put that part of his life behind him and looks forward to writing entertainment stories that don’t decay the minds of his readers. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Travis Reilly, Blogger/Reporter, embraces his role at TheWrap after spending his inaugural four years in Hollywood jettisoning drunkards from a country-western bar and ghostwriting for a fairly popular gossip monger. His passions within the entertainment journalism industry include deciphering the philosophies embedded within “Point Break,” devouring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reruns a season at a time, and petitioning the Associated Press to reconsider their standing on the Oxford comma. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at @mmmtravis or possibly by saying “Beetlejuice” three times.
Alicia Banks, Blogger/Reporter, joined TheWrap from The Los Angeles Times. Previously, she reported for The Fayetteville Observer and The Star Newspaper. In 2013, she won the North Carolina Associated Press’ O. Henry Award for her four-part series detailing a young girl’s journey from homelessness to Harvard University. A native of North Carolina, she earned her BA in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her reality TV guilty pleasure is “The Real World Challenge,” but she enjoys the fandom behind “Game of Thrones,” “Hannibal” and “Vikings.” She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter: @AliciaDotBanks
SOCIAL MEDIA & VIDEO
Rebecca Rosenberg, Digital Media Producer, joins TheWrap by way of Cleveland, Ohio. She began as an intern for TheWrap in the summer of 2012 and jumped at the opportunity to join the staff as Social Media Coordinator in January 2013. Rosenberg was expanded her duties in 2014 to producing original video segments for TheWrap and is now tasked with helping to continure growing the site’s multimedia footprint. In addition to providing the occasional off-beat joke, she also provides the office dog, Gaston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @missrrosenberg.
Sydney Papenhausen, Video Producer, makes use of her degree in film and multimedia editing *really, really* important video journalism for our time like TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars” and “5 Seconds of Captain (Naked) America.” As well as TheWrap’s signature series “What’s the Deal With Jeff Sneider,” “TheGrill” and Alonso Duralde’s weekly film reviews et al. An award winning film editor and photographer, in her free time she dreams of editing a major motion picture with all sorts of gnarly juxtaposition, in addition to shepherding a flock of pug puppies.
Mikey Glazer, Parties Columnist, has been covering events since his kindergarten’s Valentine’s Day cookie party, graduating to the Hollywood party circuit. He has contributed from behind the velvet rope for TheInsider.com, US Weekly and Southwestern Law School’s entertainment law site. He created the popular live celebrity sightings feed, @CelebSightings. Please send invitations here.
Ira Teinowitz, Washington correspondent, is the former Washington Bureau Chief of Advertising Age and of Television Week and has covered a wide range of business, political and government issues for newspapers, wire services, magazines and the web. He can be reached at ITeinowitz@gmail.com.
Pamela Chelin covers legal beat for TheWrap.