When Geoff Boucher clocks in next Monday for his first day as senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, another long-time EW staffer will be settling in at their own nearby new place of employ. On that same October 1, Dave Karger will officially begin his duties as Fandango’s first ever chief correspondent.

Karger’s new boss Hilary Smith, senior vp of digital communications for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division, is quoted in the press release as saying that the hire is a “game-changer” for Fandango. She’s absolutely right.

While the now Comcast-owned movie ticket behemoth has been churning out movie-related news, review and interview content for years, they’ve never had a marquee reporter in the mix. The addition of Karger provides Fandango with a name brand already seamlessly plugged in to sister properties such as Access Hollywood, The Today Show and E! Entertainment.

The Karger hire also greatly raises the Oscar season profile of Fandango. For the past two years, their chief correspondent has been the Academy’s official red carpet greeter and for many years more, a leading Oscars prognosticator. Karger’s last day at EW was September 18.

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