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Another Month, Another THR Web Traffic Record

JohnOliverILoveNYTHRThis is why Guggenheim Partners pays Janice Min the big bucks.

For the month of March, worldwide Web traffic was up for both Billboard and THR (on the heels, in the case of the latter weekly print-tied operation, of Jimmy Fallon suggesting Tuesday to guest John Oliver that being on the cover of the “New York Issue” was a “giant, giant magazine” honor). Here’s the short-and-sweet memo from Dan Strauss, GM, digital for both sites:

Hi Everyone,

comScore released multi-platform numbers for March 2014 and I’m happy to announce that THR set a new record with 14.288M total worldwide unique visitors. This tops our previous mark of 14.013M from Jan 2014 by 2%.

Billboard also had a strong March jumping from 7.656M in Feb to 9.377M total worldwide unique visitors.

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A Gaggle of Oscar-Winning Producers

There are all sorts of fascinating group-snippets in the video below, shot by The Hollywood Reporter during a recent gathering of dozens of Academy Award-winning and nominated producers at the home of Robert Evans.

All these years later, Frank Marshall alongside Quincy Jones still can’t get over the fact that the Academy honored The Color Purple with 11 nominations but skipped director Steven Spielberg. Mel Gibson and Alan Ladd Jr. try to remember how they first met. And Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), with father Ivan next to him, details some unusual dynamics:

“I remember the first time I gave a screenplay to my dad – he was basically the first person to read it – he said, ‘Jason, this is a plotless screenplay.’ You can’t be so afraid of plot.’… It’s a very tricky line when your father is your producer and he has to find that moment of when is he being your father and when is he being a producer.”

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Janice Min Announces First Major Billboard Hire

DanaMillerHeadshotWhat better time than Grammy week to share the first big staffing move of the Janice Min-Billboard era? Think of this one as the outright winner of Guggenheim’s Segue of the Year.

That’s because Dana Miller (pictured) is not only crossing over to the very impressive title of executive vice president, marketing/brand development for Billboard. Her responsibilities as such also encompass The Hollywood Reporter, pushing her to the immediate fore of Madison Avenue assistant call lists. From this morning’s announcement:

In this position, effective immediately, Miller will oversee all marketing, events, conferences, partnerships and brand initiatives for the two iconic media brands. Miller will report to Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group, and co-president John Amato.

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Scintillating TheWrap Stats Also Remind: comScore Counts It Differently [Updated]

On January 26, TheWrap will celebrate its fifth anniversary. And when staff gather at the outlet’s west Los Angeles offices for that purpose, there will be extra cause for whooping and hollering.

TheWrapLogoLast month, guided in large part by the astute Web traffic wisdom and knowledge of executive editor Joseph Kapsch, TheWrap lapped rivals Deadline and Variety by a very impressive comScore margin. TheWrap welcomed a little over 3.4 million unique visitors (its highest monthly total yet), compared to around 2.6 million for Variety and Deadline.

There is, per usual and as mentioned in TheWrap item, a wide discrepancy between comScore’s December 2013 numbers and those tabulated by Google Analytics and Quantcast. Which begs the answer to the question – how can the latter two services measure so many more unique visitors for TheWrap (around seven million)?

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Michelle Shocked Quits Twitter After Nine-Month War with Music Journalist

In the shadow of this week’s Phil Robertson GQ controversy, another scandal involving a celebrity and homophobic comments has come to a very sudden and suitably bizarre end. This one involves veteran freelance journalist Chris Willman, singer Michelle Shocked and her disastrous on-stage comments during a March 17 concert-tour kickoff performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

In March and April, MichelleShockedTweetthe Los Angeles-based Willman wrote extensively for Yahoo and The Hollywood Reporter about Shocked “Dixie Chick-ing herself.” His coverage sparked a nine-month Twitter war, with Shocked mercilessly targeting both the reporter and those having social media conversations with him. Finally, earlier this week, Willman informed his Facebook followers of the following:

Michelle Shocked just succeeded in her months-long campaign to get me suspended from Twitter. She is down to 32 followers and I have (had?) 16,500, but I guess numbers don’t matter when someone is determined to bring someone down with countless phony abuse reports…

Look at her Twitter account if you want to see her posting a photo of herself smiling, saying, “Ask not for whom the punk smirks. She smirks for Yahoo!” – meaning me, since she’s been out to get revenge on me ever since my first Yahoo story about her career-ending SF gig.

