Stephanie Zacharek will join the staff of the Village Voice as its principal film writer. She replaces Scott Foundas, who left the alt-weekly last month to become Variety's chief film critic.
In Zacharek, the Voice gets a critic who is steeped in film history, but also digitally savvy. She wrote criticism and features from 1999 to 2010 for Salon.com, rising to become the site's lead film critic in 2004.
A stint as chief film at Movieline was shorter. Zacharek was laid off in 2012, prompting a wave of commentary and hand-wringing about the diminishing opportunities for thoughtful, informed film analysis in the internet era.
Zacharek has also penned freelance articles and reviews for The New York Times, New York magazine, Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Spin.
Zacharek’s film reviews and features will appear in all of Voice Media Group's publications, a suite of titles that includes the L.A. Weekly and the Phoenix New Times. She will begin her new assignment April 24.
Her predecessor Foundas left the job after only four months. He had previously been based at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's programming department.
Beyond Voice Media Group, Foundas and Zacharek share a common employer in Penske Media Corporation. PMC owns Movieline, where Zacharek was based, and bought Variety in 2012, where Foundas now hangs his hat.