I develop and produce interactive content that expands premium brands far beyond their legacy origins. As the digital director at Entertainment Weekly, I’m helping to extend the reach of the brand to a new generation of loyal fans. We’ve launched new editorial and social products targeting younger audiences, including digital covers, AR lenses and an interactive Alexa Skill. In my previous role as editor in chief of Entertainment Tonight online, I led a small team to relaunch and then quickly scale the show’s microsite into a top-tier 24/7 digital video and news operation. We grew ET’s YouTube channel subscribers from 300,000 to 1 million in 18 months and created flagship daily, weekly and limited-run live, social and extended video franchises for YouTube and Facebook.
I became a podcast host and producer in 2018, after years of occasional on-camera and radio commentary, starting with The Awardist podcast, which interviews Oscar contenders and tracks the race for the industry’s biggest awards. I also co-hosted a season of EW’s BINGE and then created a new series, EW On Set, the exclusive companion show following Schitt’s Creek‘s sixth and final season with weekly cast and creator interviews.
I’ve worked on TV series as varied as long-form investigative documentaries to live political talk shows and supported almost every format of on-air show with expanded ancillary and unique content online. I created the world’s first Twitter-based soap opera, developed dozens of original short-form entertainment series and have overseen the piloting process for new digital networks. Producing—for every medium and platform—comprises my two favorite challenges: problem-solving and people-wrangling.
I also write cover stories, feature profiles and reviews of celebrities and entertainment. I wrote about the lifelong connection Taron Egerton forged with Elton John while making Rocketman (including the drag name Elton bestowed on him). I asked political documentary directors how they plotted a film with an unknown outcome, obsessed over the end of The Americans and spent the day with Adam Rippon for Rolling Stone. As a longtime contributing editor for OUT magazine, I’ve explored complex interpretations of sexuality and gender with unlikely subjects, from Ezra Miller (Justice League) to Chris Pine, who once presented his thesis to me on the growing homogenization of masculinity in American cinema. Josh Hutcherson’s self-definition as “mostly straight” generated millions of responses on Tumblr. Adam Levine’s critique of American Idol’s lack of lgbtq contestants prompted responses from its host and executive producers. One interview I did with a straight actor playing gay sparked a series of debates covered by the Columbia Journalism Review.
I am an essayist and longtime blogger (both professionally and personally), most often about the intersection of pop culture and politics. Lately I have written about tackling Elton John’s complete discography, my unabridged 1941 Webster’s dictionary and how I still think about Buffy the Vampire Slayer when trying to manage this new age of anxiety. For NPR’s All Things Considered, where I was an occasional commentator for a number of years, I offered alternative role models to Sheryl Sandberg for learning to negotiate as women, including Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
As an editor, I have commissioned, developed and helped shape multiple drafts of memoirs, novels, longreads and investigative journalism. I’ve also overseen two different major entertainment news sites, aka my day jobs at EW.com and ETonline.com.