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Michael Giltz moved to New York City with one goal in mind: to work at Premiere Magazine, the Susan Lyne-edited publication he'd loved since the day it came out. Premiere revolutionized coverage of the film industry, which prior to that mostly amounted to fluffy celebrity profiles and movie reviews. Premiere treated the industry just as seriously as the stars and it profiled agents and cinematographers and production designers and location scouts. It launched an annual Power List, which became so influential that virtually every other magazine launched power lists of their own covering movies or TV or music or politics or sports and on and on. Premiere went on location to cover the making of movies, as well as doing oral histories about the making of classics like Bonnie & Clyde. These innovations were imitated and adapted by newspapers and magazines like Entertainment Weekly so that ultimately a monthly publication like Premiere was at a huge disadvantage. But in its heyday, it was a landmark. So Michael Giltz was thrilled to take an unpaid stint as an intern in the photo department, which led to the fact checking department (excellent training for a reporter and far better than journalism school) and eventually getting his name in print for the first time since leaving college. Michael Giltz had a regular column covering movie music, a post previously held by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. Personal and professional relationships he made at Premiere are still significant today and being able to say he once worked there is a pleasure. His clips from the magazine are modest but every success since then has happened thanks to Premiere.