Michael Cieply, the veteran journalist who has covered Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and most recently the New York Times, is joining Deadline as Executive Editor. The reporter, editor and author begins August 1 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the leading news site dedicated to covering the entertainment industry.
“We could not be more excited to welcome Michael to our editorial team,” Deadline co-Editors in Chief Mike Fleming Jr and Nellie Andreeva said. “He has been a pre-eminent journalist in this space for years, with an impeccable reputation for being fearless, fair and ethical.”
Since 2004, Cieply has been covering Hollywood for the New York Times from the L.A. bureau. He joined as the paper’s movie editor before eventually moving to a full-time job reporting and writing about the movie business. He joined from the LA Times, where he was an editor-reporter in the Business section covering media, music and film. He first worked for the LA Times from 1987-91 as a reporter in the Calendar section and later for Business.
He also was West Coast editorial director of Inside.com, a breaking-news and features site covering Hollywood. In some ways it was a precursor to the now-standard Internet model of breaking entertainment news 24 hours a day.
Cieply also has worked at the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and co-authored with Lindsay Chaney the 1981 Simon & Schuster book The Hearsts: Family and Empire.
Cieply has been on both sides of the business: From 1991-2000, he was a producer and producer executive based at Columbia Pictures. His production company Byline Films, had a deal at Columbia. Before that he worked at Steve Roth Productions.