MoviePass Hires Ex-Rotten Tomatoes Editor as Moviefone General Manager

Matt Atchity will run the listing service owned by MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics

Last Updated: September 25, 2018 @ 7:26 AM

Former Rotten Tomatoes editor Matt Atchity has landed a new gig as General Manager of Moviefone, the movie listings service acquired in April by MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics.

Atchity reported the development on Twitter. According the New York Post, Atchity has been brought aboard with the mission of creating “a larger ecosystem of connected moviegoers.”

Atchity worked at Rotten Tomatoes from 2007 to 2017, overseeing the site during years of significant change, including multiple changes in ownership. He left the movie review aggregator in 2017 to become head of programming for The Young Turks, overseeing the network’s growth and audience development for its video content. It isn’t clear when he left TYT, but the network recently slashed its staff, letting at least 15 people go in August.

MoviePass and Helios and Matheson Analytics bought Moviefone from AOL parent company Oath in April. According to an SEC filing, MoviePass and its parent would pay $1 million in cash and offer Oath roughly $14 million in options on Helios and Matheson stock at a $5.50 share price.

Under the deal, Oath would continue to sell Moviefone’s digital ad inventory and has taken an ownership stake in MoviePass through equity in HMNY.