Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, a former Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times and a leading authority on the entertainment business and media. Before the Times, she was a correspondent for eight years for The Washington Post. She started out as a foreign correspondent, covering Europe and the Middle East for a decade. She is the founder and CEO of The Wrap, and the author of two books, including, “Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System.” She can be reached at email@example.com.
Alan Citron, General Manager, is a veteran Internet executive who was instrumental in the launches of successful web sites such as TMZ and Ticketmaster Online. He comes to The Wrap from Yahoo, where he was business lead for entertainment. Previously, Citron served as president of Buzz Media, general manager of TMZ, SVP of marketing at Movielink, president of USA Networks Interactive and president of new media at Ticketmaster Entertainment. Citron began his career in journalism and spent 13 years at The Los Angeles Times. He’s reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caren Gibbens, Vice President, Entertainment Sales, comes to TheWrap from the Los Angeles Times where she was an Advertising Manager responsible for sales in the Live Entertainment and Media category. She helped launch Culture Monster which grew revenues 100% year over year. Before coming to the Los Angeles Times Caren ran the West Coast sales office for Advertising Age. You’ll find her at email@example.com.
Ada Guerin, Creative Director, is an award-winning designer and entertainment veteran who joins TheWrap after 14 years at The Hollywood Reporter as design director and associate art director. She was responsible for multifaceted design of weekly magazine and was integral member of 2010 team who rebranded and relaunched Hollywood Reporter from a daily trade to weekly glossy magazine, winning an SPD award for feature design. She worked on the Key Arts catalog and branding of THR’s social page, About Town as well as building Women in Entertainment and Next Gen franchises. She has also held editorial positions at San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Westwood One. She’s reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph Anthony Kapsch, Executive Editor, is the former Editor, THR.com at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, he spent five years at Tribune Company, developing and growing their digital entertainment properties. As Los Angeles Times’ deputy entertainment editor for online, he helped lead LATimes.com’s showbiz coverage to a robust readership on the web, and then was tasked with redesigning and relaunching Tribune’s television news site Zap2It. He has also held key editorial positions at Access Hollywood, ABC/Disney Digital, NBC.com and Sony Pictures Digital. You can reach him at email@example.com or Twitter: @josephkapsch.
Lia Haberman is Director of Audience Development at TheWrap. She spent over 10 years as an entertainment journalist and the last five years specializing in social media and audience development strategy. Previous positions held at Yahoo, Dick Clark Productions, E! Online, StyleNetwork.com, Life & Style and Teen magazines. She has also produced dozens of real-time social TV integrations while working at Yahoo (on partnerships with “The Insider”, the TV Academy, Lionsgate and Marvel, among others) and Dick Clark Productions (Billboard Music Awards, “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Rising Star).
Anita Bennett, Deputy Editor, is a veteran online and broadcast journalist who joins TheWrap from KTLA.com. She previously worked as a producer at Los Angeles Fox affliate KTTV, an entertainment producer/reporter at Reelz Channel and an on-camera news reporter at L.A. Cityview. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter: @tvanita.
Greg Gilman, Morning Editor, first joined TheWrap in 2012 as blogger/reporter after two years of wandering through Hollywood as an uncredited celebrity gossip blogger (not that he particularly wanted the recognition). He’s proud to put that part of his life behind him and looks forward to writing entertainment stories that don’t decay the minds of his readers. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Tim Kenneally, Pop Culture Editor, was promoted after serving as TV reporter for several years at TheWrap. He’s a former editor for Celebuzz.com, Men’s Edge and Hustler. In his off time, he enjoys curling up with a mug of hot cocoa, his DVD box set of “Antiques Roadshow” and his pet tabby, Mr. Snugglesworth. Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordan Burchette, News Editor, dazzled the masses as a top editor at sites like ESPN.com, Maxim.com and CNN.com before embarking on a life of leisure and recreational crime fighting. After avoiding a life of communist oppression by being born in the U.S. to parents whose ancestry were never actually subject to communist rule, Jordan devoted himself to the written, spoken and, during the occasional shower, harmonized word. He has reported for Premiere, Popular Science, Parade Publications, Thrillist, TruTV and the AOL Network. He can be reached at: email@example.com or on Twitter @jordanburchette.
