FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THEWRAP HIRES AP EDITOR JOSH DICKEY AS TOP EDITOR
AND FORMER LA WEEKLY EDITOR STEVEN MIKULAN AS COLUMNIST
Dickey and Mikulan Join TheWrap’s Recent Additions of
Veteran Journalists Steve Pond and Josef Adalian
LOS ANGELES (October 19, 2009) – TheWrap (www.TheWrap.com), Hollywood’s fastest growing source for business news, analysis and insightful reporting, is pleased to announced that Josh Dickey, former Entertainment Editor at the Associated Press, will become the Deputy Editor effective October 26.
In addition, Los Angeles media icon Steven Mikulan, a former LA Weekly Editor and writer, has joined TheWrap as the voice of the “LA Noir” blog.
The additions of Dickey and Mikulan follow the recent engagement of veteran reporters Steve Pond and Josef Adalian, bolstering TheWrap’s already talent-rich roster of award-winning journalists.
As Deputy Editor, Dickey will work alongside Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman and Managing Editor Lew Harris in shaping and guiding the news coverage of TheWrap.
“Josh is a formidable young talent, a star reporter and editor in the AP constellation and we cannot be more excited about his joining TheWrap,” said Waxman. “He is a perfect fit for our team.”
“It took about two minutes of listening to Sharon talk about her vision for TheWrap for me to realize I’d come to the right place,” added Dickey. “What they’ve accomplished already is nothing short of astounding, and I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of what’s ahead.”
Mikulan will serve as a featured columnist with the “LA Noir” blog, covering the intersection of celebrity, crime, local media, politics and the entertainment industry.
Dickey’s extensive experience at the AP is highlighted by ten years with the news service giant, in which he steered the entertainment coverage from a features-driven approach to more news-driven reporting.
Formerly one of the most widely read writers at the LA Weekly, Mikulan has covered everything from theater reviewing to monitoring and reporting city and national politics, as well as high-profile criminal and celebrity trials. In 1990 he won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.
Regarding Mikulan, Waxman said, “Steve is a legend in the LA media community,” said Waxman. “He is a rare breed – a gifted reporter and a dream of a writer. We are lucky to have him.”
The news comes on the heels of TheWrap’s recent partnership announcement with MSN.com, the news portal in which stories from TheWrap.com will appear on MSN sites including MSN.com, entertainment.msn.com, movies.msn.com and tv.msn.com, as well as on wonderwall.com.
TheWrap.com, founded by award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman in late January 2009, has experienced phenomenal growth, reporting traffic in September, 2009 of 400,000 unique visitors. Seeing increased recognition and news sourcing, TheWrap continues to deliver on high-profile newsbreaks, investigative stories, and authoritative analyses, TheWrap fulfills its role as a reliable and independent source for media and industry professionals.
Visit www.TheWrap.com daily to stay abreast of the breaking industry news that matters most.
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TheWrap (www.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, as well as respected journalists Josef Adalian, Dylan Stableford, Steve Pond, 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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