Amazon Studios Nabs Variety Chief Film Critic

Scott Foundas is seguing from journalism to the film development and acquisitions side.

New York is about to lose a resident and Variety, its marquee film critic.

Per an item in the Penske Media Corp. publication this evening, chief film critic Scott Foundas has accepted a job with Ted Hope’s Amazon Studios. Starting August 17, from the new base of Los Angeles, he will be taking the temperature of screenplays, online chatter and film festivals for different reasons:

“Returning to Variety as chief film critic has been one of the great pleasures of my career, especially working alongside my fellow ‘chiefs’ Justin Chang and Peter Debruge, our intrepid team of far-flung freelancers, our indefatigable editor Claudia Eller, and our fearless leader, Jay Penske, who has breathed extraordinary new life into this venerable publication,” said Foundas. “I have learned much from them, and will miss them all as I begin this new adventure.”

The news of Foundas’ move to the film acquisitions and development side is fortuitous, as it comes the same day Amazon announced some very robust Q2 earnings. Amazon Studios currently lists 13 film projects in development.