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Sean O’Connell has been named East Coast Editor for

Beverly Hills, CA July 26, 2011: Sean O’Connell has been named East Coast Editor for, an arm of the Hollywood News Network, publisher Carlos de Abreu announced today.

In addition to his regular daily contributions, O’Connell now will manage a staff of writers stationed in New York and Los Angeles who are dedicated to bringing’s readers the freshest, most in-depth coverage of the film and entertainment industry.

“We are very excited with Sean’s promotion to East Coast Editor. His writing talent together with his work ethic and experience on the entertainment and film business made him the ideal person to assume that position,”said publisher, Carlos de Abreu

O’Connell joined as a staff writer in December 2009. Since then, he has contributed daily news, interviews, features, reviews and audio podcasts to the site. He covers all major film festivals for — from Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.

O’Connell also is the chief correspondent for’s annual awards race coverage, which includes columns, reviews and interviews with the cast and crew of every film running in the Oscar race.

“I am extremely excited about enhancing the already extensive coverage we provide at,” O”Connell said.

In addition to, O’Connell is a freelance film critic for The Washington Post. He has been published in USA Today. His work currently appears on,, and AMC FilmCritic. He is an active member in the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Scoiety (OFCS) and the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA). —, was founded by Internet pioneer, Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards —, founder, and “New York Times” bestselling author (“Husband, Lover Spy,” and “Opening The Doors To Hollywood”) Carlos de Abreu. brings unique and fresh entertainment news to the industry and world community. The team of Hollywood insiders brings to the fans entertainment news about awards, fashion, lifestyles, movies, music and television, access to red carpet and live events, and one-on-one in depth interviews with stars and celebrities. In addition, we are able to take you behind the scenes – backstage, on set, and private parties.

Sean O’Connell
East Coast Editor
Tel: 704-517-5539
Carlos de Abreu
Tel: 310-887-1444
Hollywood Network, Inc.
433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

About Carlos de Abreu

Carlos is the publisher of and co-author of the national and “The New York Times” bestseller, "Husband, Lover, Spy: A True Story,” St. Martin’s Press, as well as “Opening The Doors To Hollywood,” Crown Publishing. In addition, he is an Internet pioneer that launched the Hollywood Network® online, in 1994, and is the founder and CEO of the Hollywood Network® Inc., an entertainment, marketing and live event production company. In 1997, he founded the prestigious Hollywood Film Festival® and Hollywood Awards®. He was a jet pilot in the Portuguese Air Force and studied economics at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and film at UCLA.

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