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Hugo Lindgren Strides Up the Hollywood Food Chain

HugoLindgrenTwitterThe following east-to-west-to-east-coast professional hopscotch is going to be very hard to beat in 2014. Even though there are still eight months of calendar hopscotching left.

As we reported, Hugo Lindgren‘s stint as acting editor of The Hollywood Reporter was always designed to end in late April. What was not so expected was for the former New York Times Magazine editor to move on so quickly and spectacularly once his THR three-month stint was completed. From the brief item by Lindgren’s former colleagues Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit:

Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning writer and producer behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, has secured funding from Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for his Page One movie and television production banner.

At the same time, Boal has tapped Lindgren to run the shingle, acting as company president. Lindgren will be based in New York.

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Janice Min Heralds 12.327 Million Monthly Uniques, Eight Promotions and Six New Hires

The memo today from editorial director Janice Min starts with the news that August was The Hollywood Reporter‘s biggest Web traffic month yet. A total of 12.327 million unique visitors came to the site per comScore, putting the publication fourth in its category behind IMDb, EW and TV Guide.

From there, it’s on to the news of THR‘s latest wave of promotions and hires:

Kimberly Nordyke has been promoted to Deputy Editor, THR.com. In her new role beginning today, Kimberly will oversee our news operation in the morning hours, working with our New York and foreign reporters, as well as doing longer-term planning for the site and and the digital rollout of major print projects and packages. Kimberly, who most recently was senior editor, has been with The Hollywood Reporter since 2000. She joined the staff of the magazine as a copy editor before segueing into the position of TV reporter. She writes a mean headline without ever losing her cool, knows the industry inside-out, and I am thrilled she is bringing her 360-degree expertise to daytime.

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Janice Min Announces Five Promotions, Nine More Hires

An internal memo dispatched today by Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min ranks as the most impressive documentation yet of the good HR things happening at the Guggenheim Digital Media property. Simply because of the sheer number of staffers involved.

Min, after noting that May 2013 was the best traffic month so far for the re-imagined trade’s website, highlights the promotion of five staffers and the addition of nine more. Full details and excerpts from Min’s communique, below.

PROMOTIONS

- Jeanie Pyun, features director (pictured, right): “While Jeanie is not new to THR - she came to us in January 2012 for what was supposed to be a temporary stint – we can now make it official. With her calm, unflappable demeanor and her skillful editing of stories, lists, packages and generally anything that’s thrown at her, Jeanie has quickly become indispensable in producing the magazine.”

- Lacey Rose, television editor: “Lacey joined The Hollywood Reporter as a senior TV writer in February 2011, coming from Forbes, and since then has become one of the top television writers in the business, and certainly the most prolific.”

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Yahoo GM, EIC Moves Over to Hollywood Reporter

Film editor Gregg Kilday, senior editors Alex Ben Block and Borys Kit and the rest of The Hollywood Reporter film team have a new colleague starting today. He is Sean Phillips (pictured), making the jump after a long and illustrious stint with Yahoo.

From Janice Min‘s internal communiqué:

I’m very pleased to announce that Sean Phillips is joining us as executive producer of THR.com’s movies coverage. As such he’ll be responsible for expanding our digital coverage of movies with a particular focus on growing our already-expanding consumer audience.

Sean has significant experience in this area. While at Yahoo over the last nine years, he has focused on content programming and worked closely with the sales and marketing teams to help expand the Yahoo! Movies audience from about 5 million monthly unique users to more than 32 million monthly uniques, and helped drive the business from $6-7 million in sales to $38 million annually.

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@TheInSneider is Suddenly a Variety Outsider

Like so many things involving feisty Variety film writer Jeff Sneider, the info was divulged suddenly and without warning via Twitter:

Then came a story on TheWrap about Sneider’s dismissal, written by Alexander C. Kaufman with input from Sharon Waxman. The article gets a critical fact wrong; a tweet referenced was not connected to Robopocalypse but rather was the sixth and final component of Sneider’s rapid-fire expression of dismay on Twitter when he learned he had lost an entirely different long-simmering scoop to The Hollywood Reporter (about Christopher Nolan planning to direct Interstellar).

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Marc Malkin Disputes THR’s Kristen Stewart-Snow White Item*

Just a few hours tonight after Kim Masters and Borys Kit filed a story for The Hollywood Reporter indicating that Kristen Stewart has been dropped from Universal’s Snow White and the Hunstman sequel plans, Marc Malkin over at E! News begs to differ.

Tying to an earlier item he wrote about Stewart in late May, Malkin insists the actress was never contractually committed to a SWATH sequel. Therefore, he argues, she cannot be “dropped” from the nascent follow-up:

Contrary to a report, Stewart has not been dropped from Universal’s planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel because the concept is being retooled to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman.

Rather, she was never officially attached to one to begin with. (And, for that matter, neither is Hemsworth, as yet.) What’s true is that a new writer is being brought in to replace the first film’s scribe, David Koepp, sources confirmed to E! News Tuesday.

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Tatiana Siegel Segues Back to The Hollywood Reporter

It’s been a while since a reporter jumped the bridge from one of Hollywood’s oldest trade publications to the other.

Tatiana Siegel, who worked for The Hollywood Reporter from 2003-2007 before later stinting at Variety, is now back with THR as a contributing editor. She joins a film team managed by Gregg Kilday that includes Tim Appelo, Alex Ben Block, Borys Kit and Pamela McClintock. Per today’s announcement:

Siegel will be based on the east coast and will contribute to coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival in September. She will also continue to make appearances as a film expert on TV networks.

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Clever Short Propels Nashville Filmmaker to Hollywood

Twenty-seven-year-old Seth Worley, who works by day for Lifeway Christian Resources, has LA meetings lined up in August with CAA, William Morris Endeavor, UTA, and several other powerhouse talent rep and management firms. All thanks to Plot Device, a nine-minute short that pokes fun at stock Hollywood characters.

Worley tells the Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit that after a couple of rejected ideas, short corporate sponsor Red Giant was on board. In Plot Device, Worley’s brother Ben wreaks havoc in his front yard after receiving an Internet ordered magic push-button gizmo that when pressed, instantly brings to life such cliched Tinseltown narrative devices as a mad sniper, alien invaders, and so on:

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Reporter Ponders Status of Hollywood Project Kill Bin Laden

Veteran Hollywood Reporter staffer Borys Kit filed a quick overnight report about how the historic events of May 1st in Abbottabad, Pakistan might impact a gestating project reuniting Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow with her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal (pictured).

The action thriller – tentatively titled Kill Bin Laden – was reportedly going to tell the story of a failed Black Ops attempt to assassinate the al-Qaida leader. That of course is now ancient history. Per Kit:

The Bigelow movie could stay more or less the same, gaining momentum as Sunday’s events give its subject matter added weight, context and timeliness. Or perhaps the project will do a 180-degree turn, with a new story line and focus. We can’t imagine the events surrounding Bin Laden’s ultimate killing not being incorporated into the script in some fashion.

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Assessing the New Hollywood Reporter

OK, we finally got our hands on a copy of the new and improved Hollywood Reporter. First thought: wow, this thing is thick. 152 pages thick, filled with glossy fashion ads. Nice.

That said, our initial thoughts about the cover have stuck with us: that’s an awful lot of white women. Said cover is a rather dull shot of pasty Oscar hopefuls Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank and Natalie Portman. When we wrote about the lily white cover earlier this week, a rep from THR wrote us to say she agreed, and that THR had covered the issue of how this could be the whitest Oscars in 10 years–no minorities are expected to be nominated in any of the major categories.

True, but that doesn’t mean you have to go along with it. It’s your cover.

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