In the 1990s, he worked as a film producer for Sony for eight and a half years where he was producing or in trying to produce movies and TV programs. While working for Sony, Cieply would consult with Ray Stark Productions. He was a production executive for a number of companies, including ABC, Columbia Pictures, Disney, Fox, Universal, and United Airlines. Cieply also was an editor and reporter for Los Angeles Times, where he covered entertainment and media for the business section and for various publications such as Forbes Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
He is currently a staff editor in the Culture section of The New York Times. Cieply was the West Coast editor of Inside.com, a website covering the media and entertainment industries. He has covered entertainment for over 17 years.