|Type||Popular culture, entertainment, news, reviews, politics, progressive|
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
The A.V. Club is an online newspaper 's 1996 website launch, The A.V. Club had minimal presence on the website at that point.and entertainment website featuring reviews, interviews, and other articles that examine films, music, television, books, games, and other elements of pop culture media. The A.V. Club was created in 1993 as a supplement to its satirical parent publication, The Onion . While it was a part of The Onion
A 2005 website redesign placed The A.V. Club in a more prominent position, allowing its online identity to grow. Unlike its parent publication, The A.V. Club is not satirical.The publication's name is a reference to audiovisual (AV) clubs typical of American high schools.
In 1993, five years after the founding of The Onion , Stephen Thompson, a student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, launched an entertainment section of the newspaper.
In 1996, both The Onion and The A.V. Club were debuted on the Internet.The A.V. Club was originally a sub-section of the main theonion.com domain name.
The supplement was moved to its own domain name, theavclub.com,before the 2005 acquisition of the shorter avclub.com domain name. The latter change coincided with a redesign that incorporated reader comments and blog content. In 2006, the website shifted its content model again to add content on a daily, rather than weekly, basis. Some contributors have become established as freelance writers and editors.
In December 2004, Stephen Thompson left his position as founding editor of The A.V. Club.
According to Sean Mills, then-president of The Onion, the A.V. Club website first reached more than 1 million unique visitors in October 2007.In late 2009, the website was reported to have received more than 1.4 million unique visitors and 75,000 comments per month.
At its peak, the print version of The A.V. Club was available in 17 different cities.Localized sections of the website were also maintained, with reviews and news relevant to specific cities. The print version and localized websites were gradually discontinued, and in December 2013, print publication ceased production in the last three markets.
On December 13, 2012, long-time writer and editor Keith Phipps, who oversaw the website after Stephen Thompson left, stepped down from his role as editor of The A.V. Club. He said, "Onion, Inc. and I have come to a mutual parting of the ways."
On April 2, 2013, long-time film editor and critic Scott Tobias stepped down as film editor of The A.V. Club. He said via Twitter, "After 15 great years @theavclub, I step down as Film Editor next Friday."
On April 26, 2013, long-time writers Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, and Genevieve Koski announced that they would also be leaving the website to begin work on a new project with Scott Tobias and Keith Phipps.Koski also said that she would continue to write freelance articles. Writer Noel Murray announced he would be joining their new project, but would also continue to contribute to The A.V. Club in a reduced capacity. On May 30, 2013, it was announced that those six writers would be part of the senior staff of The Dissolve , a film website run by Pitchfork Media.
In April and June 2014, senior staff writers Kyle Ryan, Sonia Saraiya, and Emily VanDerWerffleft the website for positions at Entertainment Weekly , Salon , and Vox Media, respectively. In 2015, Ryan returned to Onion, Inc. for a position in development. Following his departure from The Dissolve earlier that month, Nathan Rabin returned to write freelance for the A.V. Club website in May 2015. He renewed his regular column "My World of Flops". The Dissolve folded in July 2015.
On February 16, 2017, The A.V. Club's editor-at-large, John Teti, posted an article on the website announcing the upcoming release of a television series, titled The A.V. Club and based on the website.The series, hosted by Teti, began airing on Fusion on 16 March 2017 and ran for one season. The series featured news, criticism, and discussions about various popular culture topics and featured staff members from the website.
In January 2016, Univision Communications acquired "a 40 percent, controlling stake" in Onion Inc., the parent company of The A.V. Club.Later that year, Univision also purchased Gawker Media and reorganized several of Gawker's sites into the new Gizmodo Media Group, a division of Fusion Media Group.
In November 2017, due to the community's expanding membership and an increasing volume of original content, The A.V. Club offshoot website After Dark was switched from Disqus to a separate WordPress site, re-branded The Avocado. The site was subsequently migrated from Bulbs, an internal content management system developed by Onion Inc., to the Gawker-developed Kinja platform.It has deleted the comment section and audience reviews hosted on the previous site. In July of 2018, Univision announced they were looking for a buyer for the entire Gizmodo Group.
In April 2019, Gizmodo and The Onion were sold to private equity firm Great Hill Partners, which combined them into a new company named G/O Media.In July 2019, executive editor Laura M. Browning and managing editor Caitlin PenzeyMoog left. In early 2020, it was announced that former People magazine and Entertainment Weekly editor Patrick Gomez had been named editor-in-chief and the site was opening a Los Angeles bureau.
In March 2018 the employees of the company announced they had unionized with The Writers Guild Of America, East.The union comprises "all of the creative staffs at Onion Inc.: The A.V. Club, The Onion, ClickHole, The Takeout, Onion Labs, and Onion Inc.’s video and art departments." (ClickHole was subsequently acquired by Cards Against Humanity in February 2020. ) The union was recognized on April 20, 2018 and reached a contract agreement with management on December 20, 2018. The contract includes "annual pay increases, minimum pay grades, strong diversity and anti-harassment language, just cause, union security, editorial independence, intellectual property rights, and an end to permalancers."
On December 9, 2010, the website ComicsComicsMag revealed that a capsule review for the book, Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, had been fabricated. The book had not yet been published nor even completed by the authors.After the review was removed, editor Keith Phipps posted an apology on the website, stating that the reporter assigned the review could not locate a copy of the book ("for obvious reasons") and so fabricated it. Leonard Pierce, the author of the review, was terminated from his freelance role with the website.
In 2017, The A.V. Club won an Eisner Award for "Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism" (for works published in 2016).The award went to writers Oliver Sava, Caitlin Rosberg, Shea Hennum, and Tegan O'Neil, and editor Caitlin PenzeyMoog.
Starting in 1999, only lists written by individual writers were published. Beginning in 2006, The A.V. Club began publishing website-consensus year-end album and film rankings, together with lists created by individual writers. Additionally, decade-end lists were published for the 2000s and 2010s.
Annual rankings for television began in 2010.
|2006||The Hold Steady||Boys and Girls in America|
|2007||Arcade Fire||Neon Bible|
|2008||TV on the Radio||Dear Science|
|2009||Phoenix||Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix|
|2010||Kanye West||My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy|
|2012||Frank Ocean||Channel Orange|
|2014||Angel Olsen||Burn Your Fire for No Witness|
|2015||Kendrick Lamar||To Pimp a Butterfly|
|2006||Alfonso Cuarón||Children of Men|
|2007||Joel and Ethan Coen||No Country for Old Men|
|2009||Kathryn Bigelow||The Hurt Locker|
|2010||Debra Granik||Winter's Bone|
|2011||Terrence Malick||The Tree of Life|
|2012||Paul Thomas Anderson||The Master|
|2013||Richard Linklater||Before Midnight|
|2015||George Miller||Mad Max: Fury Road|
|2016||Kenneth Lonergan||Manchester by the Sea|
|2017||Sean Baker||The Florida Project|
|2019||Martin Scorsese||The Irishman|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story||FX|
|2017||The Good Place||NBC|
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