Ryan Faughnder promoted to senior editor, Sarah Parvini, to cover video games for the Times’ Company Town
The following announcement was made on behalf of Company Town and A&E Investigations Editor Richard Verrier:
As the Los Angeles Times continues to expand and deepen its coverage of the entertainment industry, we are excited to announce new positions on the Company Town team.
Veteran film industry reporter Ryan Faughnder has been promoted to senior editor and staff writer, and Sarah Parvini has moved from the Metro section to cover the video game industry.
In his new role, Faughnder will work with me to assist with editing duties and help lead overall coverage of the entertainment industry during a period of upheaval for Hollywood. Faughnder, known for his clear writing style and adept analytical grasp of the news of the day, will continue to write the weekly entertainment industry newsletter The Wide Shot, which has become a must-have for many decision makers with nearly 50,000 subscribers.
Faughnder was most recently a film reporter for Company Town, covering every major Hollywood studio, including Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. He covered such big stories as the Sony hack, the streaming wars and Bob Iger’s surprise return to the throne as Disney CEO in 2022. He was also part of the team that was a 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of the “Rust” picture. .
A native of San Diego, he earned a master’s degree in journalism from USC and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara. Before joining The Times in 2013, he wrote for the Los Angeles Business Journal and Bloomberg News. When he’s not writing, Faughnder loves watching horror movies, playing guitar and blasting heavy metal. He began his new role on Monday.
Parvini began her LA Times career in 2014 through the Metpro grant program and has reported from various corners of the country and world for the newspaper, including a bird flu-stricken poultry farm in Iowa, the Muslim-majority suburbs of Dearborn, Mich., and the streets of Buenos Aires . As a Company Town reporter, she will cover all aspects of the video game industry and its growing importance to the business and culture of Southern California in collaboration with game critic Todd Martens.
Parvini’s love for gaming started early and grew from nights playing console games, MMOs and Dungeons & Dragons with her brother and cousins. She transitions to her role covering the video game industry after several years of reporting on California’s diverse community, focusing on the state’s changing demographics. In that time, she led coverage of population decline in California, wrote about the surge of city dwellers heading to the high desert, explored the diversity of the MENA electorate, and reported on underserved immigrant communities. As a breaking news reporter, she chased natural disasters, covered mass shootings and reported on crime. Parvini was part of the team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, as well as a member of the investigative unit that uncovered scandals at USC’s medical school.
Parvini also graduated from USC with her master’s degree and received her bachelor’s from UC San Diego. The daughter of Iranian immigrants, she is fluent in Persian and speaks Spanish. Her favorite game is Final Fantasy VII, and she is probably one of the few who still prefers turn-based combat in games. She started on January 3.