Tom McLean

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Tom McLean is a veteran writer, editor and author with more than 25 years’ experience as a professional journalist. A graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, McLean has worked nonstop in journalism since 1992, focusing primarily on arts and business. His experience includes starting out as the entertainment editor and then weekend news editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, carrying complete responsibility for reporting, writing, editing and overseeing production on entire sections of the newspaper on a daily basis. He also has worked as a multitasking editor and designer for the Idaho Statesman in Boise and for the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif. He transitioned into entertainment journalism in 1999 as an associate editor at Variety. During six years at the entertainment business trade, he covered and wrote about such diverse and technical areas of movie making as visual effects, animation, the Academy Awards and business-oriented events such as MIP-TV, the Cannes film festival and SXSW. He also started an early blog for Variety about the impact of the comic-book business on Hollywood, which earned him invitations to appear on and host panels and discussions at events such as Book Expo America, Creative Screenwriting Expo, the film market at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and New York Comic-Con. He also served as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards and Comic-Con International Film Festival. As a freelancer, he wrote the book Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Page to Screen (Sequart, 2008), and had articles frequently published in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Animation Magazine, Below the Line,, Publisher’s Weekly and DGA Quarterly. He oversaw and produced content for several special advertising sections, representing clients including Skype, PriceWaterhouseCooper and Howard’s Appliances published in Variety and the Los Angeles Times. He has served stints as the features editor of Below the Line and online news editor for, establishing the publication’s original and successful online presence. As editor in chief of Animation Magazine, McLean produced 10 print editions a year, including the magazine’s 30th anniversary edition, the largest and most profitable in its history. He freelances for various publications and business clients.

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