Who is behind The A.V. Club?

Editorial Director: Josh Modell

Executive Editor: Laura M. Browning

Editor: Sean O’Neal

Senior Editor and Head of Video and Podcasts: Marah Eakin

Deputy Managing Editor: Caitlin PenzeyMoog

Film Editor: A.A. Dowd

Food Editor: Kevin Pang

Gameological Editor: Matt Gerardi

Internet Culture Editor: Clayton Purdom

News Editor: Katie Rife

TV Editor: Erik Adams

Editors-At-Large: Kyle Ryan, John Teti

Staff Writer: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Assistant Editors: Danette Chavez, Gwen Ihnat, Alex McLevy

Copy Editors: Laura Adamczyk, Kelsey J. Waite

Social Media Manager: Meg Brett

Social Media Coordinator: Julia Nelson

Web Producer: Baraka Kaseko

Contributing Writers: Sam Barsanti, Mike D’Angelo, LaToya Ferguson, Kyle Fowle, Zack Handlen, Will Harris, Jesse Hassenger, William Hughes, Noel Murray, Dennis Perkins, Oliver Sava, Caroline Siede, Mike Vago, Annie Zaleski

What is The A.V. Club?

The A.V. Club is an entertainment website. You can view it online by directing your computing device to www.avclub.com.

What does A.V. stand for?

“Audiovisual.” Back in olden times, a school’s audiovisual club would be composed of a bunch of geeks who actually knew how to run the filmstrip and film projectors, and were typically deeply involved in things like audio fidelity and newfangled speakers. We’re proud to carry on the tradition of people immersed in pop culture and entertainment media to a somewhat obsessive degree.

So the stuff you write is all fake, like The Onion’s “news,” right?

No. Not even a little. The A.V. Club is published by Onion, Inc., and has been a proud “sister publication” of The Onion since the mid-’90s, but The A.V. Club features real interviews, reviews, features, and other entertainment-related articles.

Where is it based?

We have contributors from all over the country, but Chicago is our home base.

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  • Flagrant attacks on other commentators, staffers, or interview / review subjects, particularly aggressive, insulting posts with no other point to make. Unacceptable: “You’re a dick!” Acceptable: “Only a dick would watch Con Air six times in a row!” Better: “You watched Con Air six times?! You should’ve taken IQ tests before and after to see how it affected you.”
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Will you review my CD / book / movie / poetry / pottery?

Maybe. Probably not. But maybe. Please bear in mind that we’re presented with an enormous amount of material every day, so it’s simply impossible to respond to every item that crosses our desks, much less review it. Items for review consideration can be sent to The A.V. Club at our Chicago office (The A.V. Club, 730 N. Franklin St., 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60654), but we absolutely cannot guarantee that anything you send us will be covered.

Don’t you guys have a TV show?

We do! It’s called The A.V. Club Hosted By John Teti. As the title suggests, it’s hosted by our Editor-At-Large, John Teti, who interviews celebrity guests and delves into the week’s biggest pop culture stories, each Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Fusion. You can also stream it on Amazon.

Didn’t you guys put out a book?

We’ve released three books under the A.V. Club banner. The Tenacity Of The Cockroach: Conversations With Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders (2002) collects dozens of our best early interviews with the longtime survivors of the entertainment industry. Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, And 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists (2009) features some of our most popular Inventory lists, plus a variety of new lists that never appeared online. And Nathan Rabin’s My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man’s Journey Deep Into The Heart Of Cinematic Failure (2010) collects some of the most popular columns from Nathan’s My Year Of Flops feature, plus a ton of book-only content.

I’m a big fan of someone you interviewed. Can you put me in touch with him/her, or pass on my idea for a book / album / show / film?

Sorry, no. It’s rare for us to receive any personal contact information for our interview subjects. In the instances where we do have this information, we do not give it out, nor can we pass on messages, project pitches, etc.

Can I work for you?

We very occasionally have job openings we’re looking to fill. See the jobs page for details. It updates as new openings become available. We are not currently accepting pitches from new freelancers.

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