Established in 1996, IndieWire is the voice of creative independence, covering film, TV, and digital for a passionate audience of content creators, industry and fans. We reach an early adopter and tastemaker readership and are a trusted voice among content creators and the entertainment industry. As of January 19, 2016, Indiewire is a subsidiary of Penske Media.[4]


  • Dana Harris, Editor-in-Chief
  • James Israel, Publisher and VP of Advertising
  • Michael Schneider, Executive Editor
  • Eric Kohn, Deputy Editor and Chief Critic
  • Bill Earl, Digital Director
  • Kate Erbland, Film Editor
  • David Ehrlich, Senior Film Critic
  • Liz Shannon Miller, TV Editor
  • Ben Travers, TV Critic
  • Graham Winfrey, Film Reporter
  • Chris O’Falt, Filmmaker Toolkit Editor
  • Zack Sharf, Social Media Editor
  • Judith Dry, Digital Media Critic
  • Steve Greene, Special Projects Editor
  • Jason Gonzalez, Senior Advertising Manager
  • Elizabeth Phan, Advertising Operations Manager
  • Natalia Winkelman, Sales Planner
  • Anne Thompson, Editor-at-Large


The indieWIRE newsletter launched on July 15, 1996, billing itself as "the daily news service for independent film."[2][6][8] Following in the footsteps of various web- and AOL-based editorial ventures, indieWIRE was launched as a free daily email publication in the summer of 1996 by New York and Los Angeles based filmmakers and writers Eugene Hernandez, Mark Rabinowitz, Cheri Barner, Roberto A. Quezada and Mark L. Feinsod.[9] Initially distributed to a few hundred subscribers, the readership grew rapidly, passing 6,000 in the fall of 1997.[10]

In January 1997, indieWIRE made its first appearance at the Sundance Film Festival to begin their coverage of film festivals. It offered indieWIRE: On The Scene print dailies in addition to online coverage. Printed on site, in low tech black and white style, the publication was able to scoop traditional Hollywood trade dailies Variety and The Hollywood Reporter due to the delay these latter publications had for being printed in Los Angeles. Due to a zealous staff that was willing to print and distribute said dailies at all hours of the day and night, often handing them out to audiences waiting on line for films, indieWIRE was soon dubbed The School Paper. While the style and look of the print dailies improved over the years, the nickname stuck.

The website launched on January 12, 1998,[2] and indieWIRE announced it would be charging for services. While met with cautious optimism by Wired magazine,[10] the experiment failed and indieWIRE returned to a free service less than a year later.

The site was acquired by Snagfilms in July 2008. On January 8, 2009, indieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez announced that the site was going through a re-launch that has been "entirely re-imagined."

In 2011, with the launch of a redesign, the site changed the formal spelling of its name from indieWIRE to Indiewire.

In 2012, Indiewire won the Webby Award in the Movie and Film category.


indieWIRE is said to cover lesser-known film events ignored from the mainstream perspective. In Wired, Janelle Brown wrote in 1997:

"Currently, indieWIRE has little to no competition: trades like Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety may cover independent film, but from a Hollywood perspective, hidden by a huge amount of mainstream news. As filmmaker Doug Wolens points out, indieWIRE is one of the few places where filmmakers can consistently and reliably keep on top of often-ignored small film festivals, which films are opening and what other filmmakers are thinking."[10]

In 2002, Forbes magazine recognized IndieWire, along with 7 other entrants in the "Cinema Appreciation" category, as a "Best of the Web Pick".[11] describing its best feature as "boards teeming with filmmakers" and its worst as "glacial search engine."[12]

indieWIRE has been praised by Roger Ebert,[14] Kevin Smith, James Schamus, and Tom Bernard.

Critics Poll

YearBest FilmBest Performance
2006The Death of Mr. LazarescuHelen Mirren for The Queen
2007There Will Be BloodDaniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood
2008Flight of the Red BalloonMickey Rourke for The Wrestler
2009Summer HoursTilda Swinton for Julia
2010The Social NetworkÉdgar Ramírez for Carlos
2011The Tree of LifeMichael Fassbender for Shame
Michael Shannon for Take Shelter
2012Holy MotorsDenis Lavant for Holy Motors
201312 Years a SlaveChiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
YearBest FilmBest DirectorBest Lead ActressBest Lead Actor
2014BoyhoodRichard Linklater for BoyhoodMarion Cotillard for Two Days, One NightRalph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel
2015Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller for Mad Max: Fury RoadCharlotte Rampling for 45 YearsMichael Fassbender for Steve Jobs