Newsroom Promotions Follow Rapid Recent Traffic Growth
Monday, July 8, 2013 – TheWrap is pleased to announce that Joseph Kapsch has been promoted to executive editor and that Josh Dickey has rejoined TheWrap as a managing editor, part of a move to significantly expand the newsroom that has been underway since earlier this year. Both changes are effective immediately.
The moves enhance TheWrap’s senior editorial team, which also includes Lew Harris, Managing Editor, and Diane Garrett, who has been promoted to Senior Editor. Dickey previously served at TheWrap as deputy editor and returns to the newsroom after senior editing stints at Variety and TMZ.
Kapsch has been deputy managing editor since March. “Joseph has brought his infectious energy to the newsroom since coming on board, significantly enhancing our coverage and our traffic in just a few months,” said Sharon Waxman, the site’s CEO and Editor in Chief. “He is the right person to lead the newsroom in our mission to be the very best digital news site covering the business of entertainment.”
She continued: “And we could not be happier to welcome back Josh Dickey, one of the most talented and committed editors I have yet to come across. He brings with him a razor-sharp news sense and deep knowledge of the entertainment industry and digital media.”
Said Kapsch: “I’m incredibly thrilled to continue my career trajectory at TheWrap alongside one of the hardest-working, smartest group of journalists in the business. The addition of Josh and Diane to our senior editorial staff only further strengthens our position as we continue to grow the brand across multiplatforms.”
Said Dickey: “This is a stupendously cool homecoming for me. Hollywood trade journalism has become my absolute passion, and there’s really only one place to conduct it passionately. For me, that’s where it all began — and clearly where it’s trending to — at TheWrap.”
The editorial additions come on the heels of the expansion of TheWrap’s reporting staff, included Deal Central reporter Jeff Sneider and senior television writer Jethro Nededog.
TheWrap has seen tremendous momentum in its traffic in the past three months, with unique visits growing to an average of 2 million-plus unique users per month.
TheWrap has also expanded its technology expertise and continued to grow its events in 2013, with the addition of a second Grill conference that was successfully held on June 28 at the L.A. Convention Center.
About The Wrap News Inc.
The Wrap News Inc., founded by award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman in 2009, is the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media. As a multi-platform media company, The Wrap News Inc. is comprised ofTheWrap.com, the award-winning, industry-leading outlet for high-profile newsbreaks, investigative stories and authoritative analysis; PowerGrid Pro, the most current, relevant film development database; ThePowerGrid , an algorithmic, data-driven ranking system for every person, project and company in the film business; and TheGrill, an executive leadership conference centered on the convergence of entertainment, media and technology. 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.
TheWrap was nominated as the Best Entertainment website in 2012 and named the best online news site in both 2012 and 2009 at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club. It has won many other awards for investigative reporting, columns, criticism and feature writing. TheWrap was named one of the “100 Most Important Online Publishers” in 2010 by OMMA, the magazine of online media, marketing and advertising.