It’s Screen Rant’s 10th Anniversary!

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It was 10 long years ago that I launched a little movie and TV website just for fun, and at the time I never thought in my wildest dreams that would reach as many people as we do today. When I started the site I knew next to nothing about web design, evidenced by the hideous look of version 1.0:

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Behold, the birth of Screen Rant!

Screen Rant was born back in November 2003 – and I had no experience with web design or anything else internet-related… I was just a movie as well as sci-fi fan and interested in this whole internet thing that seemed to be up and coming, and I thought it might be cool to set up one of those new websites called a “weblog.” Figured it might be fun to establish a place where I could talk about movies and TV, both the good and the bad, but I never thought anyone would read it beyond a couple of friends. It was more of a sandbox to play around with web design while writing about something I love.

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Screen Rant in 2004

Some of the earliest articles on the site were about Sci-Fi’s (that’s right, NOT “SyFy”) Battlestar Galactica, and the (at the time) brand new Lord of the Rings films. You probably don’t even remember that at one point both McG and Michael Bay were rumored to direct what became Bryan Singer’s version of Superman. icon smile Its Screen Rants 10th Anniversary!

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Awesome redesign, 2004

Back then the site was heavy on the “Rant” side of things and it was just me and my friend Brian Rentschler venting a couple of times a week. Things puttered along for a while as a personal blog just for fun, but over time people started leaving comments on the site and conversations began to blossom around whatever article we’d written. So in summer 2008 I thought maybe Screen Rant could “be somebody.”

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Screen Rant in 2005

Kofi Outlaw came on board as a part time writer (he’s now Screen Rant Editor-in-Chief) and then a few months later I noticed a very well-spoken commenter on the site who I thought might be a good contributor. Turns out I was right, and his name is Rob Keyes (now also a Senior Editor and in charge of PR for the site).

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Screen Rant in 2007

One of the early things that served as a “boost” for the site was when someone happened to email me photos of the desert set in the first Iron Man film – no one else had those and it not only brought us some early notoriety, it also put us on Paramount’s radar screen. icon razz Its Screen Rants 10th Anniversary! We’ve had a number of articles written that have become the go-to source for movie info over the years (articles like our Inception Ending Explained), which has been read by over 3 million people.

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2009, ahead of its time!

As time went on we brought more and more writers on board, including our current heavy-hitters, Contributing Editor Sandy Schaefer, one of our two token girl writers (I kid, I kid – she is an amazing contributor) Hannah Shaw-Williams, our wacky TV Editor Anthony Ocasio, Managing Editor and SR Underground Podcast Producer Ben Kendrick, and Editor Ben Moore, who keeps the night and weekend fires burning. We left behind the personal blog vibe for more of a magazine format, and it’s worked out well.

Many writers have come and gone, and I no longer personally write for the site, but we continue to do our best to bring readers news about the sorts of movies we love – with a dose of editorial opinion. It’s been a LOT of work, along with some luck, and I want to thank our intrepid crew for the great job they do day in and day out.

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2010, a bit of a step backwards

There have been some ups and downs, stresses and craziness. There have been growing pains, both behind the scenes, and in our very lively comment section. Some of you have been with us for a VERY long time, and wish for “the old days,” but with popularity comes all the crazy people, and we now have about 1,000 new comments per day. Still, we do what we can to keep the conversation from getting mean and nasty (which isn’t easy, let me tell you!).

Overall it’s been a great ride and has given me the chance to meet and become friends with other really cool movie bloggers and industry people, work with what I consider to be the greatest team in the movie blogosphere, and to connect with movie fans like yourselves.

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Screen Rant: 2011

So today we’re visited almost 10 million times every month – and we’re still working hard at trying to bring you the latest and best information on the movies and TV you enjoy – along with a bit of fun here and there.

We are all very grateful to you, our readers.

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Screen Rant in 2013

I have far, far too many people to thank, and I don’t want this to come across like a Oscar acceptance speech – outside of the folks I’ve already mentioned above I have to thank my wife Kathleen, for letting me keep this crazy thing going and believing it would amount to something some day, my sister Isabel, with whom I forged a love of all things sci-fi, my developer, Michael, who squeezes in design time wherever he can, and my fellow movie bloggers who’ve been there for support over the years – you know who you are. icon smile Its Screen Rants 10th Anniversary!

If you’re a regular visitor I want to thank you for coming back again and again. If you’re a first time reader, kick off your shoes, relax, and have a look around… join in on the conversation and hang out.

I consider a lot of you folks friends, so again, thanks for sticking with us.

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  1. SCREENRANT has been my place to go when it comes to movies, tv ,trailer,news and the only podcast I listen to (well, besides kevin smith smodcast, and I listen to that irregulary). you guys are awesome and hilarious and I think we can all tell you guys enjoy what you guys do which shows and that’s why we come back…ANOTHER!!(mug shatters)

    to SCREENRANT!…keep on rockn it!

