Michael Cieply Jumps to Deadline

New York Times vet will serve as the Hollywood trade's executive editor.

The operative word this evening among West Coast entertainment reporters is: “Wow.” It precedes several tweets and retweets of Deadline’s announcement that New York Times reporter Michael Cieply is joining the PMC-owned trade.

News-wise, it’s definitely a switch of PMC outlets, because lately, all the comings (and a few goings) of elite reporters have involved Deadline’s sister publications Variety and IndieWire. From the announcement:

“We could not be more excited to welcome Michael to our editorial team,” Deadline co-editors in chief Mike Fleming Jr. and Nellie Andreeva said. “He has been a pre-eminent journalist in this space for years, with an impeccable reputation for being hard-nosed but fair and ethical.”

Deadline commenter George provides a wry, single-word response to the idea of a reporter shifting from a top East Coast newspaper to a Hollywood trade: ‘Congratulations?’ Cieply starts Aug. 1.

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