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 ScreenRant.com 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. It has only been the past couple of years that I have really gotten in to movie news. SR is where I first started and I have no plan in leaving. Congrats to you Vic and all of the SR team for all the hard work you have put into this site!

  2. I admittedly stumbled upon Screen Rant earlier this year. But since then, I’ve scoured this site for all movie information & is now the first place I go to when I want to know what’s going on in the industry. And it’s a just a bonus that I have the Underground podcast to listen every week. When there’s a big movie event like what happened recently with Thor 2, I’m on pins & needles to hear the insightful discussions of what the editors thought of it. You guys do an amazing job. Here’s to another 10 years!!!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCREEN RANT!!!
    This is my favorite movie site. I’ve been here almost three years now and I look in everyday.

  4. Congrats to Vic and all the Screenrant crew on running the best movie/TV website on the internet. I can’t remember exactly when I found SR, but it was probably either 2005 or 2006. Although I don’t comment and participate as often as I used to, I still check the site almost daily and have the utmost respect for the folks who run it. Keep up the good work and I hope to still be reading Screen Rant in another 10 years!

  5. Wow.

    Thank you all SO much for your kind words. It really, REALLY means a lot and is quite a shot in the arm for me (and for the rest of the crew here, I’m sure). I’m blown away by your comments on this anniversary post.

    No, it’s not easy to do what we do – but I have an amazing crew of editors and writers (not to mention our intrepid moderator, Paul Young). I also appreciate a couple of you wanting me to come back and write from time to time – but the folks I have writing here are FAR more qualified than I am (plus, I’m out of practice). :-D

    Anyway, thanks so much again for all the kind words, folks – there is so much venom online that reading through all these was like a breath of fresh air.

    Best regards,

    Vic Holtreman
    President, ScreenRant.com

  6. Congratulations Screenrant and Vic

  7. Congratulations, Vic. Compliments and many thanks to you and everyone at Screen Rant – long may you continue!

  8. I have been visiting the aire and listen ign to the podcast for about 2 years and I realty apreciate all the hard Work put in for us movie nerds.

  9. Happy Birthday screenrant, this website is the only movie critic website that matches my tastes, since I started visiting not only has it given me upcoming releases to look out for but also older films to track down and watch, thanks screenrant and keep up the good work :)

  10. I discovered SR 2 years ago, and have visited it daily ever since, and will continue to do so as long as we both exist (assuming the site does not explode in 2015). Thanks for running a great site, and happy birthday!

  11. Here’s to the next 10!

    I don’t remember exactly how I came across this site a few years back, but I’m extremely happy I did. I’m very thankful and appreciative to be part of this great team. It’s a real thrill to be able to write here.

    • I’ve enjoyed your articles, Chris. Keep up the great work!

      • Thanks! Glad you like them.

  12. Congratulations! Wow 10 years and some great articles. I have won some great prizes. My favorite was the “9″ package. You have been my go to site since 2009!!! It’s always nice to come here and realize that I am not the only one out here wondering if my opinion is right or wrong. Wishing you continued success!!!! So Say We All!!!!

  13. Happy birthday to the best movie site around! A big thanks to Vic and the team for all the hard work you do! I enjoy not only reading all the great articles but also talking to all the Scranters (veterans and new) I’ve come to know over the years. Cheers!

  14. Not too often do i comment due to the brilliant work by the writers and a large group of astute fans of the site but I think that speaks to the excellent time and passion put into this site. I did want to share my first stumble upon the site in which I happened to discover that I liked movies. Who would have thought? It was specifically the great constructive criticism given to the sacred universe of Star Wars. I began to have a greater love for this cinematic universe that I loved so much because of the balanced approach to the reviews (thanks by the way for pointing out how much of a cry baby Anakin was, I truly glazed over that element). I do wish to thank the staff of ScreenRant for inspiring me to have a greater love for cinema (as apposed to a movie-buff mind you, there is a difference). I hope that the staff continues to learn from this community and themselves while pushing themselves to new heights. Thanks.

  15. Happy birthday to you dear friends!

  16. Happy Birthday Screenrant, have been a fan for years. Thanks for all the great news and reviews. I especially enjoy that you cover a variety of projects recognizing many types of art including film, tv, indies,and straight to video. I also enjoy that the site gives more credit to action and science fiction than others do. Hope you guys the best for many years to come.

