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December 14, 2009

The End Of A Personal Era: John No Longer Going To Be With The Movie Blog

— Posted by John Campea

Back on July 24th 2003… about 6 and a half years ago… I started “The Movie Blog” and in doing so (along with many others) helped create and shape the film blogging community that we have out there today.

I was the very first person to establish a regular podcast for movie sites (now just about every film site has a podcast), won awards, appeared in just about every media outlet, and was given the chance to do a lot of cool things.

But as Star Trek: The Next Generation said on their series finale, “all good things must come to an end”.

With those words, I announce that my time with “The Movie Blog” has come to an end as of the end of this month.

First of all I have to say the current ownership of “The Movie Blog” has been FANTASTIC. Very supportive. Very enthusiastic. In general, just couldn’t be more of a pleasure to work for and work with. I will really miss working with them on this level. At this point I do not know what they have planned for the future of TMB, but whatever it is, know that the name is in good hands.

Secondly, I have to give a big shout out to all those many many people who have helped “The Movie Blog” be the site that it was.

Rodney Brazeau, who has been doing much of the posting the last few months, has been an off and on contributor ever since the site started. You can continue to follow Rodney on his new film site (It’s not that new actually) www.TheStub.ca. It’s a wonderful site where Rodney’s film insight will continue to be be published. You should all check it out daily.

Doug Nagy gave the blog incredible personality for the years he was a part of the site. He worked along side of me on the Podcast and was a huge part of why we won the inaugural “Podcast of the Year” award. Doug continues to be a stand up comedian and you can follow him online at DougNagy.com.

Richard Brunton brought a wonderful writing style to the site and runs his own online film site called FilmStalker.Com

Todd Brown was one of the first contributing writers to the site and now runs the incredible TwitchFilm.Net

From Pia, Dan, Ashley, Dave, Bruxy, Darren, Sharon, Serena… the list goes on and on.

There are just too many people to list individually, but to all of them I owe a HUGE debt of thanks.

Most of all… thank you to all “The Movie Blog” readers. Many of you have been with me and the site from nearly the beginning, and I can’t express my gratitude to you enough.

You will still be able to find me writing about movies as the Editor at the new AMC Entertainment movie news blog that you can find here:
www.amcentertainment.com

I’m also going to start posting again at my personal blog over at www.campea.wordpress.com

As a final thought, please continue to visit, support and participate the film blog community. There are many wonderful sites out there like Screen Rant, /Film, RowThree, FIlmDrunk, Rope of Silicon, Cinematical, Cinema Blend… perhaps even the new incarnation of TMB… the list is huge. Active movie fan communities make being a movie fan all the more fun.

Chapters end, and chapters begin. Love to all of you, and thank you for giving me one of the best, and most defining experiences of my life.

Thank you again.

~John

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  • http://www.rowthree.com Jonathan

    Classy…

  • Goon

    Seriously, while i’ve never been the Rodney fan, John’s actions make you look like a saint for putting up with him for so long. What a douche move.

  • Andrew James

    All you have to do now is steal the TMB RSS feed and link it to your other site John.

    … oh wait…

    • http://www.amcentertainment.com John Campea

      Actually Andrew, the feedburner account is my personal one that I used to track stats. My feedburner account is mine, so I didn’t steal anything.

      I’ve written to TMB to notify them that I was switching it back over and to let the know they needed to put in the actual TMB RSS feed link.

  • http://www.stalepopcorn.co.uk Kristina

    Oh, man. I get busy, stop visiting regularly, come back and everything’s gone to pot:)

    It really is like the end of an era. I’ve been coming here for years reading the site. I remember getting all excited for the live broadcasts,a nd it was so much fun to call in and talk to you guys, and to make new online pals through the site. It’s sad that you’re leaving, but I wish you luck in your new venture.

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