  2. i’ve been a regular screenrant visitor for about 2-3 years and i can honestly say this may not be the fastest to bring news but this is my favorite site.

  3. Congratulations!

    I’m not much of a commenter, but have been an avid reader for over a year now. I’ve followed many sites similar, but none have met the standards of what screenrant offers.

  4. Congrats to you! Love the site and have been coming here for years now! Keep up the great work!

  5. It’s been a delight to read this site and a privilege to contribute over these last few months. Here’s to the past, present, and future.

  6. Love this site,keep it going guys!

  7. Thanks!

  8. I’ve come here to learn all things movies! and Let me tell you i definitely love it! Its a daily thing to do to, just like Instagram and Facebook! Congrats Guys!

  9. Happy Birthiversary!

    Funny how I only found you this year… oh well… better late than never.

    See you in 2023!

  10. Congratulations!
    I came onboard this page just recently when I was searching the web for news about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman…I found this page and then I noticed this one was the real deal…

  11. If this site goes down, I will personally show up at your house Vic, and kick you in the face so you’re convinced to get it back up and running. Not too worried about that though :) Thanks to you and the staff for entertaining, delightful, often funny, and QUALITY articles. Been a Ranter for about 3 years now and you lot never disappoint!

    Congratulations on the 10 years.

  12. Screen Rant has been my go-to movie website ever since 2008, when you guys were doing such a great job covering “The Dark Knight”. I’ve recommended this site to many people over the years and love listening to the SR podcast every week, keep up the great work guys!

    • That makes you an official member of the “Outlaw era”


      glad you’re still here!

  13. I love ScreenRant. And the comments section is generally the only comments section I can stand on the Internet. Most of the commenters are smart and civil.

    Happy birthday/anniversary!

  14. It’s been an honor to participate in SR’s growth and changes. It’s my go-to movie site when I need the newest tidbits, and it’s a great place to nerd out about comics & other movies with fellow fans.

    Keep it up Team SR.

  15. FANTASTIC!!!! Congratulations, and here’s to many, many more years to come!

  16. A shipmate of mine who was into Marvel comics like myself introduced me to this awesome website in 2011. We were stationed in the Kingdom of Bahrain and I was not getting movie news like I wanted over there, after my shipmate showed me this website it was love at first sight……….. Congrats Guys for the awesome job you have been doing and for given me a website I consider home. Keep up the great work and may you continue to achieve more success.

  17. Congratulations! A decade on the interwebs is no small feat! Ten more years and then some!

  18. Congratulations Screen Rant!!

    I have enjoyed the site for years and still do. Here’s to another ten plus years of continued success!! :)

  19. Congrats! ScreenRant has been my primary source for movie/TV news for the last couple of years now. Good articles, and it is fun to post comments and carry on conversations with others. May you have many, many more years!

  20. been going to ur site every day for all things movies and tv for last 6 years and you guys are the best!!!. Congrats and keep up the great work

  21. Geez, how did this site last so long??

    LOL, just kidding! Happy Birthday to SR! I love this site. :-)

  22. Congrats from a fellow e-zine developer in Bulgaria :)

  23. And For 10 More! Cheers Guys(drinking in your name :D)

  24. Luv the banter and analysis during your podcasts. I appreciate your familiarity with the source material and how you keep us up to date on the latest genre tv/movies. Nice work guys

  25. I have been coming to Screen Rant for going on to 7 years or so. This has been, by far, the best media website that I have come across. Between SR and Game Rant, I get all of my media news from you guys! I’m very glad that you guys have hit this 10 year milestone and can’t wait for the 15 and 20 year milestones!

    I’ve tried before in the past, but I still hope that someday I may be able to actually write for this site!

    Congrats, Vic!

  26. I don’t post here often, but always come here for my movie and TV news. I value the columns and a lot of the comments by the regular posters. Just wanted to say congratulations to Vic and everyone on the Screenrant team, and I am looking forward to ten more years and beyond!

  27. I love Screen rant! You guys are so freaking epic! I have been coming year for all my movie related news since 08 and have turned several of my friends onto you guys as well. Keep on the god work and congrats on ten years! Cheers!


    Like the new look (but we still need an edit button ;) )

  29. Yay Screenrant! I love you guys so much! I’ve been visiting and commenting for a little over a year now(I’m such a newb!) and you are my go to movie site. I love the podcast, the articles, and I love how you guys let us have fun with speculation on upcoming films like Batman vs Superman. It’s great to have a place where I can connect with people who love movies the way I do(though we might not always agree!). Here’s to ten more years!

    P.S. All of my friends get their movie news from me, and refer to this site as “The Source”.