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John Campea
Born
Giovanni Burton Campea

(1972-02-26) 26 February 1972 (age 49)
Alma materNiagara College
OccupationYouTuber, film critic, podcaster, writer, producer, editor
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)
Ann Campea
(m. 2010)

Giovanni Burton "John" Campea (born 26 February 1972), is a Canadian YouTuber, film critic, podcaster, director, writer, producer, and editor. Campea founded and ran the film website, The Movie Blog from June 2003 to December 2009. He then went on to become the editor-in-chief of AMC Movie News from September 2008 to June 2015. Shortly after that he was hired by Complex to run Collider Movie Talk beginning in July 2015. During his time there, he served as senior producer, host and showrunner of all of the programs. He resigned twice, once in January 2016, but returned in September of that year, and left permanently in June 2017. After he resigned, he began to release videos on his YouTube channel.

Career

Campea started his career for Beagle Productions and later as client services director for Satellite Studios, a visual effects and 3D animation studio whose work appeared in a number of films, including Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The One, and Frank Miller's Sin City.[1] Then after his time working as visual effects artist, he began to work at a law firm for three years.

In 2003, he founded The Movie Blog, a film website offering daily editorials and commentary on current movies, movie news, and the film industry. The Movie Blog eventually became a full-time occupation for Campea.[2] In 2006, Campea and then-co-host Doug Nagy won a Bloggie for "Podcast of the Year" for The Movie Blog's podcast show Uncut.[3]

He quit The Movie Blog in late 2009[4] to focus on developing the news site for AMC called AMC Movie News,[5] but returned for a short time in 2012.

Filmmaking

In 2008, Campea released his first documentary film, Prince of Peace: God of War, that examined the stark contrasts between the pro-war and pro-pacifism movements within the Christian church.[6][7] It played at several film festivals[7][8] in North America and received favorable reviews.[9][10] He completed filming his first feature film, The Anniversary, in 2009.[11] Campea now runs his own production company, Carson Drive Media (named after his childhood street), and released his second documentary in November 2020, titled Movie Trailers: A Love Story.

Comic-Con Masters of the Web

In 2011, Campea took over the annual "Masters of the Web" panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. The panel serves as a discussion on the film industry and the world of film blogging and journalism online. Each year Campea hosts the panel with major online film personalities. The panel has also had several special celebrity guests over the years including Stan Lee, Edgar Wright, Karl Urban, Roberto Orci and others.

AMC Movie News

Campea was Editor-in-Chief of AMC Movie News and the creator and host of such shows as AMC Movie Talk, AMC Jedi Council (an all Star Wars talk show), AMC Mail Bag, AMC Versus, AMC Coming Soon and AMC Spoilers. Their main show, AMC Movie Talk, won the 2014 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) award for "Best News Series". The AMC Movie News YouTube channel has its videos viewed over 5 million times per month and continues to grow. Campea announced his resignation as editor-in-chief of AMC Movie News in May 2015, but continued to appear on the show through the subsequent few weeks of June 2015.

Collider

In July 2015, Campea announced that he had joined Collider, and that most of the previous web shows that aired on AMC's YouTube channel, would end their association with AMC and transition to Collider's channel, with AMC Theatres remaining as a sponsor.[12] On February 17, 2016, Campea had announced on that day's episode of Collider Movie Talk that he had resigned from Collider, and explained his future plans in the industry.[13] Campea continued to be a guest on both Collider Jedi Council and Collider Heroes, returning as host and showrunner of Collider Movie Talk in September 2016. However, Campea left Collider once again in June 2017, citing creative differences in the direction of the channel, to work on other projects, including his personal YouTube channel.

Author

On September 4, 2015, Campea launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book he wrote called The Pride.[14] The campaign met its goal several days later. On February 13, 2016, Campea announced through the book's Kickstarter page that the novel was finished.[15] The Kindle edition of The Pride was released on February 29, 2016, with a physical copy going on sale at a later date.[16]

The John Campea Show

After leaving Collider, Campea started his own independent film talk and news show, similar to Movie Talk on Collider, on his own personal YouTube channel that airs weekdays, as well as companion videos answering missed fan questions and live streams. Until November 2021, Robert Meyer Burnett and Erin Cummings appeared as co-hosts on the show on most weekdays and Thursdays, respectively.[17] He is currently joined weekdays by associate producer Kimberly Currin and his brother-in-law/graphic designer Ray Ora. By October 2021, his own channel has amassed over 250,000 subscribers.[18] In November 2021, Campea received criticism online after accidentally leaking alleged photos from Spider-Man: No Way Home.[19]

Open Mic

As of 2018, in addition to The John Campea Show, Open Mic was also included as a daily, live, viewer submitted question forum. Described by Campea as a "virtual watercooler", it focuses on wide-ranging live chat discussion. On the October 29, 2020 episode of The John Campea Show, Campea announced that Open Mic was moved to a podcast exclusive, available with the flagship program on any podcasting network.

