Kristopher Tapley Joins Variety as Co-Awards Editor

Kristopher Tapley Variety

Kristopher Tapley, whose film awards blog In Contention is a must-read in Hollywood, has joined Variety as Co-Awards editor.

Tapley will help lead the publication’s awards coverage, providing daily, on-the-spot coverage under the In Contention banner on as well as a weekly report in the magazine with fresh content during the film awards season. His comprehensive coverage will also include awards predictions.

He will work closely with Variety awards editor Tim Gray and deputy awards editor Jenelle Riley and will report directly to Claudia Eller, co-editor-in-chief. Tapley will start August 24, kicking off his job by attending and helping cover the Telluride Film Festival as the awards season gets under way.

“We are so excited that Kris is joining our great awards team,” said Eller. “I have always been a huge fan of his strong voice and astute analysis of the industry’s closely watched awards race.”

Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino said she is thrilled that Tapley’s valuable contributions will further bolster the dominant role that Variety plays in the awards season.

“Over the past few years, Kris Tapley and In Contention have provided Awards Season pros and passionate observers with sharp, lively analysis that’s matched by his digital savvy. The combination is irresistible for anyone who loves movies,” said Sobrino.

Tapley, who has covered the film awards landscape for the past 15 years, launched In Contention in 2005 as a premier destination for awards season coverage and analysis. He brought the brand with him to HitFix in 2011, serving as editor-at-large. Tapley’s strategic partnership with the website ended last month.

In Contention was previously affiliated with Variety in 2007, when Tapley worked as an awards analyst and ran an awards blog called Red Carpet District. Variety movie critic Guy Lodge joined In Contention in 2008, working alongside Tapley for six years until Lodge was hired by Variety last year.

“Variety could not be a better fit for In Contention,” said Tapley. “I’m honored to bring this brand to a 110-year-old institution and help Hollywood’s showbiz bible own the awards coverage space. Not only that, but a decade after writing my first words for the outlet, it feels like I’m coming home.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 5

Leave a Reply


Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. John Stark says:

    Glad to see In Contention has a new home. Looking forward to another great season of awards coverage. Sorry to say but HitFix has become a complete waste of time. Kris got out at a good time. P.S. Hey Kris, when is your best shots of the year list going to be ready?

  2. BD says:

    Congrats Kris….very deserved….I’ll miss In Contention though, or at least something that was your own, let’s see how this goes, but again, congrats….And back together with Guy!…

  3. pitypie says:

    Solid news.

  4. Andrej says:

    I was getting hyped because Kris was tinkering a bit with his old In Contention site and it looked like he could bring it back; but if this means he’ll be working with Guy once again, it’s even better. Congrats Kris!

  5. Jason says:

    great hire — Tapley is fantastic, absolutely the best commentator around today on awards and the biz —
    and bring back his podcast w/Anne Thompson while you’re at it

More Biz News from Variety