Jake Coyle was already with the Associated Press and will remain based in New York.
Jessica Herndon comes from People magazine and calls LA home.
It’s the perfect, practical way for AP to blanket the busy east coast/west coast Hollywood press junket churn. From today’s announcement:
“We are excited to have two dynamic writers and reporters covering the film industry to break news about the movies while providing useful, relevant film reviews,” said Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the AP’s entertainment and lifestyles editor.
“Jake has been an integral part of our film coverage for more than a year, with newsworthy interviews and insightful reviews. Jessica is a proven newsbreaker and a talented writer. Movies remain a huge business enjoyed worldwide by millions of people, and their coverage is important as the industry evolves.”
Coyle, 34, has been with AP entertainment for nine years and recently conducted one of the last interviews given by the late James Gandolfini. Herndon, 31, has also written for TIME, LA Weekly and Flaunt magazine. Congrats to both.[Photo courtesy AP]