Fandango has named film expert Dave Karger to the newly created role of chief correspondent, the online movie ticket broker announced Thursday.
The hiring of Karger -- a 17-year veteran and senior writer from Entertainment Weekly who also served as the Academy's official red carpet greeter for the 2011 and 2012 Oscars -- is a key part of Fandango's strategy to be a multi-platform entertainment brand.
He will report to Hilary Smith, SVP of digital communications and Integrated media marketing for NBCUniversal's entertainment and digital networks and Integrated media division.
"Dave has a well-deserved nationwide following as one of the industry's most dynamic and respected film and awards authorities," said Smith. "Bringing him to Fandango in this newly created position is a game-changer for the brand, as the business builds on its image as the primary source for all things movies."
Karger will be available to contribute regular movie commentary and box office insights, on behalf of Fandango, across NBCUniversal's news and Entertainment properties. Over the years, Karger has appeared on NBC News' "Today" more than 150 times.
"This is a dream job for me," said Karger. "Film and entertainment has been my lifelong passion, and I cannot think of a better place to launch the next chapter of my career as an on-camera correspondent than the nation's leading moviegoer destination and NBCUniversal."
Karger covered movies, music, and television for Entertainment Weekly from 1995 until 2012. He wrote more than 50 cover stories for the magazine and spearheaded Oscar coverage for the magazine and EW.com.
Karger has frequently served as a guest correspondent for "Access Hollywood." He has hosted the movie-interview specials, "The Suite with Dave Karger" (AMC) and "Reel Comedy" (Comedy Central) and has interviewed actors and directors on the BBC, the Sundance Channel, Logo, and the "People's Choice Awards" (CBS).
Since 2011, Dave has been the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official red carpet greeter on Oscar night, the third person to hold that post (following Army Archerd and Robert Osborne). He has served on the juries of the Tribeca, Los Angeles, and Florida Film Festivals.