Personal life

Campea has been married to his wife Ann Ora Campea since 2010. The couple met at a wrap party for the Neveldine/Taylor-written film Pathology in 2007, with whom Campea is personal friends with. As of 2021, they both reside in Corona, California. They have two dogs named Lily and Shadow. John is a mixed martial arts practitioner having trained at former UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture's Legends MMA gym and at the UFC training center.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Notes
2001 The One Visual effects artist
2002 Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Visual effects artist
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Visual effects artist
2005 Sin City Visual effects artist
2007 Prince of Peace: God of War Director, producer, writer, editor
2008 The Incredible Hulk Extra (uncredited)
2009 The Anniversary Director, producer, writer
2020 Movie Trailers: A Love Story Director, producer, writer, editor

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2009 The Movie Blog Himself Editor
2012–15 AMC Movie Talk Himself (host) Executive producer
2015–17 Collider Movie Talk Himself Senior producer
2015–17 Collider Heroes Himself (guest)
2015–17 Collider Jedi Council Himself (guest)
2016–17 Movie Trivia Schmoedown Himself (contestant/commentator)
2017–present The John Campea Show Himself (host) Executive producer[20]
2017–2019 The Weekly Hero Himself and Robert Meyer Burnett as of 2018 (host)
2018–2020 Open Mic Himself (host) Moved to podcast exclusive in October 2020
2018–2020 Play and Chat Himself (host)
2019 Dark Side Light Side Himself and Kristian Harloff (host)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Blog Award Podcast of the Year The Movie Blog Won
2014 International Academy of Web Television[21] Best News Series AMC Movie Talk Won
2014 International Academy of Web Television Best Host (Live) AMC Movie Talk Nominated
2014 Geekie Award[22] Best Podcast AMC Movie Talk Nominated
2015 International Academy of Web Television[23] Best Live Series AMC Movie Talk Won
2015 International Academy of Web Television Best Live Host AMC Movie Talk Nominated
2015 International Academy of Web Television Best Pre-recorded Host AMC Mailbag Nominated
2018 International Academy of Web Television Best Live Series The John Campea Show Won
2018 International Academy of Web Television Best Host The John Campea Show Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Your regular contributors: John Campea". The Movie Blog. Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Keegan, Rebecca Winters (April 19, 2007). "Boys Who Like Toys". TIME. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "Sixth Annual Weblog Awards: The Winners". The Weblog Awards. 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "About". The Movie Blog. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "New Movies, Theaters Near You, Movie Tickets, Showtimes, Movie Trailers, Movies in Theaters". AMC Theatres.
  6. ^ "Prince of Peace: God of War". IMDb. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Prince of Peace, God of War". Global Peace Film Festival. 2007. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  8. ^ Leins, Jeff (August 18, 2007). "'Prince of Peace, God of War' at San Diego Film Fest". News in Film. Archived from the original on July 5, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  9. ^ "Arts - Around the World in Five Days". Orlando Weekly. September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  10. ^ "Prince of Peace, God of War Documentary". MoviesOnline. Archived from the original on September 19, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  11. ^ "The Anniversary". IMDb. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  12. ^ Campea, John (July 6, 2015). "AMC Movie Talk Is Now Collider Movie Talk".
  13. ^ Campea, John (February 17, 2016). "Official Announcement: John is leaving Collider". YouTube.
  14. ^ "The Pride". Kickstarter. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "Update 7: By Agathon's wings! It's DONE!!! · The Pride". Kickstarter. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Pride eBook: John Campea: Kindle Store". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  17. ^ "About Me". The John Campea Show. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  18. ^ "John Campea-YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  19. ^ "John Campea reveals the bizarre reason he leaked Spider-Man No Way Home photos". Dexerto. November 9, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  20. ^ Campea, John (November 1, 2021). "Job Opening: Associate Producer-The John Campea Show". Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  21. ^ "2014 IAWTV Awards Nominees & Winners". International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  22. ^ "2014 Podcasts & Vlogs Nominees". The Geekie Awards. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  23. ^ "2015 IAWTV Awards Nominees & Winners". International Academy of Web Television. Retrieved April 18, 2015.