It’s a rare thing to be with a website from its inception to its conclusion. From the very first moment that The Awards Circuit emerged from what used to be known as The Oscar Igloo, I’d been on staff, first hired by former editor Johnny Alba and then under the guidance of our fearless leader, Clayton Davis. Now, as Clayton is rightfully about to join the ranks of Variety as their Awards Editor, it’s time to say goodbye and move on. Suffice to say, it’s an emotional time. Any relationship grown over time is hard to see change, but Clayton and I have built a friendship built on mutual respect and support that you just don’t get everywhere.
So, what’s next? In my case, this time of change is just the kick in the pants I’ve always needed. Early in September, I’ll be finally branching out on my own and starting a website. As you might expect, it’s an awards website, to be known as Awards Radar, and it’ll be my first time running things, which is a scary proposition, though if anyone could have prepared me for the challenge, it’s Clayton. Just watching him captain this ship for over a decade has been an invaluable learning experience.
Luckily, I won’t actually be doing this on my own, as a number of Awards Circuit writers, some from years ago and some you know and love currently, will be joining me in this venture. More on this new site very soon, but for now, you can follow me at Joey Magidson on Facebook, @JoeyMagidson on Twitter and Instagram, and so on. There will be announcements about Awards Radar in the days to come, but even if you just want to say hello and reminisce about Awards Circuit, I’m always available for some chatter.
One more time, thank you to Clayton for this wonderful experience. He’s supported me this entire time, and is supporting me in my shot at being the boss in my new venture. You really can’t ask for more from a boss, or a friend for that matter. He’s truly one of a kind. Plus, where else would I have met so many amazing people (and Mark Johnson, too)? It’s the kind of thing that you have to remember is a rare and lucky experience, even if things can’t stay the same forever. Trust me, I’ll still be jokingly mocking Mark, largely agreeing with Karen, and so on, it’ll just be in a different way when we’re used to. The Awards Circuit may no longer be where we professionally gather, but our personal relationships will still be going strong, that’s for sure.
Thank you to all who read any of my work, and to all who will hopefully continue doing so. None of us can do it without you, so from the bottom of my heart (and I think I can speak for all writers on the site), it has meant the world to us. Here’s to the next step for Clayton, for myself, and for everyone. Big things are coming!