THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (THR) is a multi-platform American digital and
print magazine founded in 1930 and focusing on the
industry , television, and entertainment industries, as well as
Hollywood's intersection with fashion, finance, law, technology,
lifestyle, and politics.
Los Angeles , THR is part of the Hollywood
Reporter-Billboard Media Group, a group of properties that includes
SpinMedia . It is owned by
Eldridge Industries , a
holding company owned by an executive of its previous owner,
Guggenheim Partners .
Janice Min , a faltering THR was relaunched in 2010 as a weekly
large-format print magazine with a revamped, continuously updated
website, as well as mobile and tablet editions.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Early years
* 2 Ownership changes
* 3 Editors and publishers
* 4 Editions
* 4.1 Print
* 4.2 On the web
* 5 Editors and reporters
* 6 2010 relaunch
* 8 Current status and legacy
* 8.1 Awards season
* 8.2 Competition with Variety
* 9 See also
* 10 References
* 11 External links
THR was founded in 1930 by William R. "Billy" Wilkerson (1890–1962)
as Hollywood's first daily entertainment trade newspaper. The first
edition appeared on September 3, 1930, and featured Wilkerson's
front-page "Tradeviews" column, which became influential. The
newspaper appeared Monday to Saturday for the first 10 years, except
for a brief period, then Monday to Friday from 1940. Wilkerson ran the
THR until his death in September 1962, although his final column
appeared 18 months prior.
From the late 1930s, Wilkerson used THR to push the view that the
industry was a communist stronghold. In particular, he opposed the
screenplay writers' trade union, the
Screen Writers Guild , which he
called the "Red Beachhead." In 1946 the Guild considered creating an
American Authors' Authority to hold copyright for writers, instead of
ownership passing to the studios. Wilkerson devoted his "Tradeviews"
column to the issue on July 29, 1946, headlined "A Vote for Joe
Stalin." He went to confession before publishing it, knowing the
damage it would cause, but was apparently encouraged by the priest to
go ahead with it.
The column contained the first industry names, including Dalton
Trumbo and Howard Koch , on what became the
Hollywood blacklist, known
as "Billy's list." Eight of the 11 people Wilkerson named were among
Hollywood Ten " who were blacklisted after hearings in 1947 by
House Un-American Activities Committee . When Wilkerson died,
his THR obituary said that he had "named names, pseudonyms and card
numbers and was widely credited with being chiefly responsible for
preventing communists from becoming entrenched in Hollywood
In 1997, THR reporter David Robb wrote a story about the newspaper's
involvement, but the editor, Robert J. Dowling, declined to run it.
For the blacklist's 65th anniversary in 2012, the THR published a
lengthy investigative piece about Wilkerson's role, by reporters Gary
Baum and Daniel Miller. The same edition carried an apology from
Wilkerson's son, W. R. Wilkerson III. He wrote that his father had
been motivated by revenge for his thwarted ambition to own a studio.
Tichi Wilkerson Kassel (left) with
Sharon Stone in 2002
Tichi Wilkerson Kassel (1926–2004), took over as
publisher and editor-in-chief when her husband died. She sold the
paper on April 11, 1988, to Affiliated Publications, parent company of
Billboard Publications, for $26.7 million. Robert J. Dowling became
THR president in 1988 and editor-in-chief and publisher in 1991.
Dowling brought in Alex Ben Block as editor in 1990, and editorial
quality of both news and specials steadily improved. Block and Teri
Ritzer dampened much of the rah-rah coverage and cronyism that had
infected the paper under Wilkerson. After Block left, former film
editor at Variety , Anita Busch, was brought in as editor between 1999
and 2001. Busch was credited with making the paper competitive with
Variety. Tony Uphoff assumed the publisher position in November 2005.
The Reporter was acquired, along with the rest of the assets of
in spring 2006 by a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and
KKR, both with ties to the conservative movement in the United States.
Uphoff was replaced in October 2006 by John Kilcullen, the
publisher of Billboard. Kilcullen was a defendant in Billboard's
infamous "dildo" lawsuit, in which he was accused of race
discrimination and sexual harassment.
