UPDATE: Eugene Hernandez and Film Society of Lincoln Center have confirmed his move. He tells me that he’ll keep the blog he writes for IndieWire and will help them find a new editor. He’ll start the new job November 1.
EXCLUSIVE: In a blow to the indie film website IndieWire, co-founder and editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez is leaving to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he’ll become director of Digital Strategy. I’m told that Hernandez will be responsible for building out the digital platforms for both the magazine Film Comment and also for the FSLC’s own website. Hernandez, a festivals fixture, co-founded IndieWire in 1996. The site got a boost when it added my former Variety colleague Todd McCarthy, who writes columns and criticism and works alongside chief critic Eric Kohn. Rumors of Hernandez’s pending exit made the rounds at Toronto, but I’m told it’ll be made official before Film Society of Lincoln Center kicks off its New York Film Festival tomorrow night with the premiere of the David Fincher-directed The Social Network.