Jason J. Hughes, News Editor/Contributing TV Writer, comes to TheWrap after six years with AOL and The Huffington Post. He began at AOL’s TV Squad then transitioned to AOL TV before becoming Overnight TV Editor at Huffington Post. He began his online career in 2002 reporting on the comic book industry. Hughes has covered a wide range of the entertainment industry, including pop culture, television and movies. He is co-host of the long-running podcast, Antenna Free TV. A graduate from Missouri State University, he launched his journalism career in Information Technology at a major law firm. He hasn’t looked back since. He can be found via Twitter @ultraversion21 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deborah Day, News Editor, is former editor in chief of Maxim.com and editor of the U.S. website for international film magazine Premiere. Her writing has appeared on EW.com, Yahoo!, LATimes.com, LAMag.com and other digital destinations, as well as in print publications including Maxim and Interview magazines. She also has a background in financial writing and reporting. She can be reached at email@example.com and found on Twitter at @debbie_day.
Jeff Sneider, Film Reporter, previously held the same position at Variety, where he spent a total of five years working in various capacities. He started his career in 2003 by writing as “MiraJeff” for Ain’t It Cool News and his work has also appeared in Hollywood Life, MTV Movies Blog, Washington Square News and the Colorado Springs Independent. Jeff has appeared in Michael Addis’ documentary “Heckler” and HBO’s “Entourage,” and he also fought director Uwe Boll in a 2006 boxing match that has since become a footnote in pop culture history. He hates salad, loves “Pulp Fiction” and his bark is louder than his bite. Follow him on Twitter at @theinsneider or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Pond, Awards Editor and Columnist, joined TheWrap to lead its awards season coverage, and stayed on. His column is an informed, bemused, skeptical and authoritative look at all aspects of the Academy Awards race, from the campaigns to the halls of AMPAS to the movies that it’s all supposed to be honoring. A former L.A. Times reporter, Pond is also author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Big Show, and has been covering this particular circus for more than two decades, much of that time as the only reporter with full backstage and rehearsal access to the Oscar show. He can be reached at email@example.com
Todd Cunningham, Box Office Reporter, is the former managing editor of the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. He served a term as president of the L.A. Newspaper Guild, and his play “The Good Hours” was staged in 2008. Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Ge, Film Reporter, previously wrote for BleedingCool.com and founded UpandComers.net in 2010. She studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has worked in the film industry in various capacities since graduation. You can find more of her random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter at @lindazge. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic, has written about film for Movieline, Salon, MSNBC.com. He also co-hosts the Linoleum Knife podcast and regularly appears on What the Flick?! (The Young Turks Network). He is a senior Programmer for the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles and a pre-screener for the Sundance Film Festival, as well as a consultant for the USA Film Festival/Dallas, where he spent five years as artistic director. A former arts and entertainment editor at the Advocate, he was a regular contributor to “The Rotten Tomatoes Show” on Current. He is the author of two books: “Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas” (Limelight Editions) and “101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men” (Advocate Books).
Jethro Nededog, TV Editor, has covered television at The Hollywood Reporter, LA Times, Zap2it and Metromix. Previously, he wrote and produced documentary TV for National Geographic, History, Discovery, E! and the TV Guide Network. He has a BA in journalism from NYU and an MFA in writing from USC. His TV passions include trashy reality TV, soapy dramas, sci-fi and he would never turn away a “Cosby Show” rerun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @therealjethro.
Tony Maglio, TV Reporter, comes to TheWrap via the Columbia J-School. Previously, Tony was a freelance entertainment, sports, joke and political writer. In another lifetime that he’d like to forget, Tony was an accounting/finance professional. He has the M.B.A. to prove it — but not the savings account balance. Reach Tony at email@example.com or on Twitter: @anthonymaglio.
Jordan Chariton, Media Reporter, joins TheWrap from Mediabistro’s TVNewser and LostRemote. Before that, he worked inside the “belly of the beast,” spending four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC. He also spent almost two years as the digital producer at NYC’s legendary non-profit 92nd Street Y. When he’s not reading, writing, or engaging in deep, soulful conversation, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge watching Netflix. Follow him on Twitter @jordanchariton or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Donnelly, Senior Entertainment Reporter, was one of the founding writers on the Los Angeles Times celebrity blog “Ministry of Gossip,” eventually crossing over to contribute news and lifestyle content to the newspaper’s Calendar section. His work has appeared in InStyle magazine, Yahoo Celebrity, E! News and E! Online, the New York Post and numerous luxury and culture print titles. Donnelly studied magazine journalism at Temple University and London’s Imperial College. Originally from Philadelphia, he lives in Hollywood where he attempts Goop recipes and watches old episodes “30 Rock” in his free time. A fan of creative people and cocktail attire, he thrives in his natural habitat: the entertainment industry. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter: @mattdonnelly.