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HollywoodLife Aims Slingshot at New York Times, Vulture

ShutterstockPaulWalkerIt’s a  modest, unbylined attempt at Bonnie vs. media goliaths criticism. One that completely misses the mark.

HollywoodLife, four days later, is taking issue with a December 1 NYT article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons. The publication feels that no one should be chipping away, posthumously, at the Paul Walker film career.

The only problem is that neither New York Times excerpt highlighted by HL is anything close to “trashing.” The paper is simply and factually reporting on Walker’s professional trajectory, relying in part on an A.O. Scott film review.

HollywoodLife also mangles the meaning of a Vulture headline for Bilge Ebiri‘s article published Sunday. New York magazine is not reducing Walker to an “Everyman.” Rather, they were angling in on Walker’s charming and extremely rare post-Golden Age combination of an everyman’s personality with a Hollywood leading man’s good looks. They’re actually paying the late actor two separate compliments in that one, single headline.

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Hollywood Reporter Names New Asia Bureau Chief

There has been a changing of the guard with regards to The Hollywood Reporter‘s on-the-ground coverage of China. Replacing the Hong Kong-based Clarence Tsui as Asia Bureau chief is the Beijing-located Clifford Coonan (pictured):

Before moving to China, Coonan was a Reuters correspondent for seven years. He was previously a China correspondent for Variety.

“What I’m trying to do is to share my experiences with those interested in how film and media work in this part of the world,” Coonan said. “I want to clarify this fascinating but often challenging market to overseas audiences. This is a fast growing and wildly vibrant region and helming The Hollywood Reporter‘s Asian coverage is a fantastic opportunity.”

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Executive Editor Owen Phillips Exits The Hollywood Reporter

For the past three years, Owen Phillips (pictured) has worked tirelessly alongside Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min to re-brand a moribund trade. After coming up for air this spring, Phillips decided it was the right time to move on to his next career challenge: a consulting post with Jeff Stern‘s Alegra Enterprises.

This is a start-up departure for Phillips. Previously, on the east coast, he worked at WSJ magazine, Men’s Vogue and The New Yorker.

“It’s been an incredible experience working on the relaunch of The Hollywood Reporter,” Phillips tells FishbowlNY, “and I’m grateful to Janice for the opportunity.”

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Cory Monteith Tragedy Frames Hollywood Reporter Traffic Record

In terms of recent Hollywood Reporter website history, the Holy Grail is two million or more unique daily visitors. That mark was reached for the first time on Monday February 25 (after the Oscars) and again this past Sunday July 14.

Reps for the trade tell FishbowlNY that the massive outpouring of grief and public interest in the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith led to a new all-time THR record of 2,080,000 unique daily visitors.

The three most viewed articles Sunday (east coast time) were all about the performer indelibly associated with the character of Finn Hudson. Starting with Lesley Goldberg’s exclusive confirmation of the terrible news, to which she was first tipped by THR website editor Chris Krewson:

1) “‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Dies at 31
[1,490,792 page views]

2) “Cory Monteith’s 13 Best ‘Glee’ Performances
[65,057 page views]

3) “Cory Monteith Death: ‘Glee’ Co-Stars, Hollywood Mourn the Actor
[82,134 page views]

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The Variety Show Continues at THR

As one former Variety staffer joins the morphing Hollywood Reporter, so leaves another: it was announced today by THR that editor Elizabeth Guider is departing the trade publication for personal reasons. Hopefully, on her way out the revolving door, Guider will have the chance to say hi-bye to new incoming chief film critic Todd McCarthy.

Via brief, boiler plate item on its website this morning, THR indicates that Guider “will continue to contribute” in a way that is more commensurate with her book writing efforts and trips to visit out-of-state relatives. Whether that means angry letters to the (new) editor about her severance package or something else at this point remains unclear.

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