VNU settled the suit on the
courthouse steps. Kilcullen "exited" Nielsen in February 2008 "to
pursue his passion as an entrepreneur." Matthew King, vice president
for content and audience, editorial director Howard Burns, and
executive editor Peter Pryor left the paper in a wave of layoffs in
December 2006; editor Cynthia Littleton, widely respected throughout
the industry, reported directly to Kilcullen. The Reporter absorbed
another blow when Littleton left her position for an editorial job at
Variety in March 2007. Web editor Glenn Abel also left after 16 years
with the paper.
THR was bought by the Dutch publishing consortium Verenigde
Nederlandse Uitgeverijen in 2006. In January 2007,
VNU was purchased
by a private equity consortium and renamed
The Nielsen Company , whose
properties include Billboard , AdWeek and
A.C. Nielsen . Under its new
leadership, Nielsen is reported to have made a US$5 million investment
In December 2009, Prometheus Global Media, a newly formed company
formed by Pluribus Capital Management and
Guggenheim Partners and
chaired by Jimmy Finkelstein, CEO of News Communications, parent of
Congressional Journal the Hill, acquired The
Hollywood Reporter from
Nielsen Business Media. It pledged to invest in the brand and grow the
company. Richard Beckman, formerly of
Condé Nast , was appointed the
new company's CEO. Since January 2014, The
Hollywood Reporter has been
led by co-presidents
Janice Min and John Amato.
Guggenheim Partners announced on December 17, 2015 that the
Prometheus media properties would be spun out to its executive Todd
EDITORS AND PUBLISHERS
Janice Min , THR editor since 2010
THR's editors have included
Janice Min (2010–present), Elizabeth
Guider (2007–2010), Cynthia Littleton (2005–2007), Howard Burns
(2001–2006), Anita Busch (1999–2001) and Alex Ben Block
In April 2007, industry veteran Eric Mika was named to the newly
created role of Senior Vice President, Publishing Director of The
Reporter. Having previously served as Senior Vice President and
Managing Director of Nielsen Business Media's Film and Performing Arts
Group and, before that, as Vice President and Managing Director for
Variety , Mika assumed responsibility for the general management of
sales, marketing and editorial for The
Hollywood Reporter, as well as
the brand's ancillary products, events, licensing business and
In June 2007, Rose Einstein, former Vice President, Advertising Sales
Netflix and 25-year veteran of Reed Business Media, was named to
the newly created role of Vice President, Associate Publisher to
oversee all sales and business development for The Reporter. Mika
Hollywood Reporter in early 2010.
In July 2007, THR named Elizabeth Guider as its new editor. An
18-year veteran of Variety, where she served as Executive Editor,
Guider assumed responsibility for the editorial vision and strategic
direction of The
Hollywood Reporter's daily and weekly editions,
digital content offerings and executive conferences. After nearly
running the publication into the ground, Guider left The Hollywood
Reporter in early 2010.
In April 2010, Lori Burgess was named publisher of The Hollywood
Reporter. Burgess had been publisher of
OK! magazine since October
2008. Michaela Apruzzese was named associate publisher, entertainment,
Hollywood Reporter in May 2010. Apruzzese served as the
director of movie advertising for
Los Angeles Times Media Group.
In May 2010,
Janice Min was named Editorial Director. In January
2014, she was promoted to President/Chief Creative Officer with
additional oversight of THR's sister brand, Billboard . Lynne Segall,
a former vice president and associate publisher at The Hollywood
Reporter, was named publisher and senior vice president of the outlet
in June 2011.
The weekly print edition of The
Hollywood Reporter includes profiles,
original photography and interviews with entertainment figures;
articles about major upcoming releases and product launches; film
reviews and film festival previews; coverage of the latest industry
deals, TV ratings, box-office figures and analysis of global
entertainment business trends and indicators; photos essays and
reports from premieres and other red-carpet events; and the latest on
Hollywood fashion and lifestyle.
