Normally, when someone based in New York gets hired by a British newspaper, it means they’re staying in NYC or heading across the Atlantic. But in the case of Nigel M. Smith (pictured), his shift from Indiewire to The Guardian will trigger a relocation to Los Angeles.
From today’s announcement:
Smith’s appointment as entertainment writer signals an increasingly global focus on film as The Guardian continues to increase its investment and presence in the U.S. As well as writing specifically for the U.S. edition, Smith will also act as part of The Guardian’s wider film team, led by Catherine Shoard, alongside reporters, writers and multimedia journalists based in London, New York and Sydney. He will report to Alex Needham, arts editor, Guardian US.
“Our readers are hungry for more of our unique, independent culture coverage and Nigel is the perfect fit,” said Lee Glendinning, editor, Guardian US. “We’re delighted to add his voice to our growing roster of US journalists.”
Added Smith: “As the company’s first-ever Los Angeles-based entertainment writer, I’ll strive to reflect the integrity of the brand while working to take it into new and exciting directions under the leadership of the Guardian’s amazing team, whom I admire greatly.”
The Guardian also announced a “premiere” marketing partnership with the 2015 Telluride Film Festival. The paper will be the named sponsor for both Telluride Noon Sessions and the festival’s closing event, the Labor Day Picnic. Smith starts in early July.
[Photo via: Indiewire]