  17. I don’t remember the first time I went on this site but it has been two years and after trying to find the right website I came across you guys. This is my number one site for all things movie and t.v.-related. You guys are so awesome with giving us updates and new interesting news to share. I also want to tell you that I am fairly knew to commenting on articles but nevertheless have always wanted to share my movie enthusiasm with you. And I close out with saying Happy 10th anniversary or birthday for which ever you prefer. :)

  18. I think it’s indicative of Screen Rant that my previous post was censored.
    It spells out for me how much Screen Rant has grown closer to Hollywood players, and delights in basking in that glow,,, as opposed to grime journalists exposing hypocrisy.
    This comes back to Vic.
    vic is determined to see this site as the premier site for movie-tv releases. And I heartily applaud his success and determination thus far.
    I cannot applaud however the degeneration of this site into promos for the major players and reinterpretations, Basically whoring themselves under a rewrite.

    I look forward to the day when I can have an uncensored rant at Hollywood bull amd their advertisisers….like screen rant!!

    • Highlander,

      We put comments into moderation for basically three reasons:

      1. Foul language.
      2. Personal attacks.
      3. Blatant flame-baiting.

      That’s it. If you’re going into moderation it’s for one of those three reasons. We have no problem with people disagreeing with us as long as it is done in a civil, intelligent manner.

      As to your reference to “whoring” – there is a firewall between advertisers and the writers. They know nothing of the money side of the site. We also do not allow the same person who was invited to a set visit to be the same person who reviews the film related to that visit.

      You are welcome to switch over to another site if you believe this one lacks integrity. That is the beauty of the internet.

      Finally, I will say it’s a testament both to our staff and our readers that we didn’t get a comment like yours until having 112 positive ones in a row.

      Regards,

      Vic

      • Finally, I will say it’s a testament both to our staff and our readers that we didn’t get a comment like yours until having 112 positive ones in a row.

        I will take that as a compliment. Thank you, and I continue to question the integrity of Screen Rant.

        Nevertheless, happy anniversary!

  19. Congrats! Very good site although there are some spotty calls in some of the reviews here and there.

    GGWP and continue to do what you guys do best, create daily media events.

  20. Congrats! Happy Anniversary to my favorite movie site! :)

  21. Happy anniversary, guys…I am a huge fan of the site and I check in everyday…keep up the good work!!

  22. Congrats guys. You’ve been my go to source for movie information and time wasting while at work for the last six years or so and I appreciate it. Best of luck to you as you embark on the next ten years and hopefully many, many more.

  23. Congratulations Screen Rant on ten years. I’ve only been here for about four, but it’s been a part of my everyday routine since I found this place to come and check. Thank you for one of the best movie sites around and keeping a great community vibe. I wish you the best of luck as I’ll continue reading with you guys every day.

  24. Congrats,blah blah blah lol.No I really enjoy this site and it’s the only one I visit when I have the time.For me being a huge movie buff I hate I didn’t find this sooner,but it’s been a strong two years off & on.You keep most of the a**holes off and keep it professional while still having fun.So congrats and hears to ten more years.

  25. Happy Birthday Screen Rant ! Found you out about a year ago when looking for some decent site that gave reviews and news about my favorite shows and movies, You guys supplied the goods! Now I have your RSS feed on my desktop and I read a few articles every day and they are always enjoyable concise and spot on. Keep being the best Tv an Movies site out there, Its been great jumping on that screenrant band wagon. Thanks a lot for what you do, and Congratulations.

  26. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the best movie site there is, Screen Rant!

  27. Congratulations,to the first site I check every day. Keep it up!

  28. You guys know I’m on here almost everyday. Regardless, respect and keep bringing us that almost fan-like perspective. That’s what sets SR apart.

  29. Vic, congrats and congrats to the whole Screen Rant team. You guys do an amazing job. This is the only website I visit for movie news and I usually check it out about three or four times a day. I read all the movie reviews you guys put up and usually consider movies to go watch in theaters based on the reviews. Keep at it and keep it going for another 10.

    P.S. Once I get some more experience with writing (I’m only 18 years old), I will contact you and we can see what we’ll do about a job. Haha.