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About Pajiba

Pajiba was established in 2004 as a small political blog that eventually found a larger audience, as well as a variety of voices from different backgrounds across the United States and Europe. We cover film, television, politics, and celebrity culture. Current and former staff members of Pajiba also write for a variety of other publications, including Vanity Fair, The NYTimes, Nerdist, Screenrant, Uproxx, The Mary Sue,, and SyFy, among others. For more about the origins of the name, read here.

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The Pajiba Staff


dustin-photo.jpg Dustin Rowles, Publisher: Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. Prior to that, he worked in legal publishing. He writes about politics and pop-culture. He firmly belives that Steven Avery did it, and that Denzel is the greatest actor on the planet. He also writes about TV for and appears weekly on the Podjiba podcast. He lives in Portland, Maine. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

seth-tiki-1.jpg Seth Freilich, Technical Development/Senior Editor: Seth Freilich co-owns this site and helps keep the lights on, the servers humming, and the ban hammer cocked and loaded. He's also a Senior Editor and sometime critic. Seth lives in L.A. and loves it, though a piece of his black heart will always reside in the home of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

Executive Producers

kristy.jpg Kristy Puchko, Managing Editor/Film Editor: Kristy Puchko is a New York City-based film critic, who hates Joy and loves Serenity. She unapologetically appreciates a big swing, for better (Swiss Army Man) or worst (Cats). When she's not binge-watching true-crime, horror, or cartoons, Kristy can be found mixing creative cocktails or crafting pop-culture embroidery portraits. A member of The Critics Choice Association, GALECA, and OFCS, Kristy's work appears on a variety of sites. Plus, she's popped up on a plethora of podcasts. You can keep up with her on Twitter and Instagram.

kayleigh.jpg Kayleigh Donaldson, Features Editor: Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. She offers top-notch hot takes on pop culture, Hollywood shop talk, celebrity gossip & star studies. Currently studying for a Masters degree in film studies, she can mostly be found on Twitter posting gifs of attractive Scandinavian thespians. She's Scottish and yes, her accent is amazing. You can follow her on Twitter.

tori-preston.jpeg Tori Preston, TV Editor: Tori Preston spent a decade working in film and television, then gave it all up to move to Vermont and complain about the cold and the bears. And now she's here, writing and Podjiba-ing! You can follow her on Twitter, and she occasionally checks the inbox for the now-defunct "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected] if you really wanna talk.

roxana-hadadi.jpeg Roxana Hadadi, Senior Editor: Roxana writes about film, television, and culture with sides of judgment and thirst. Her writing has also been published by The A.V. Club,, Crooked Marquee, The Playlist, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and Chesapeake Family magazine. She is a member of the DC Area Film Critics Association, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and the Online Film Critics Society, and a Tomatometer-approved critic on Rotten Tomatoes. She lives in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. You can follow her on Twitter.

Editor and Pajiba Love

lainey-bobainey.jpg Lainey Bobainey, Copy Editor & Linkmaster: Lainey spent a decade working in Human Resources, but realized she doesn't particularly care for humans or being a resource, so now she wears pajamas while working in her spacehouse. Technically, she lives in a Lustron along with her husband who creates games, and a Siamese cat that squeaks. She's pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, pro-BLM, and pro-Oxford Comma. She enjoys red-lining errors for business and for pleasure. You can Tweet at her on Twitter.

Series Regulars

fancy-jodi_100x100.jpg Jodi Smith, Senior Reporter, Film & Television: Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba and has been since 2012. She has a brand new, never opened Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and worked for a few years as a copy/paste monkey in a cubicle farm. She lives in Ohio. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

knava.jpg Petr Knava, Staff Contributor: Petr likes to be called Knava. Knava is a filthy socialist metalhead. He likes coffee, beer, and dogs. He may or may not own a toe knife. He writes about movies, politics, and climate change. Knava lives in London. You can follow him on Twitter.

genevieve-burgess.jpg Genevieve Burgess, Features Contributor: Genny has been complaining about what's on TV 5 nights a week for more than 10 years. She lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.

20170626_141325_1024.jpg Steven Lloyd Wilson, Sci Fi and History Editor: Steven Lloyd Wilson is the last scion of Norse warriors and the forbidden elder gods. Steven lives in Boston, where he is a college professor, though he spends a great deal of time in Sweden. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

hannah-sole.jpg Hannah Sole, Staff Contributor: Hannah Sole is a Staff Contributor for Pajiba. She writes about TV and pop culture, and was probably not named after a Star Wars character. Hannah lives in Suffolk, England, and spends her days in the classroom, teaching young'uns about Literature. You can follow her on Twitter.

brian-richards-author.jpg Brian Richards, Staff Contributor: Brian Richards is a Staff Contributor for Pajiba and writes about film, television, pop culture, and social media. He lives somewhere in Brooklyn, where he spends his time dressed in all black like The Omen and coming up with creatively profane insults for anyone who gets on his last nerve. You can follow him on Twitter.

scully.jpg Ursula Scully, Staff Contributor: Ursula is a Staff Contributor for Pajiba. She lives in Chicago and loves potatoes very much. You can follow her on Twitter.

dan-ham.jpg Dan Hamamura Comedy Editor and Podjiba Host: Dan writes primarily about television, comedy, and Asians, and is very happy that all three can now (occasionally) be discussed simultaneously. Dan lives in Los Angeles, which means he has done improv and has a podcast, but he swears he is not an actor. You can listen weekly on the Podjiba podcast, or find him on Twitter.

mike-redmond.jpg Mike Redmond, Staff Contributor: Mike lives in Pennsyltucky, and previously ran the gossip website, The Superficial. He covers religion, celebrity culture, and Meghan McCain. His work can also be found daily on Uproxx. You can follow him on Twitter.

mae.jpg Mae Abdulbaki, Staff Contributor: Mae regularly covers movies and television and knows way too much about The CW. Mae also writes for Inverse, The Young Folks, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Mary Sue, Film School Rejects, and more. She is a member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and co-hosts two podcasts: Ladies with Gumption and The Middle Geeks. You can follow her on Twitter.

ciara-wardlow.jpg Ciara Wardlow, Film Critic: Ciara writes about film, television, and occasionally science-y things. She lives in Harlem. Sometimes she tries to be funny on Twitter and you can email her here.

andrew-sanford.jpb Andrew Sanford, Staff Contributor: Andrew is a Writer and Performer living in NYC. You can find him on twitter or listen to his comedy podcast Half White Son of a Black Man.

nicole-edry.jpb Nicole Edry, Staff Contributor: Nicole is a marketing, media and tech professional who somehow tricked her way from massive fan to Pajiba contributor. She's an east coast transplant blissfully living in the central coast of California, and is just waiting for the day she meets another Jewminican in the wild. You can follow her on Twitter.


lordcastletonpajiba.jpg Lord Castleton, Staff Contributor and Pajiba Store Operator: Lord Castleton is a screenwriter. He lives in Boston. You can follow him on Twitter.


TK-Burton.jpg TK Burton, Editorial Consultant: TK Burton stumbled into the Pajiba offices 10 years ago and drunkenly declared himself Executive Director, and no one ever bothered to tell him to leave. South Africa-born and Boston-raised, he enjoys whiskey, tacos, video games, and plotting Seth's murder. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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