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The Hollywood ReporterThe Hollywood Reporter_table_caption_0
Editorial DirectorThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_0_0 Matthew BelloniThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_0_1
CategoriesThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_1_0 EntertainmentThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_1_1
FrequencyThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_2_0 WeeklyThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_2_1
PublisherThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_3_0 Lynne SegallThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_3_1
FounderThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_4_0 William R. WilkersonThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_4_1
First issueThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_5_0 September 3, 1930; 90 years ago (1930-09-03)The Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_5_1
CompanyThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_6_0 PMRCThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_6_1
CountryThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_7_0 United StatesThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_7_1
Based inThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_8_0 Los Angeles, California, U.S.The Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_8_1
LanguageThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_9_0 EnglishThe Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_10_0 The Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_10_1
ISSNThe Hollywood Reporter_header_cell_0_11_0 The Hollywood Reporter_cell_0_11_1

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is an American digital and print magazine, and website, which focuses on the Hollywood film, television, and entertainment industries. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_0

It was founded in 1930 as a daily trade paper, and in 2010 switched to a weekly large-format print magazine with a revamped website. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_1

Headquartered in Los Angeles, THR is part of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, and is owned by MRC (formerly Valence Media), a holding company co-founded by Todd Boehly — an executive of its previous owners, Guggenheim Partners and Eldridge Industries. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_2

History The Hollywood Reporter_section_0

Early years The Hollywood Reporter_section_1

THR was founded in 1930 by William R. "Billy" Wilkerson (1890–1962) as Hollywood's first daily entertainment trade newspaper. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_3

The first edition appeared on September 3, 1930 and featured Wilkerson's front-page "Tradeviews" column, which became influential. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_4

The newspaper appeared Monday to Saturday for the first 10 years, except for a brief period, then Monday to Friday from 1940. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_5

Wilkerson ran the THR until his death in September 1962, although his final column appeared 18 months prior. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_6

Wilkerson's wife, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, took over as publisher and editor-in-chief when her husband died. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_7

Hollywood blacklist The Hollywood Reporter_section_2

Further information: Hollywood blacklist The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_8

From the late 1930s, Wilkerson used THR to push the view that the industry was a communist stronghold. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_9

In particular, he opposed the screenplay writers' trade union, the Screen Writers Guild, which he called the "Red Beachhead." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_10

In 1946 the Guild considered creating an American Authors' Authority to hold copyright for writers, instead of ownership passing to the studios. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_11

Wilkerson devoted his "Tradeviews" column to the issue on July 29, 1946, headlined "A Vote for Joe Stalin." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_12

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 Hollywood Reporter_sentence_13

The column contained the first industry names, including Dalton Trumbo and Howard Koch, on what became the Hollywood blacklist, known as "Billy's list." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_14

Eight of the 11 people Wilkerson named were among the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted after hearings in 1947 by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_15

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 production." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_16

In 1997 THR reporter David Robb wrote a story about the newspaper's involvement, but the editor, Robert J. Dowling, declined to run it. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_17

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 Hollywood Reporter_sentence_18

The same edition carried an apology from Wilkerson's son W. R. Wilkerson III. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_19

He wrote that his father had been motivated by revenge for his thwarted ambition to own a studio. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_20

1988–2008 The Hollywood Reporter_section_3

On April 11, 1988, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel sold the paper to BPI Communications, owned by Affiliated Publications, for $26.7 million. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_21

Robert J. Dowling became THR president in 1988, and editor-in-chief and publisher in 1991. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_22

Dowling hired Alex Ben Block as editor in 1990. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_23

Block and Teri Ritzer dampened much of the sensationalism and cronyism that was prominent in the paper under the Wilkersons. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_24

In 1994, BPI Communications was sold to Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen (VNU) for $220 million. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_25

In March 2006 a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and KKR, both with ties to the conservative movement in the United States, acquired THR along with the other assets of VNU. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_26

It joined those publications with AdWeek and A.C. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_27 Nielsen to form The Nielsen Company. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_28

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 Hollywood Reporter_sentence_29

The Reporter absorbed another blow when Littleton left her position for an editorial job at Variety in March 2007. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_30

Web editor Glenn Abel also left after 16 years with the paper. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_31

2009–present The Hollywood Reporter_section_4

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 political journal The Hill, acquired THR from Nielsen Business Media. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_32

It pledged to invest in the brand and grow the company. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_33

Richard Beckman, formerly of Condé Nast, was appointed as CEO. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_34

In 2010, Beckman recruited Janice Min, the former editor-in-chief of Us Weekly, as Editorial Director to "eviscerate" the existing daily trade paper and reinvent it as a glossy, large-format weekly magazine. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_35

The Hollywood Reporter relaunched with a weekly print edition and a revamped website that enabled it to break news. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_36

