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Forbes – 25 Web Celebrities to Know

Forbes has just published its annual Web Celeb 25 – the bloggers, techies and geeks who are rocking the online world. If you are looking for onscreen talent/experts, I suggest you start with the following. I’ve chosen them purely on the basis that they’ve got a good face for TV/are hot. Call me superficial and feel free to disagree:

1) Brian Lam - editor of Gizmodo, a gadget site with 3.1 million views per day

2) Mark Frauenfelder – co-founder of Boing Boing, ‘a directory of wonderful things’.

3) Perez Hilton – founder of celebrity rumour blog Perez Hilton

4) Pete Cashmore - founder of Mashable ‘all that’s new on the web’ whether it be news about the iPhone, Twitter or amazon.

5) Will Leitch - founding editor of sports blog Dead Spin

6) Will Wheaton – ex-Star Trek actor and blogger

7) Matt Drudge – founder of the Drudge Report that broke the Clinton/Lewinsky story.

8) Owen Thomas -managing editor of Silicon Valley scandal rag Valley Wag

9) Nate Silver – statistician and writer on politics blog FiveThirtyEight

10) Kevin Rose -entrepreneur and founder of content sharing website  Digg. He’s got previous as presenter of Tech TV’s The Screen Savers.

And a couple who slipped off the Forbes list but stay on mine:

11) Graham Hill -Designpreneur and founder of green website Treehugger

12) Xeni Jardin -tech journalist and co-editor of Boing Boing and host of Boing Boing TV. She’s also written for Wired and Playboy.

Look closely and you’ll see that many have written/edited Wired Magazine and Playboy. Weird. Or maybe not so…

Nicola Lees (8802 Posts)

I have worked in the media - radio & TV, production and post-production - for more than fifteen years. I have extensive experience as a TV development producer, and have originated, developed, written and pitched proposals for award-winning documentaries, docu-dramas and interactive TV events for a range of UK and US channels, including BBC, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel and Science Channel. I'm the founder of TVMole.com, a website that provides industry intelligence to help TV professionals and aspiring filmmakers get their programme ideas commissioned. I've written two books for Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury: Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot! Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project (2012) Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch (2010) I've produced industry panels for Televisual's Intelligent Factual Festival (2010) and am a regular speaker at universities and film festivals (e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest, Open City Docs Fest, Northern Nights Film Festival, Televisual Intelligent Factual Festival, Broadcast Video Expo). I've served on several film festival juries, including: FD4W International Film Festival, WFTV Awards, Northern Nights Film Festival and TV Collective Film Night at Portobello Film Festival.


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