EXCLUSIVE: MTV has tapped LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson as Chief Film Critic for MTV News, and former Grantland pop culture writer Molly Lambert as Lead Music Writer, as part of Dan Fierman’s ongoing revamp of MTV News. Both will assume their new roles February 1, working out of MTV’s Los Angeles office.

Nicholson will contribute film reviews, profiles, longform and podcasts to MTV News. At LA Weekly, she was voted Best Critic by the Los Angeles Press Club, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and the National Entertainment and Arts Journalism Awards. The Sundance juror is the author of the nonfiction book Tom Cruise: Anatomy Of An Actor, published by Cahiers du Cinema, and co-host of the film podcast The Canon.

“MTV was my first film school. It introduced me to some of the best directors today—Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, David Fincher—and some of the biggest, like Michael Bay, Gore Verbinski and F. Gary Gray,” Nicholson said in a statement to Deadline. “I recorded stacks of VHS tapes full of videos and watched these mini-movies over and over again, learning how to tell a full story in a fast image. MTV News correspondents Chris Connelly and Kurt Loder let me meet the actors and artists making the coolest Hollywood flicks, and even taught me about special effects. (In the summer of 1991, I must have watched MTV’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day documentary 12 times.) I’m grinning from ear-to-ear at the opportunity to join MTV News’ brilliant new team and share my film obsession with the next generation.”

JG
5 months
This is fantastic. Amy is among the very best of contemporary film critics.
5 months
Molly Lambert does incredible work. So excited she's back.
Anonymous
5 months
This is great news! MTV is lucky to have these two.

At Grantland, Lambert wrote about pop culture and co-hosted the Girls In Hoodies podcast. Prior to Grantland, she wrote for Pitchfork among other publications, and co-founded the website This Recording. She will write and podcast for MTV News.