LOS ANGELES (SEPT 1, 2009) – TheWrap.com, the fastest growing news organization covering the business of entertainment and media, announced today the release of Version 2.0 of its Web site, stage.thewrap.com. This next generation entertainment industry news portal includes on-going news updates throughout the day along with, starting today, its Awards season coverage.
The new design features:
* a “News River” providing the latest updates throughout the day, allowing the user to filter the news by subject including “Movies,” “Television,” “Media,” “Biz Moves,” “Columns” and “Guest Blogs.”
* a “Deal Central” widget featuring facts on the latest and most important deals in Hollywood, organized by person, project and company
* Comprehensive Hollywood Awards-season coverage starting with “The Odds,” a column by veteran Hollywood journalist and Oscar expert, Steve Pond.
“We are excited that with this redesign we can better showcase our coverage as it is updated continuously throughout the day,” says Sharon Waxman, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of TheWrap.com. “We also continue to grow our offering and are delighted to have Steve Pond on board to anchor our special Awards-season coverage.”
TheWrap.com, founded by award-winning journalist Waxman, has experienced phenomenal growth since its debut on January 26th, 2009, recently reporting and audience in June 2009 of over 370,000 visitors,.
With an editorial staff now exceeding 20 regular contributors and with commentary from industry heavyweight guest “Hollybloggers,” TheWrap covers the industry of entertainment and media from its headquarters in Santa Monica, California with additional editorial staff in New York City.
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TheWrap (stage.thewrap.com) is a unique primary news source focused on the business of entertainment and media. Offering its readers original reporting, exclusive contributions from industry readers and curated news from around the globe, TheWrap is led by award-winning journalist and author, Sharon Waxman. TheWrap.com editorial staff also includes veteran editors Lew Harris and Michael Speier, as well as journalists Josef Adalian, Dylan Stableford, Amy Kaufman, Andrew Gumbel, Michael Janofsky, Desson Thomson and many others. The Wrap News, Inc. is backed by Maveron, a venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington and co-founded by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Dan Levitan.
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