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Posts Tagged ‘John Amato’

Guggenheim Promotes Lynne Segall

LynneSegallPicFrom senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter, to executive vice president and group publisher for both THR and Billboard. That’s the latest career progression for the talented Lynne Segall.

From today’s Guggenheim Media announcement:

“Lynne has been at the heart of The Hollywood Reporter’s success, turning brand potential into a churn of growth and constantly raising the bar with a string of truly spectacular achievements,” said Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group co-president John Amato. “Stepping into this new role at Billboard, Lynne will be playing an essential role in Billboard’s next chapter while she continues to drive growth at The Hollywood Reporter.”

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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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Hugo Lindgren Segues to The Hollywood Reporter

HugoLindgrenTwitterProfilePicVia Twitter and internal memo this morning (PT), Janice Min has shared some more, major first-work-week-of-January news. Hugo Lindgren, formerly with the New York Times Magazine, is headed west at the end of the month to oversee The Hollywood Reporter:

Dear Staff:

In case you missed the meeting this morning, I wanted to introduce you to our newest addition here, Hugo Lindgren. I am thrilled to tell you that Hugo is joining The Hollywood Reporter as acting editor while a team including executive editor Matthew Belloni, creative director Shanti Marlar and photo and video director Jennifer Laski get going working on Billboard with me. Hugo will be serving in my stead day-to-day (with me always available and in the loop… perhaps just not ticking off every caption) for the next three months.

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Janice Min Takes Over Billboard

In honor of vinyl, the medium that along with radio cemented Billboard‘s place in the media firmament, we’ve got an A-side and B-side for this story.

BillboardLogoThe A-side is a gargantuan press release (and mirrored article version) blasted out last night announcing that Janice Min has been promoted to co-president/chief creative officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. In partnership with John Amato, formerly overseeing Backstage, her duties will now also encompass the re-invigoration of Billboard:

“The combination of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under one editorial voice creates a true entertainment super-brand,” said Min. “I’m excited to be at the center of two organizations so influential in driving the conversation in popular culture. The breaking news, personalities and glamour — all wrapped in a sophisticated media environment – that the two brands deliver make for a thrilling combination.”

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Backstage Magazine Rolls Out New Website, Print Format

When Prometheus Global Media handed over a controlling interest of Backstage magazine last fall to former New York City taxi cab advertising king John Amato, it promised to return the once venerable brand to the status of essential working actor’s tool. This week, the 52-year-old publication’s new look is officially ready for its close-up.

The website backstage.com has been redesigned to compete more directly with Gary Marsh’s Actors Access and Burbank-based nowcasting.com. The weekly print magazine meanwhile hits newsstands this Thursday with a new price ($3.95) and completely redesigned format. From this morning’s press release:

“We are in an age where it is much easier to produce content for television, film and on the Web,” says Backstage CEO Amato. “It’s no longer just about an agent filling an actor for a role. Now, actors can showcase their own talents and connect directly with casting opportunities on backstage.com.”

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Backstage Magazine Hails a New Owner

Updating her item from Sunday night, Nikki Finke reports this afternoon that the sale of Backstage magazine by Prometheus Global Media has been confirmed. Even though the seller would prefer to use another term.

The parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and other media publications is shining onto their actor mag the nomenclature of “strategic alliance.” But don’t be fooled by the stage dressing, Finke’s sources suggest:

Though no financial details were announced, insiders tell me the investor group is putting up $5 million and [Prometheus joint owner] Guggenheim is financing $10M to $15M more. “Again, they are trying to pretend it’s not a sale for PR reasons, but in any other company it would be regarded as a sale,” the source said. Explained another insider, “They’re dropping assets like flies now.”

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