Eight months after its initial report, The New York Times took note of the many scoops THR had generated, adding that the new glossy format seemed to be succeeding with its "rarefied demographic", stating, "They managed to change the subject by going weekly... The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_37

The large photos, lush paper stock and great design are a kind of narcotic here." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_38

By February 2013' the Times returned to THR, filing a report on a party for Academy Award nominees the magazine had hosted at the Los Angeles restaurant Spago. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_39

Noting the crowd of top celebrities in attendance, the Times alluded to the fact that many Hollywood insiders were now referring to THR as "the new Vanity Fair". The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_40

Ad sales since Min's hiring were up more than 50%, while traffic to the magazine's website had grown by 800%. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_41

In January 2014, Janice Min was promoted to President/Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media, giving her oversight of THR and its sister brand Billboard. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_42

Min is joined by co-preseident John Amato, who is responsible for business initiatives. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_43

Guggenheim Partners announced on December 17, 2015, that it would sell the Prometheus media properties to its executive Todd Boehly. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_44

The company was sold to Eldridge Industries in February 2017. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_45

On February 1, 2018, Eldridge Industries announced the merger of its media properties with Media Rights Capital to form Valence Media. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_46

In February 2017 Min announced she was stepping down from her role as President/Chief Creative Officer overseeing The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard to take on a new role at parent company. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_47

Simultaneously, it was announced that longtime executive editor Matthew Belloni would take over as Editorial Director. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_48

In April 2020, Belloni announced he was abruptly stepping down after 14 years at the publication in the wake of recent clashes with the company’s leadership over editorial issues. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_49

Allegedly, Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk, co-CEOs of parent company Valence Media, have pushed the editorial staffs at its publications to not run stories, to spike unfavorable stories about friends, and to overpromote Valence-owned businesses like Dick Clark Productions. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_50

On September 23, 2020, it was announced that Penske Media Corporation, the current owner of Variety, would assume operations of the MRC Media & Info publications under a joint venture with MRC known as PMRC. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_51

Publishers The Hollywood Reporter_section_5

Founder Billy Wilkerson served as the publisher of THR until his death in September 1962. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_52

Wilkerson's wife, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, took over as publisher and editor-in-chief when her husband died. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_53

Robert J. Dowling, who was named president of THR when Kassel sold the company, became editor-in-chief and publisher in 1991. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_54

Tony Uphoff assumed the publisher position in November 2005. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_55

John Kilcullen replaced Uphoff in October 2006, as publisher of Billboard. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_56

Kilcullen was a defendant in Billboard's infamous "dildo" lawsuit, in which he was accused of race discrimination and sexual harassment. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_57

VNU settled the suit on the courthouse steps. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_58

Kilcullen "exited" Nielsen in February 2008 "to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_59

In April 2010 Lori Burgess was named as publisher. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_60

Burgess had been publisher of OK! The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_61

magazine since October 2008. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_62

Michaela Apruzzese was named associate publisher, entertainment in May 2010. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_63

Apruzzese previously served as the director of movie advertising for Los Angeles Times Media Group. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_64

Lynne Segall, former vice president and associate publisher, was named publisher and senior vice president in June 2011. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_65

Editions The Hollywood Reporter_section_6

Print The Hollywood Reporter_section_7

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. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_66

Website The Hollywood Reporter_section_8

The Reporter published a primitive "satellite" digital edition in the late 1980s. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_67

It became the first daily entertainment trade paper to start a website in 1995. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_68

Initially, the site offered free news briefs with complete coverage firewalled as a premium paid service. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_69

In later years, the website became mostly free as it became more reliant on ad sales and less on subscribers. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_70

The website had already gone through a redesign by the time competitor Variety took to the web in 1998. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_71

In 2002 the Reporter's website won the Jesse H. Neal Award for business journalism. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_72

In November 2013, The Hollywood Reporter launched the style site Pret-a-Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_73, The 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. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_74

As of August 2013, Comscore measured 12 million unique visitors per month to the site. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_75

Editors and reporters The Hollywood Reporter_section_9

THR's editors have included Janice Min (2010–2017), Elizabeth Guider (2007–2010), Cynthia Littleton (2005–2007), Howard Burns (2001–2006), Anita Busch (1999–2001), and Alex Ben Block (1990–1999). The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_76

Alex Ben Block was hired as editor for special issues in 1990, and was promoted to editor of the daily edition in 1992. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_77

After Block left, former Variety film editor, Anita Busch, became editor between 1999 and 2001. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_78

Busch was credited with making the paper competitive with Variety. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_79

In March 2006, Cynthia Littleton, former broadcast television editor and deputy editor, was named editor, but left the role a year later for an editorial job at Variety. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_80

In July 2007 THR named Elizabeth Guider as its new editor. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_81

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. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_82

Guider left The Hollywood Reporter in early 2010. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_83

The Hollywood Reporter has a staff of roughly 150. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_84