Itay Hod, Senior Entertainment Reporter, has covered an array of beats ranging from entertainment to health to politics, for TMZ, CBS News, MTV’s Logo and NY1 News. Hod was a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast, Salon, Out Magazines and the Albany Times Union. He began his career as an on-air TV correspondent for WENY-TV in upstate New York. Previously, he won a National Headliner Award for producing and writing MSNBC’s “Ashleigh Banfield: On Location.” Hod has a Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A native of Israel, Hod also served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before moving to the U.S. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @itayhod.
Joe Otterson, Blogger/Reporter, joined TheWrap in 2015 from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. After two years working for a non-profit TV station, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in Hollywood. He currently binge watches “Game of Thrones,” “Walking Dead,” and “House of Cards.” And while he enjoys movies of all genres, no one can ever touch the genius that is Mel Brooks. He can be reached at email@example.com
SOCIAL MEDIA & VIDEO
Rebecca Rosenberg, Digital Media Producer, joins TheWrap by way of Cleveland, Ohio. She began as an intern for TheWrap in the summer of 2012 and jumped at the opportunity to join the staff as Social Media Coordinator in January 2013. Rosenberg was expanded her duties in 2014 to producing original video segments for TheWrap and is now tasked with helping to continure growing the site’s multimedia footprint. In addition to providing the occasional off-beat joke, she also provides the office dog, Gaston. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @missrrosenberg.
Sydney Papenhausen, Video Producer, makes use of her degree in film and multimedia editing *really, really* important video journalism for our time like TheWrap’s “Drinking With the Stars” and “5 Seconds of Captain (Naked) America.” As well as TheWrap’s signature series “What’s the Deal With Jeff Sneider,” “TheGrill” and Alonso Duralde’s weekly film reviews et al. An award winning film editor and photographer, in her free time she dreams of editing a major motion picture with all sorts of gnarly juxtaposition, in addition to shepherding a flock of pug puppies.
Mikey Glazer, The Party Report Columnist, has been covering events since his kindergarten’s Valentine’s Day cookie party, graduating to the Hollywood party circuit. He has contributed from behind the velvet rope for TheInsider.com, US Weekly and Southwestern Law School’s entertainment law site. He created the popular live celebrity sightings feed, @CelebSightings. Please send invitations here.
Ira Teinowitz, Washington D.C. correspondent, is the former Washington Bureau Chief of Advertising Age and of Television Week and has covered a wide range of business, political and government issues for newspapers, wire services, magazines and the web. He can be reached at ITeinowitz@gmail.com.
Pamela Chelin covers legal beat for TheWrap.
ADVERTISING, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING
David Newburg, Vice President of Finance, is a 25-year veteran in executive finance. David has overseen and advised many companies’ finance and business operations. He served as VP of Finance at Rhino Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Music where he directed company accounting for all business units, maintaining revenue which grew to 500 million globally. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Live Universe Inc., a start0-up company that owns over 40 social/music media, websites, where he was responsible for directing all company accounting, finance, and human resource functions. Previous to that he was Chief Financial Officer of Delta Entertainment Corporation, a self-distributing entertainment company that wholesales audio/video products.
Jessica Ettman, Vice President of Business Development, specializes in digital media strategy, programming and distribution. Formerly at Maker Studios, she founded the Business and Legal Affairs department where she structured first of their kind agreements for talent, commercial partnerships, strategic acquisitions, media sales, branded content and original programming. Prior to that, her past life was in the music industry via Rhino Entertainment and Warner Music Group. Send her a note at email@example.com.
Nicole Winters, Director of Sales, comes to TheWrap from the Los Angeles Times where she recently was promoted to the film/television team after growing the live entertainment category, which included the launch of new digital products into marketplace. She previously worked at Fox Sports Network in cable advertising. She is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alix Khoury, Director of Ad Operations, joined TheWrap in 2012. She was previously Manager of Ad Operations at Lifescript and has more than 5 years of Ad Operations experience. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Mick Kupan, Ad Operations Manager, came to TheWrap in 2014 and previously worked as a Project Manager and Ad Operations Manager for Rundown.com. Prior to moving to the digital media world, he worked in politics in both California and Wisconsin. He is a proud alumni of the University of Wisconsin and takes any chance to root for the Badgers. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haley Davis, Events Coordinator, joins TheWrap from a boutique event planning and marketing company where she was event coordinator for a series of events at New York Fashion Week. She is a graduate of Baylor University where she studied film & digital media, journalism, and apparel merchandising. She can be reached at email@example.com.