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Janice Min Pays Tribute to Her Departing Culture Editor

DeganPenerTwitterProfilePicOn September 10, one of the original members of Janice Min‘s Hollywood Reporter team will be moving on.

Both the importance of culture editor Degen Pener‘s contributions and Min’s fondness for him, personally, shine through in a memo circulated this afternoon:

Dear Staff:

I’m sure many of you have heard the news that culture editor Degen Pener will be leaving us in September, but I wanted to formally tell all of you as I know his impact is felt around so many parts of this organization.

Almost exactly four years ago, Degen was among the first five people I hired at The Hollywood Reporter in anticipation of its relaunch. I had known Degen a bit in New York, and was surprised (as I considered him a bit of a free spirit) that he wanted to come work on what was then just an imaginary magazine that I could only describe conceptually (admittedly, it sounded pretty good). As our culture editor, he dove right in for the launch, and was instrumental in creating so much of the tone and style that is now synonymous with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Billboard Adds Chart-Topping Staffers

BillboardLogoThe sweeping hand of Janice Min is at it again. In a memo to staff, the Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president and chief creative officer announced an impressive roster of Billboard hires.

Starting today, Rob Hewitt is the publication’s new design director. He comes to Billboard after three years with Conde Nast Traveler. Hewitt once worked with Min at InStyle and has also held positions at Premiere, GQ and New York magazine.

Joining Hewitt as Billboard art director is Frank Augugliaro, previously with Esquire, alongside several recognizable new reporter and editor names. It’s great for example to see Frank DiGiacomo back in the front-line entertainment journalism mix.

Full memo after the jump.

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Fashion Designer Zac Posen Guest Edits Rebranded THR Style Section

The URL is very clever. Combining the fashion industry term pret-a-porter (French for “ready-to-wear“) with their outlet name, Janice Min and co. have come up with Pret-a-Reporter.

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Fashion designer Zac Posen is the first guest editor of the new digital Style section launched today. More broadly and permanently at the helm is Hollywood Reporter style editor Erin Weinger:

Weinger previously served as director of digital content for fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Her career in fashion journalism began as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times IMAGE section. After leaving the Times, she consulted on new media projects for LA-based fashion public relations firm SPR before co-founding the editorial website StyleSectionLA.com.

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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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Meet THR.com’s New Style Editor

We can’t think of a more appropriate time for someone to start as style editor at a Hollywood publication than the week of the Oscars. Such is the case with Erin Weinger, who assumed her post this past Monday with the Web side of The Hollywood Reporter.

Weinger is reporting to culture editor Degen Pener and THR.com editor Chris Krewson. She comes to the trade from the firm of interior designer Kelly Wearstler, where she was the director of digital content for fashion. Prior to that, Weinger put together the kind of hybrid Web-print journalism resume that is “de rigueur” these days:

Following internships at Time Out Chicago and Angeleno magazine, her career in fashion writing began as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times “Image” section, where she had a weekly column highlighting retail happenings in Los Angeles.

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Former Angeleno Editor Joins Growing THR Ranks

Last week, we relayed some angry reaction from THR.com editor Joseph Kapsch to a report by TheWrap involving some staff departures at his publication. This week, it’s time to once again note some new arrivals at Janice Min‘s never-a-dull-moment transformed trade, one of whom will report to Kapsch.

Former Angeleno magazine senior editor Gary Baum is joining the publication as a staff reporter while author and freelancer Andy Lewis is coming on board as a staff writer. Per the website announcement:

Baum will contribute to the Style and About Town sections, including the Rambling Reporter page. He will also cover restaurants and write THR‘s weekly online Eat Sheet stories. In June he wrote “L.A.’s Power Golf Clubs: Where the Hollywood Elite Play” for the magazine.

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Ready to Get Your TRON On?

People who attend swanky Hollywood parties already know the name larry abel / de-signs. Soirees engineered by the LA firm encompass everything from the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards to the Sundance Film Festival.

But starting November 19th, the hoi polloi will get to sample a little bit of Larry’s magic via a new TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop in Culver City. Degen Pener of The Hollywood Reporter got an exclusive sneak peak ahead of this afternoon’s full-blast press release, and based on the average price range of the quoted items, the merchandise should be well out of the reach of all but the most well-heeled CGI film fans.

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RADAR LOVE: FBLA Goes to the Party

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FBLA went to Radar’s party at the Standard Hotel last night and had a surprisingly good time. There’s always that moment, when fully dressed, one thinks, “To hell with it”, and decides to climb out of the pumps and stay home and eat in front of the tv.

But we went and were glad we did (although David Carr’s predictions were way off.) The magazine’s check-in chick had actually heard of FBLA. She directed us towards the PR guy who pointed out Maer Roshan, Tinsley Mortimer and Fabiola Beracasa, and more importantly, the bar. The Patron tequila people thought a solid ice bar would be just dandy, but they were wrong. We spent a great deal of time dragging people over to meet the half-frozen bartender, just to make sure she didn’t die of hypothermia.

Chatting with the boys from Patrick McMullan, we learned that they’ll be shooting the Vanity Fair party and they didn’t need a date for that, thanks. Clint Spaulding, besides shooting for McMullan, is working with the Maysles, which made him the coolest person in the room, not that he knew it.
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HuffPost’s Julia Allison and her cute blonde friend, Via Osgood, were trying to get people to look at her camera and yap about Radar. She’s got a unique approach–look a little lost and maybe someone will help you. We steered her to the man-candy: Mickey Kaus, Andrew Breitbart and Jay Alexander. We rescued Matthew Belloni, editor of Hollywood Reporter Esq.–or maybe it was the other way around, as she thought he was an agent, with CAA or Endeavor.

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