IndieWire associate editor and television critic Ben Travers also won an award for entertainment commentary.
IndieWire scooped two major awards on Saturday night when the Los Angeles Press Club revealed the winners of the 2022 Southern California Journalism Awards. The entire IndieWire staff was honored as top website, traditional news organization, judges noting that the site is “full of analysis of entertainment issues, not to mention the depth of most of the articles that immediately appear on the site. Quite compelling and thought-provoking.
IndieWire TV Associate Editor and TV Critic Ben Travers also won an award for Entertainment Commentary for his article TV’s IP Problem: How Reboots, Spinoffs and Hit Franchises Could Shaping the Future. Travers’ victory was accompanied by a judge’s comment which noted that “the writer brilliantly argues that the repetitive nature of the blockbuster mentality comes at the expense of originality for which we will all have to pay”.
In his essay, Travers argues that “Today television does it all, and when it comes to scripted series, the small screen sees an influx of reboots, revivals and sequels, some of which take the form of franchises to big budget. The streaming wars have created a number of new services, all vying for supremacy, and the easiest way to win is to give audiences something they already know and want. Whether it’s the next (not so) piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or an expansion of ‘The Godfather’ trilogy, raising awareness may be shorthand for subscribers – or, at least, it is. is the predominant thought, backed by a Brinks truckload of Hollywood money.
Three other IndieWire staff members received nominations for their writing on the site. IndieWire’s chief film critic, David Ehrlich, was nominated for best film review, an award that encompasses his many reviews for IndieWire. Associate Editor Jude Dry was also nominated for Best Personality Profile, Movie/TV Personalities for their profile of Ruth Negga, titled, Ruth Negga Created a “F*ck-You Machine” for the establishment with its radiant turn in “Passing”. And co-director James LeBrecht of TV editor Kristen Lopez, co-director of ‘Crip Camp,’ says CBS and the Television Academy cheated on him on Emmy Ramp, earned him a Best Entertainment nomination News on Music/Performing Arts.
According to their mission statement, the annual awards aim to “support, promote and defend quality journalism in Southern California.” The tradition has continued for 59 years, and although the media landscape has changed significantly during that time, the organization “continues to bring attention to the excellent journalists of Los Angeles while promoting excellence in media new and emerging”.