The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato Joins L.A. Times

She starts Jan. 3.

We wrote last week about Rebecca Keagan’s breezy new Vanity Fair daily e-mail newsletter HWD. Now it is time to congratulate the person taking her place at the Los Angeles Times as a film reporter.

Jen Yamato (pictured), who shared all kinds of great stuff this year as a Daily Beast entertainment reporter, is joining the Tronc publication in the New Year, taking over Keegan’s vacated slot. Here’s the memo that just went out from Mary McNamara, assistant managing editor, arts and entertainment:

I am happy to announce that Jen Yamato is joining the Calendar staff as a film reporter beginning Jan. 3. She joins The Times after two years as entertainment reporter and critic at the Daily Beast where she covered film, television and all the major film festivals, from Cannes to Sundance (though her heart lies with the nerd circus that is Comic-Con).

A proud UC Berkeley grad long obsessed with film and pop culture, Jen began her career as an editor at Rotten Tomatoes before becoming the West Coast editor and then executive editor of Movieline. From there she became a reporter and editor at Deadline Hollywood, where she followed major stories including the Midnight Rider tragedy and how the death of Sarah Jones shook up the entire film industry.

As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jen once swore she would never live in L.A. We are very happy that she changed her mind. We are thrilled to have her join the film team to help, as she put it, “shine a light on the business and magic of making movies from the place where they all began.”

Please join me in welcoming Jen as we begin a new year of continued excellence in arts and entertainment journalism.

Yamato, like Keegan, brings with her some vivid knowledge of the social media and millennial arts. Her arrival also means a lot of people on Spring Street are going to need to up their karaoke game.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
L.A. Times Hire Sets the Stage for Epic Karaoke Battle

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.