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Rotten Tomatoes EIC Jumps to TYT Network to Lead Programming

After 10 years at Rotten Tomatoes, Matt Atchity will take a new role leading the portfolio of shows at political news network TYT.

TYT Network, the online political news and entertainment network founded by Cenk Uygur, has hired Matt Atchity as its first head of programming.

Atchity is joining TYT from Rotten Tomatoes, where he worked for nearly a decade and served as editor-in-chief. In his new role, he will oversee TYT’s network of channels, including What The Flick?!, ThinkTank, Pop Trigger, TYT Sports and Nerd Alert. He will work with the hosts and producers of each of TYT’s 12 owned-and-operated channels to create editorial and content strategies. In addition, Atchity will help make decisions around network content partners.

“TYT Network programs present honest assessments, analysis, and opinions on a variety of subjects, regardless of whatever messaging is coming from powerful interests,” said Atchity. “That sensibility isn’t too different from how a film critic addresses a film. The Young Turks is already a household name in politics, and I see that same potential in each of the network’s channels. I couldn’t be more excited to get started and build TYT Network to become bigger than ever.”

During Atchity’s many years at Rotten Tomatoes, the site has become a go-to destination for film fans looking for information about the latest reviews. It was under Atchity’s watch that Rotten Tomatoes added television reviews. During his time at the company, he also hosted Rotten Tomatoes Radio on Sirius XM and the Rotten Tomatoes podcast.

Atchity first began working with TYT in 2010 to co-create and co-host movie review channel What the Flick?!, on which he plans to continue to appear.

“Matt is the perfect person to help grow TYT Network’s channels,” said Uygur. “He established a powerful and authentic voice so well that Hollywood now thinks the site is too tough on the industry. TYT Network is built on speaking truth-to-power, no matter the topic or industry. Matt’s combination of experience in the digital media world and understanding of the audience’s desire for authenticity will be a huge asset for TYT Network.”

TYT began as the 2002 political radio program The Young Turks. The brand moved to YouTube in 2005 and has, over the years, built out a digital network business that covers not only politics but also entertainment and sports. What the Flick?! was the second channel on the network.

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