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Indiewire Strengthens Film Team with New Senior Film Critic and Film Reporter

Indiewire Strengthens Film Team with New Senior Film Critic and Film Reporter

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penske Media Corporation (PMC)'s recent acquisition Indiewire has today announced the hiring of two leading journalists to its film team, with David Ehrlich joining as a senior film critic and Graham Winfrey as film reporter. Both writers will report to deputy editor and chief critic Eric Kohn out of Indiewire's New York offices.

Formerly a film writer and critic at the Rolling Stone, Ehrlich will focus on the expansion of Indiewire's film criticism.

"I couldn't ask for a better partner to join me in expanding Indiewire's review strategy that I've built up over the past decade, as David is one of the most exciting voices to emerge in American film criticism in recent years," said Kohn. "David's blend of wit, knowledge and adventurous sensibilities are unparalleled."

Winfrey joins Indiewire from Inc., where he was a staff writer focused on the technology and innovation beats. An alumnus of the 2013 NYFF Critics Academy, Winfrey will build the site's breaking news strategy.

"Everyone at Indiewire is required to be a passionate movie lover, not just our critics. That's why we're thrilled to have Graham on board - an experienced reporter with breaking news chops, he's also a passionate cinephile who did his time at Indiewire's Critics Academy," said Kohn.

Additionally, Indiewire has promoted Kate Erbland to the role of film editor, where she will oversee interviews and features. Erbland will also write a new bi-weekly column focused on women in film.

"While Indiewire's scope has grown to include television and new platforms, film remains critical to our vision," said Indiewire Editor in Chief Dana Harris. "The hires of Graham and David--with Kate as Film Editor and the contributions of Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz--round out the largest film team we've had in our 20-year history."

Ehrlich and Winfrey will bring even greater depth to Indiewire's already industry-leading coverage of cinema, both indie and studio, from the most basic elements of a film's creation through distribution and critical response.

Prior to his tenure at Rolling Stone, Ehrlich worked as Associate Film Editor of Time Out New York, Editor-at-Large of Little White Lies Magazine, and Senior Editor of As a freelancer writer, he has contributed to Slate, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Dissolve, The A.V. Club, and other outlets. He co-hosts the podcast Fighting in the War Room, and his annual video countdowns of the year's best films have been viewed more than 2 million times.

Winfrey has contributed to Slate, Business Insider, The Week,,,, and Indiewire, among other publications. He began his career as an assistant at The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

These announcements round out Indiewire's film team under the ownership of PMC, which acquired the site in January. Other recent updates to the department include seasoned entertainment journalist Anne Thompson as editor at large, Chris O'Falt overseeing the Filmmaker Toolkit section, and Bill Earl shifting from his role as digital editor of PMC brands to overseeing Indiewire's daily production flow as its digital director.


Indiewire, the leading digital brand devoted to curating, reporting, and celebrating the best in film, TV, and entertainment. Branded the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community" by Forbes and dubbed "best indie crossroads" by film critic Roger Ebert, Indiewire is a two-time winner of the Webby Award for best entertainment website. Indiewire launched in July 1996 and in January 2016 joined Penske Media Corporation's portfolio of leading global media brands. For more information, please visit and follow the latest updates at @Indiewire on Twitter.


Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media, publishing, and information services company that engages with audiences across the web, television, mobile, print and social media. PMC's owned and operated brands reach more than 170 million visitors monthly (comScore, 2015) and Penske Media was recently named one of the Top 100 Private Companies in the United States and North America. With the preeminence of its brands, PMC is one of the largest digital media companies in the world, publishing more than 20 digital media brands, including its joint venture with ZEE TV in India and Variety Latino joint venture with Univision Communications Inc. PMC additionally owns and produces more than 80 annual events, summits, award shows and conferences while housing a dynamic research and emerging data business. As of 2016, PMC businesses include: PMC Studios, WWD, Variety Inc.,, Fairchild Media, M,,,, TVLine,, Hollywood Life, Beauty Inc, BGR, AwardsLine, Bollywood Life,, LA411, NY411, Variety Insight, and The company is headquartered in New York, NY and Los Angeles, California with an additional 11 offices around the world. For more information, please visit

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