In addition to hiring Eric Mika, Rose Eintstein and Elizabeth Guider, the Reporter hired the following staff in 2007: The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_85

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  • Todd Cunningham, former assistant managing editor of the LA Business Journal, as National Editor for The Hollywood Reporter: Premier EditionThe Hollywood Reporter_item_0_0
  • Steven Zeitchik as Senior Writer, based in New York, where he provide news analysis and features for the Premiere EditionThe Hollywood Reporter_item_0_1
  • Melissa Grego, former managing editor of TV Week, as Editor of HollywoodReporter.comThe Hollywood Reporter_item_0_2
  • Jonathan Landreth as the new Asian bureau chief, in addition to 13 new writers across AsiaThe Hollywood Reporter_item_0_3

However, staffing levels began to drop again in 2008. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_86

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. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_87

In December, another 12 editorial positions were cut at the trade paper. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_88

In addition, 2008 saw substantial turnover in the online department: Editor Melissa Grego left her position in July to become executive editor of Broadcasting & Cable, and Managing Editor Scott McKim left to become a new media manager at Knox College. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_89

With the entertainment industry as a whole shrinking, "Hollywood studios have cut more than $20 million from the Motion Picture Association of America budget this year. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_90

The resulting staff and program reductions are expected to permanently shrink the scope and size of the six-studio trade and advocacy group." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_91

Staffing at THR in 2008 saw even further cutbacks with "names from today's tragic bloodletting of The Hollywood Reporter's staff" adding up quickly in the hard economic times at the end of 2008. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_92

"The trade has not only been thin, but only publishing digital version 19 days this holiday season. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_93

Film writers Leslie Simmons, Carolyn Giardina, Gregg Goldstein, plus lead TV critic Barry Garron and TV reporter Kimberly Nordyke, also special issues editor Randee Dawn Cohen out of New York and managing editor Harley Lond and international department editor Hy Hollinger, plus Dan Evans, Lesley Goldberg, Michelle Belaski, James Gonzalez were among those chopped from the masthead." The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_94

When Janice Min and Lori Burgess came on board in 2010, the editorial and sales staff increased nearly 50%, respectively. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_95

Min hired various recognized journalists in the entertainment industry, most notably Variety film critic Todd McCarthy after his firing from Variety in March 2010, as well as Kim Masters of NPR, Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lacey Rose of Forbes, and Pamela McClintock of Variety. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_96

Competition and lawsuits The Hollywood Reporter_section_10

Variety was established in 1905 in New York City as a weekly trade paper, initially covering vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley and the city's Theater District. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_97

In 1932, Variety sued The Hollywood Reporter for $46,500 for plagiarism, alleging that THR was plagiarizing information from Variety following its publication in New York on Tuesdays, by way of phoning or wiring the information back to Hollywood, so that THR could publish the information before Variety reached Hollywood three days later on Friday. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_98

Then, in 1933, Variety started its own daily Hollywood edition, Daily Variety, to cover the film industry. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_99

From 1988 to 2014, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter were both located on Wilshire Boulevard along Miracle Mile. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_100

In March 2007, The Hollywood Reporter surpassed Daily Variety to achieve the largest total distribution of any entertainment daily. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_101

In 2011, Deadline Hollywood, a property of Penske Media Corporation, sued The Hollywood Reporter for more than $5 million, alleging copyright infringement. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_102

In 2013 THR's parent company settled the suit. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_103

According to The Wall Street Journal, "The lawsuit [was] widely viewed in Hollywood as a proxy for the bitter war for readers and advertising dollars... The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_104

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; Prometheus and The Hollywood Reporter have apologized to Penske Media.'" The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_105

The Hollywood Reporter maintained a business association with the home entertainment trade publication Home Media Magazine, owned by Questex Media Group. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_106

It gave THR access into the home entertainment trade, which Variety similarly enjoyed with its former sister publication, the Reed-owned Video Business. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_107

Current status and legacy The Hollywood Reporter_section_11

The Hollywood Reporter published out of the same offices on Sunset Boulevard for more than a half century. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_108

It is headquartered in L.A. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_109 's Mid-Wilshire district. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_110

The Hollywood Reporter sponsors and hosts a number of major industry events and awards ceremonies. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_111

It hosted 13 such events in 2012, including the Women in Entertainment Breakfast, where it announced its annual 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. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_112

Awards season The Hollywood Reporter_section_12

Entertainment-industry awards receive ample coverage from The Hollywood Reporter, both in print and online. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_113

The magazine handicaps all the races, profiles the contenders and analyzes the business impact of nominations and wins. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_114

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). The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_115

THR also offers special print editions, such as its annual Oscar and Emmy issues, during respective awards seasons. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_116 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. The Hollywood Reporter_sentence_117

See also The Hollywood Reporter_section_13

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Hollywood Reporter.