LA Weekly adds film editor, reporter *

karinalongworth.jpgKarina Longworth is the new film editor at the LA Weekly. She is the co-founder of Cinematical.com, the former editor of SpoutBlog, and calls her personal film blog Vidiocy. (She tweets here.) She will move from New York in January to replace Scott Foundas, who is heading east to Lincoln Center. Her top ten films of 2009:

10. Inglourious Basterds
9. The Hurt Locker
8. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
7. The Limits of Control
6. Cargo 200
5. Beeswax
4. Summer Hours
3. The Girlfriend Experience/The Informant!
2. Two Lovers
1. Silent Light & Frontier of Dawn

* Reaction begins: David Poland posts, "Seems kinda obvious. And it seems kinda interesting."

Also today: The Weekly announced the hiring of Gene Maddaus, the South Bay politics reporter at the Daily Breeze and a veteran of local dailies, to fill a reporter opening. The newsroom memos are after the jump.

We have hired Karina Longworth as our new film editor.

Karina is co-founder of Cinematical.com and former editor SpoutBlog and a regular contributor to the national morning radio show The Takeaway. She has freelanced as a film critic and blogger for Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, TimeOut New York, indieWIRE, Slate, The Daily Beast, Filmmaker, Las Vegas Weekly and other publications, including this one.

Karina is a native of Los Angeles, now living in New York. She will move back to California to start her job on Jan. 18. However, she will be in the office next week to work alongside Scott in preparation for taking over.

She has a BFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.

As you know, Scott will be with us until Jan. 15 before moving to New York for a great new job at Lincoln Center. He will be greatly missed.

We have hired a reporter to fill our staff writer opening. Gene Maddaus of the Daily Breeze will come aboard Jan. 11.

Gene is an energetic, tough-minded reporter who has laid down a lot of shoe leather working at three newspapers in Southern California. He has an impressive record of enterprise and investigative work, stories he turned out at a time when that kind of reporting is harder to execute at daily newspapers.

At the Daily Breeze, Gene covered politics and Carson City Hall for more than three years. Before that, he covered the city of Pasadena for the Pasadena Star-News. He began his newspaper career at the Inland Valley Times, a now-defunct Times Community newspaper.

Gene is a 2000 graduate of Syracuse University in 2000. He grew up in Maine.

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