EW Film Critic Owen Gleiberman Out in Latest Round of Layoffs

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

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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.