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About Us


Site Leadership

Philip Wise
Partner, Webmaster

Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Wise spends most of his time dedicated to Star Wars collecting and fandom. Besides running TFN, he also runs Rebelscum.com and is a partner in C2 Ventures, Inc., a promotion company with a significant focus in the Star Wars celebrity arena, as well as OfficialPix.com, which has a Star Wars and Indiana Jones license to print and sell licensed photos and autographs.

Dustin Roberts - @dustinlroberts
Content Manager

Roberts settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is married with two daughters. He was always a huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, and his love of the toys and collecting habits were rekindled in 1995 when he started to see Kenner Star Wars action figures in stores again. Roberts' contributions to the online Star Wars community include involvement with many prominent fan based websites, like Yakface.com, Nerf-herder.com, Rebelscum.com, and R2D2central.com. He even had a brief stint at StarWars.com as a collecting forum moderator. In 2006, he won the title of Star Wars Fan Club President from Lucasfilm. He also started The ForceCast, which quickly became the #1 Star Wars podcast. Nowadays, Roberts concentrates on content management for TheForce.Net, while also contributing at Rebelscum.com and continually updating his ever-growing R2-D2 collection focus at R2D2central.com.

Anthony Baratta
Technical Guru

Anthony -- who hails from Tracy, CA -- joined the TFN staff in November, 2000. Anthony likes to think of himself as duct tape, bailing wire and silly putty for the Internet. He is a confused Zoology student that wandered into the PC computer revolution many years ago and stayed for the endless supply of Jolt Cola it provides him. Besides a fan of run on sentences, Anthony can be found tinkering with the under-the-hood side of TheForce.Net web site. Anthony has been a Star Wars fan since the summer of 77, where he excitedly stood in line almost every weekend to watch "the most tremendous movie of our time."

Chris Holoka
Design Guru

Chris lives just outside Detroit, Michigan and, among other duties, is the resident graphics guru at Rebelscum. You can see more of his work over at Toshi Station.


Staffers, Writers, and Contributors

Mike Barrick - @mikebarrick
Jack-Of-All-Trades Reporter

Mike was recruited by Dustin to help post news. He's pretty much taken over since joining the team.


Eric Geller - @ericgeller
Social Media Director, ForceCast Co-Host, and The Clone Wars Reviewer

Eric joined our staff as the Social Media Director on May 2, 2009, overseeing our social media presences on sites like Twitter and Facebook. He also co-hosts The ForceCast podcast, moderates The Clone Wars Roundtable and The Rebels Roundtable, and serves as a coordinator for the ForceCast network. From 2009 to 2014, he reviewed episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for TFN. He is now TFN's Star Wars Rebels reviewer.

In addition to his interest in Star Wars -- with a particular focus on Star Wars literature -- Eric is also a political junkie and a journalist.

Erik Blythe - @erikblythe
ForceCast Co-Host and Producer

Erik was the sole host of the original, award-winning podcast for TheForce.Net back in 2005. Since then, Erik has been running a podcast network at RandomChatter.com focusing on movies, television, and technology. Aside from Star Wars, Erik is also an avid fan of LOST, Babylon 5, The Walking Dead, the recent reboot of Doctor Who, and science fiction in general. He's also a big fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, preferring stories that take place after the original films. He's thrilled to be returning to his Star Wars roots as a co-host, coordinator, and producer on the ForceCast network. Erik also co-hosts The Sabacc Table, the ForceCast's Star Wars gaming podcast.


Frozen in Carbonite

Scott Chitwood (Houston, Texas)
Chitwood co-founded this site back in 1996 with Darin Smith when it was the Star Wars Page at Texas A&M. Scott contributes news and other items of interest including working with the books section. His goal for TFN was to make a site HE would be interested in visiting. All reports that he tried to Rogaine himself into a Wookiee are completely and totally false.

Joshua Griffin (South Orange County, California)
Griffin is a partner in TF.N, but no longer plays an active role in the site.