IndieWire founder departs for digital gig

Eugene Hernandez joins Film Society of Lincoln Center

Eugene Hernandez, the founder and editor-in-chief of IndieWire, is leaving the online site dedicated to indie filmmaking to become director of digital strategy for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

In the newly-created post at the Film Society, Hernandez will oversee all digital initiatives for the organization, which produces the annual New York Film Festival and co-presents New Directors, New Films.

He will work with current staff on the Film Society website and work to identify and secure digital partnerships for its publication Film Comment and help develop a Film Society digital channel.

"Eugene is an innovative leader in digital media and one of the most respected voices in film journalism today. His vast experience with developing digital platforms together with his passion for world cinema will help us create new ways of reaching audiences and expand our community as we prepare to open our new film center next year," the Film Society's new executive director Rose Kuo said. "Over the fifteen years that I've lived in New York City, The Film Society of Lincoln Center has shaped my perspective on cinema. Film Comment magazine and the organization itself have been crucial personally and professionally and informed the evolution of IndieWire," Hernandez said.

Hernandez co-founded IndieWire in 1996. He has also contributed articles to The Wall Street Journal Online, Variety, Screen International, Filmmaker Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter.

He will continue with IndieWire through October to assist in the transition to new leadership. His replacement has not been named.

He will also continue as a contributor to IndieWire, which was acquired by SnagFilms in 2008.