The movie website’s new correspondent and Oscar guru Dave Karger hosts the weekly digital video series that offers news, commentary and interviews focused on awards season. He will be chatting it up with likely awards contenders and offer predictions, day-of-nomination reactions, and Hollywood buzz. The first three episodes are available for viewing now on Fandango‘s Awards Watch site; Argo‘s Ben Affleck is the inaugural guest. The Frontrunners is the first of several original video series NBCUniversal-owned Fandango is set to unveil in the coming months. In October, it announced three projects in development, one of which, Honored, became Frontrunners.
Fandango has wasted little time making use of Dave Karger, the former Entertainment Weekly Oscar guru that the movie site hired last week as chief correspondent. Not only will he be Fandango’s face to appear on parent company NBCUniversal properties like Today, Access Hollywood and other places, he now will host made-for-Fandango movie news shows, with three announced today in development. Here’s the release:
LOS ANGELES – October 2, 2012 – Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today a new development slate of original video series that will dramatically expand the company’s content offerings. The made-for-Fandango movie news shows will be hosted by movie expert and newly appointed Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger.
“As a trusted entertainment brand that is synonymous with moviegoing, Fandango has a significant opportunity to play an even larger role in the content arena and meet the growing demand from both consumers and advertisers,” said Paul Yanover, Fandango’s new president. “With a major talent like Dave Karger as our movie expert, and Fandango’s extensive reach across the web, mobile and social media, we are extremely well positioned to launch our first-ever original video development slate.”
Working titles of the initial series in development with Dave Karger include:
– “Fanticipation,” a weekly show revealing the upcoming weekend’s top box office contenders and possible sleeper hits, based on proprietary insights and data from Fandango.
– “Honored,” an update, analysis and countdown show during awards season.
– “Unsung,” a series featuring some of biggest names in Hollywood introducing their feature film colleagues (character actor, dialect coach, costume designer, etc.) who deserve to share the spotlight.
It’s a blow for Entertainment Weekly, and a coup for NBC/Universal-owned Fandango. They’ve hired away EW’s Oscar guy Dave Karger, who for the last two years has been the Red Carpet greeter for AMPAS (a job my late Variety colleague Army Archerd had for years), and Karger is good on the tube. He’ll be Fandango’s face as he appears on Today, Access Hollywood, E! Entertainment and an array of other outlets. I’ve always liked his work and appreciate the fact that he’s not an egotistical blowhard like a lot of the so called pundits out there. Here’s Fandango’s release:
NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES – September 27, 2012 – Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it has appointed film expert Dave Karger to the newly created role of Chief Correspondent. The hiring of Karger, a 17-year veteran and senior writer from Entertainment Weekly who also served as the Academy’s official Red Carpet Greeter for the 2011 and 2012 Oscars, is a key part of Fandango’s strategy to be a multi-platform entertainment brand. He will report to Hilary Smith, SVP of Digital Communications and Integrated Media Marketing for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division.
“Dave has a well-deserved nationwide following as one of the industry’s most dynamic and respected film and awards authorities,” said Smith. She added, “Bringing him to Fandango in this newly created position is a game-changer for the brand, as the business builds