Wall Street Journal business editor Jamie Heller sent out the following on Thursday:
Following on the note Emma just sent, here are further details about changes in the leadership of our media and entertainment coverage.
Amol Sharma is now Media & Entertainment editor of The Wall Street Journal, taking on oversight of our L.A. corporate coverage alongside his responsibilities for media & marketing coverage out of New York. Companies across media and entertainment increasingly compete on common fronts and struggle with similar questions, including how to make streaming a profitable, sustainable business. This convergence makes this alignment the right move for our coverage and readers.
Amol is the ideal person for the job. As Media & Marketing chief for nearly nine years, Amol has helped lead our work on subjects ranging from blockbuster industry mergers to the rise of streaming video to the emergence of big tech as a force in advertising to the impact, recently, of AI on news and book publishing. A 17-year veteran of the WSJ, Amol worked for the Journal as a correspondent in New Delhi and as a telecom and media reporter. He got his start here working for our now-CEO, Almar Latour. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.
Sarah Krouse is the new L.A. Bureau Chief. A reporting force, Sarah started her career at Dow Jones about 12 years ago and has dominated multiple beats including money managers, telecoms and, most recently, Netflix and streaming. Sarah also contributed to the team covering Covid during the pandemic. She spent about a year covering Alphabet at the Information, returning to the Journal in 2022. As L.A. Bureau Chief, Sarah will lead our coverage of Hollywood, the music industry and gambling, reporting to Amol. She will soon be moving from the New York area to L.A. with her husband.
Amol and Sarah will work closely with deputy media bureau chief David Marcelis, a critical hand helping to shepherd coverage and edits across the team, and deputy media editor Jessica Toonkel, an ace reporter who helps coordinate coverage across media, entertainment and technology.
Please join me in wishing this super squad the very best.