ON THE WEB
The Reporter published a primitive "satellite " digital edition in
the late 1980s. It became the first daily entertainment trade paper to
start a website in 1995. Initially, the site offered free news briefs
with complete coverage firewalled as a premium paid service. In later
years, the website became mostly free as it became more reliant on ad
sales and less on subscribers. The website had already gone through a
redesign by the time competitor
Daily Variety took to the web. In
2002, the Reporter's website won the
Jesse H. Neal Award for business
journalism. In November 2013, The
Hollywood Reporter launched the
style site Pret-a-Reporter.
Hollywood Reporter's website, re-launched in 2010,
offers breaking entertainment news, reviews and blogs; original video
content (and film and TV clips) and photo galleries; plus in-depth
movie, television, music, awards, style, technology and business
coverage. As of August 2013,
Comscore measured 12 million unique
visitors per month to the site.
EDITORS AND REPORTERS
Hollywood Reporter has a staff of roughly 150. In addition to
hiring Eric Mika, Rose Eintstein and Elizabeth Guider, the Reporter
hired the following staff in 2007:
* Todd Cunningham, former assistant managing editor of the LA
Business Journal , as National Editor for The
* Steven Zeitchik as Senior Writer, based in New York, where he
provide news analysis and features for the Premiere Edition
* Melissa Grego, former managing editor of
TV Week , as Editor of
* Jonathan Landreth as the new Asian bureau chief, in addition to 13
new writers across Asia
However, staffing levels began to drop again in 2008. In April,
Nielsen Business Media eliminated between 40 and 50 editorial staff
positions at The
Hollywood Reporter and its sister publications:
Adweek, Brandweek, Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek. In December,
another 12 editorial positions were cut at the trade paper. In
addition, 2008 saw substantial turnover in the online department:
THR.com Editor Melissa Grego left her position in July to become
executive editor of Broadcasting ">'s parent company settled the suit.
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal , "The lawsuit widely viewed in
Hollywood as a proxy for the bitter war for readers and advertising
dollars....The two sides agreed on a statement reading in part:
'Prometheus admits that The
Hollywood Reporter copied source code from
Penske Media Corporation's Web site www.tvline.com; Prometheus and The
Hollywood Reporter have apologized to Penske Media.'"
CURRENT STATUS AND LEGACY
Hollywood Reporter published out of the same offices on Sunset
Boulevard for more than a half century. Today, the offices are located
Hollywood Reporter sponsors and hosts a number of major industry
events and awards ceremonies. It hosted 13 such events in 2012,
including the Women in Entertainment Breakfast, where it announced its
Power 100 list of the industry's most powerful women; the Key
Art Awards (for achievement in entertainment advertising and
communications); Power Lawyers Breakfast; Next Gen (honoring the
industry's 50 fastest-rising stars and executives age 35 and under);
Nominees Night; and the 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon.
Entertainment-industry awards receive ample coverage from The
Hollywood Reporter, both in print and online. The magazine handicaps
all the races, profiles the contenders and analyzes the business
impact of nominations and wins. THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg
analyzes and predicts the
Emmy and Oscar races (his weekly Feinberg
Forecast is published from late August up to the Academy Awards
broadcast ). THR also offers special print editions, such as its
annual Oscar and
Emmy issues, during respective awards seasons.
THR.com features The Race, an awards-coverage blog, which encompasses
Race to the Oscars, an app dedicated to Academy Awards coverage for
iPhone and Android platforms.
COMPETITION WITH VARIETY
In March 2007, The
Hollywood Reporter surpassed Variety to achieve
the largest total distribution of any entertainment daily.
Daily Variety and The
Hollywood Reporter both are located on Wilshire
Boulevard along the well-trafficked "Miracle Mile". Staffers often
migrate between the papers. Variety was long established as an
entertainment trade paper in vaudeville circles,
Tin Pan Alley and in
Theater District of New York City, but it was The Hollywood
Reporter that began covering the developing film business in Hollywood
in 1930. Variety did not start its
Hollywood edition until 1933.
Hollywood Reporter maintains a business association with the home
entertainment trade publication
Home Media Magazine , which is owned
by Questex Media Group. The alliance includes an exchange of stories
when the need arises, and gives The Reporter access into the home
entertainment trade, which Variety enjoys with its sister publication,
the Reed-owned Video Business.
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