Voice Media Group Hires Amy Nicholson As Los Angeles-Based Film Critic

Reviews and Features to be Published Across VMG's Print Publications, Websites and Mobile Platforms

Jul 01, 2013, 12:05 ET from Voice Media Group

DENVER, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Voice Media Group announced today that Amy Nicholson will join the staff as a full-time film critic for its eleven newspapers. She will be based in Los Angeles at LA Weekly.

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Nicholson has long been a contributor to both LA Weekly and numerous film-focused publications. She will work closely with VMG principal film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who is based at the Village Voice in New York.

"Of all the reviews we read while evaluating job candidates, Amy's were the ones that sang," said VMG film editor Alan Scherstuhl.  "It was difficult to predict whether Amy would like a film -- but it was impossible not to be captivated by her feisty, smart take. She was absolutely our first choice for this position."

A Texas native who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, Nicholson got her first job in journalism with LA Weekly as a film intern, and went on to write freelance theater reviews for the paper for the next nine years. In 2008, she earned a Masters of Professional Writing in Nonfiction from the University of Southern California. 

Until last fall, Nicholson was editor-in-chief of Boxoffice Magazine. In that capacity, she launched Boxoffice Weekly, a new iPad-only magazine, and Boxoffice Magazine, a free in-theater publication.

Nicholson has freelanced for the Los Angeles TimesMovieline, Movies.com, Fandango.com and IndieWire, and was the film editor at Inland Empire Weekly from 2006 to 2010. She recently finished a book evaluating Tom Cruise for Phaidon Press' Cahiers du Cinema imprint. She'll begin working full-time at the Weekly in late July.

"I came to Los Angeles eleven years ago for my dream opportunity, an internship at LA Weekly," said Nicholson. "I'm thrilled to rejoin Voice Media Group, a champion of bold and opinionated criticism. Becoming part of their legacy is an honor."

With Nicholson's hiring, VMG reaffirms its commitment to film journalism. Along with Scherstuhl, Zacharek and Nicholson, the company employs the services of many freelance contributors. Its member publications covered more than 850 films last year, printed weekly film features and interviews, and published dispatches from national and international film festivals.

About Voice Media Group
Voice Media Group is a privately held media company focused on the creation of original news and entertainment content across print, mobile and web properties for the culturally aware consumer. The company owns and operates 11 leading weekly newspapers – including the Village Voice (New York), LA Weekly (Los Angeles), Westword (Denver), New Times (Phoenix), the Houston Press, the Dallas Observer, the Riverfront Times (St. Louis), New Times (Miami), City Pages (Minneapolis), New Times (Broward/Palm Beach) and OC Weekly (Orange County) -- affiliated digital properties, and a national sales arm, VMG National. Each month, VMG reaches seven million readers in print, nine million unique visitors on desktop, and 5.4 million unique visitors on mobile, in addition to 1.3 million email subscribers. VMG also hosts more than 50 signature food, music and arts events per year nationwide. Meanwhile, VMG National serves more than 56 partner sites and publications with a weekly print circulation of three million and 95 million page views per month. For more information, visit www.voicemediagroup.com.

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