I just received an email from Cinematical EIC Erik Davis this morning, announcing his resignation. Davis’s departure follows the earlier resignations of Peter Hall and Scott Weinberg after the HuffPo/AOL merger.
I feel sad about this … it’s pretty much the last nail in the coffin for Cinematical, I think. I look for what used to be Cinematical to be fully merged under Moviefone pretty quickly, without Davis at the helm fighting to keep the site a separate entity.
I’ve known Erik for years, initially through his previous blog, which is where I got to know his style of writing and liked it (and him) so much that I recommended we bring him on board Cinematical. And five years or so later, here we are. He’s a great guy, much respected by both his Cinematical writers and his other colleagues in the industry, and I know that whatever he does next will, as he said on the Twitter this morning, be “fucking epic.”
After the jump, with his permission, is the email Erik Davis sent to his team this morning letting them know he was stepping down.
Today I stepped down as the Editor-in-Chief of Cinematical, and as an editor and writer for Aol Moviefone.
This is such a weird email to write because I forgot what it’s like to not have Cinematical in my life. I’ve been writing for the site since August 2005, back when there weren’t many major movie blogs at all. My first post was on the casting of Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights and it was awful. Really awful. I thought it was awesome, though, and I printed that sucker out and slapped it up on the wall above my desk because I wanted to make sure I always remembered the first piece of writing that earned me a paycheck. Will Ferrell’s casting had made me a whole $4 richer and I was ecstatic. At the time I didn’t really know what this site was or wanted to become, but I was being paid to write about movies and that idea alone just floored me.
Since then I’ve been the site’s East Coast Editor, Managing Editor and, finally, its Editor-in-Chief. I’ve written thousands of posts, traveled the world, attended countless film festivals and film events, met some extraordinary people and watched a shit ton of movies. I’ve also been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the greatest film writers working today, like you all. We’re such a unique lot, and we’ve no doubt had as many ups as we’ve had downs, but it’s inspiring to see how much we’ve accomplished as a team. You’re a great group of people and I’m proud to call you my colleagues, and my friends.
There’s no real big splashy reason for why I’m leaving — I just felt like it was time for me to move on to new challenges, both personally and professionally. We’ve had an incredible run here at Cinematical, and I sincerely thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and loyalty over the years. I’m not sure what the future holds for Cinematical — whether it will stay, or go, or turn into something else. It’d be a shame to see them shut down all these great voices, and I exit hoping that won’t be the final outcome.
Good luck to all of you, and I’m positive our paths will cross again soon. Until then …