I develop and produce interactive content that expands premium brands far beyond their legacy origins. In my current 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’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’ve created dozens of original short-form entertainment series and 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 recently obsessed over the end of The Americans. I spent the day with Adam Rippon for Rolling Stone. I am a longtime contributing editor for OUT magazine, where I’ve explored complex interpretations of sexuality and gender with unlikely subjects. I spoke to novelist Amy Bloom about her new book, White Houses, which tells the story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s longtime lady love. Chris Pine once presented his thesis to me on the growing homogenization of masculinity in American cinema. Ezra Miller (Justice League) and Jussie Smollett (Empire) each spoke for the first time on the record and at length about their sexuality. 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 at Medium about my unabridged 1941 Webster’s dictionary, the most important music of 2017 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 an entertainment news site, aka my day job, where I particularly enjoyed editing features about missed connections with George Clooney and Beyonce.