Today, Cinema Buzz has appointed award-winning journalist Shawn Edwards as Managing Editor for all Cinema Buzz properties.

Shawn along with Cinema Buzz’s Editorial Director, Steven Samblis will work together to guide the tone and direction of the website and upcoming weekly TV show.

“Shawn has been an important voice in the world of entertainment for over a decade. He is a journalist that has a deeply rooted connection to fans of Cinema. As importantly, Shawn has an entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to the business of Entertainment.” Said Steven Samblis, Editorial Director and Founder of Cinema Buzz. “ We have successfully collaborated over the years on several projects and I saw Shawn as a obvious choice to help shape the Cinema Buzz brand.

More about Shawn…

Shawn Edwards is an award-winning journalist from FOX 4 News in Kansas City, Missouri and one of the country’s leading African American film critics. Known for his sharp insight and considerable knowledge of the business side of the movie industry Edwards has quickly made a name for himself as a respected and trusted film critic. He has been quoted on more than 300 movies since he began reviewing movies for FOX in 2000.

Edwards’ reviews can be seen on the “Screening Room” which airs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Fox 4 News or at fox4kc.com. The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association.

He has written and produced three documentaries about black film: “We Make Movies Too: The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever),” “No Joke: The 50 Best Black Movie Comedies (Ever)” and “Our Heroes: The 25 Best Black Movies (Ever).” Edwards is currently working on his fourth documentary about black film “The Movies We Love: The 25 Most Romantic Black Movies (Ever)” which will premiere in the summer of 2010.

Edwards also produced “A Celebration of Black Film.” The well attended film event is a tribute to the historical contributions blacks have made to cinema. Edwards is also co-creator of the “Kansas City Urban Film Festival.” The festival showcases independent filmmaking by diverse filmmakers from around the world.

Edwards began his journalism career as an editor/writer for “The Pitch” in Kansas City, Missouri. He also freelanced for “Vibe,” “The Source” and “XXL” national music magazines. Where he wrote feature stories about music and movies.

Edwards has won numerous journalism awards. In 2009 he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club and their National Entertainment Journalism Awards as the best film critic on television an award Edwards also received in 2008. Edwards was also recognized in the Best Feature for TV (“Chat with the Stars”) and Best Online Film Critic at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards.