11 April 2013 2:38 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to two members of the Indiewire Blog Network, who will add more depth and breadth to our offerings. Animation expert Jerry Beck, co-founder of Cartoon Brew, will keep us posted on daily doings in the animation world via Animation Scoop, while Media Web columnist Jon Friedman, who recently left Marketwatch after 14 years, brings his inside look at players and trends in the media industry to Media Matrix. Beck, an animation historian, filmmaker, film distributor, book author ("The Animated Movie Guide," "Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide," "The 50 Greatest Cartoons") and former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies & Disney, will dig into his industry know-how to showcase new aspects of the animation industry unknown to the general public. Beck has programmed animation retrospectives for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has taught animation history at Nyu, »

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