Pete Hammond joins the HollywoodNews.com Team
HollywoodNews.com: We are very excited to announce that Pete Hammond has joined the HollywoodNews.com team of over 25 reporters and contributors. He will be writing a new blog titled This Week in Movies.
Hammond is a writer, producer, movie critic and film expert whose commentary on the entertainment industry has appeared in numerous publications and on air interviews including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, OK Magazine, NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Evening News With Brian Williams on MSNBC, the CBC, BBC, Bravo, E!, AMC, Canada AM and the KTLA Morning Show.
Currently, Pete is the film critic for Boxoffice Magazine and Boxoffice.com as well as Backstage Magazine. Pete is also a regular contributing columnist for The Los Angeles Times/ The Envelope, where he writes the insightful NOTES ON A SEASON blog. Pete also secures the films and hosts the extremely popular KCET Cinema Series which has been selling out regularly for the past ten years. He is also the instructor for UCLA Extension’s Sneak Preview Winter Session where he shows films prior to release and interviews filmmakers.
Additionally, for the past fifteen years Pete has been Contributing Editor writing over 500 reviews for the best selling Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide.
Most recently, Pete was a regular on-camera presence interviewing celebrities on Biography Channel’s series, Famous. Peter also served for four years on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences representing writers.
Pete’s previous writing positions include awards season commentary on a regular basis for HollywoodWiretap.com as well as a contributor to Variety where he wrote numerous articles on the Cannes Film Festival, AFI Fest and the annual Awards season. He was also a film critic for Maxim Magazine / Maxim Online and Hollywood.com.
Prior to being a film critic, Pete was a full time consultant to the AMC Network. Before AMC, he worked on numerous shows including Coordinating Producer for Access Hollywood, Extra and Entertainment Tonight where he oversaw their movie coverage. Pete also was a talent producer for the Martin Short Show as well as a writer and segment producer for the final two years of The Arsenio Hall Show.
Pete is known in the industry as one of the best “moderators”. His unique interview skills have been utilized by Variety for their annual awards screening series as well as AFI for various panels. He has hosted numerous tributes at the Santa Barbara Film Festival including Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, Forrest Whitaker, Angelina Jolie, Tommy Lee Jones, Mickey Rourke, Kristin Scott Thomas and David Fincher. Pete has also moderated filmmaker discussions at Mill Valley, CineVegas, San Francisco Film Festival, Cannes, American Cinematheque, SAG, DGA, BAFTA and WGA.
Pete’s list of on-stage interviews with some of our industry’s finest talent reaches far and wide but some of his more notable discussions include Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Shirley MacLaine, Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott and Jodie Foster.
Pete is the recipient of five Emmy nominations for his television writing. He is the winner of the 1996 Publicists Guild of America’s Press Award.