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The Hollywood Reporter Adds Two

the hollywood reporter logo GThe Hollywood Reporter has added two to its editorial staff: Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop. Frosch will serve as reviews editor and Bishop will serve as news director, THR.com.

Frosch comes to THR from France 24, where he served as film editor and critic. He had been with France 24 since 2009. Bishop most recently served as The Verge’s film and TV editor.

“Bryan and Jon are proven impact players in their fields,” said THR’s executive editor, Matthew Belloni, in a statement. “We’re thrilled they are bringing their experience, strong relationships, and tireless work ethic to help The Hollywood Reporter build on its success.”

Botth Frosch and Bishop begin their new roles July 14.

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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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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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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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Getting to Know Some of This Year’s SoCal Journalism Award Finalists

Congrats to all finalists (so far) for the LA Press Club’s 55th annual SoCal Journalism Awards, to be presented at the Biltmore Hotel Sunday June 23. In perusing the honor rolls, here are some of the categories that most intrigued us:

Journalist of the Year – Print (Over 50,000 Circulation):

The name we were not completely familiar with – alongside those of Gustavo Arellano (OC Weekly), Matthew Belloni (THR), Gene Maddaus (LA Weekly) and Matthew Garrahan (Financial Times) – is U-T San Diego’s Fred Dickey (no relation to TMZ managing editor Josh). Even if this Dickey wins, he will still have a tough road to hoe in that department at home. According to his website bio, microbiologist wife Kathleen has lent her name to nine U.S. patents.

Journalist of the Year – Online

These are dark days for Patch, with a conference call last Friday as reported by Romenesko revealing more rough tactical agenda items. But here in SoCal, the sun is shining on Rancho Santa Margarita local editor Martin Henderson. He is nominated in this category together with Dennis Romero (LA Weekly), Dylan Howard (Celebuzz), Chris Hedges (Truthdig) and Catherine Green (Neon Tommy). This guy has paid his dues, winning his first journalism award in high school and starting at the LA Times all the way back in1990.

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The Best Article About The Hangover Part III is Mostly All About The Hangover Part I

Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Mike Tyson and Ken Jeong’s stellar supporting work in The Hangover can be savored this week in The Hollywood Reporter. In an ingenious editorial move, executive editor Matthew Belloni and senior TV writer Lacey Rose chucked the usual script for sequel promotion and orchestrated instead a rollicking oral history of the 2009 R-rated smash that started it all. (The final Part III installment opens in theaters May 24.)

FishbowlLA can never get enough of Jeong’s Mr. Chow. In the article, the actor’s work is fully retraced, from the audition to the origins of some of the most repeated lines to a touching backstory:

JEONG: It was a very magical shoot. My wife was going through breast cancer and chemotherapy at the time. [She recovered.] It was part of the reason I was so unhinged in the character; I think I was working out my own demons. Todd and Bradley were the only people who knew. Hangover got me through the most difficult time in my life.

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Hollywood Reporter Delivers a Leno Lollapalooza

You’d think a guy who took a huge pay cut in 2012 on behalf of one of NBC’s few TV ratings hits would be bullet proof within the network’s executive ranks. But while Matthew Belloni’s Hollywood Reporter cover story about Jay Leno does not pinpoint the two “high-level industry sources” that leaked information to colleague Kim Masters for a March 1 item, the embattled Tonight Show host clearly believes the bleed was carved from the Peacock. Rather than, say, a Big Four talent agency or entertainment attorney’s office.

From Belloni’s piece:

Sources say Leno, when he signed his most recent deal, expected it could be his last at the network. But he is said to have been upset by what he perceived to be an NBC leak to THR and by the prospect of another messy transition that would play out in the press.

Can’t blame (the soon-to-be 63-year-old) Leno for that. No comedian likes to be so consistently heckled, even a road warrior like Leno. The prospect of 16 more months of media-amplified cat calls of “You suck!” is no laughing matter.

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Anita Busch vs. Michael Ovitz Business Still Lingering

In the spring of 2008, former CAA kingpin Michael Ovitz answered an odd-sounding question in an LA courtroom. It was during the trial of now incarcerated former PI Anthony Pellicano and went like this with defense attorney Chad Hummel, who was representing an LAPD sergeant:

Hummel: Did you ever hire Mr. Pellicano to put a fish on Anita Busch’s car?
Ovitz: Absolutely not.

Five years later, despite that denial, Busch and Ovitz are still legally entangled in a civil lawsuit. Per a THR Esq. update by Eriq Gardner, Ovitz is asking for “sanctions against Busch, summary judgment in the lawsuit on the basis that her claims are time-barred and the right to learn through discovery what else Busch was working on at the time in question.”

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Matthew Belloni Named Exec Editor of Hollywood Reporter, Alison Brower Joins Team

We have more Hollywood Reporter news to pass along. Matthew Belloni, who has been with THR since 2006, has been promoted from news director to executive editor, and Alison Brower, former interim editor-in-chief of Seventeen, is joining THR as special projects editor.

Janice Min, deputy editor of THR, said Belloni was more than qualified to take for the exec editor position. ”In addition to his unparalleled newsroom instincts, Matt has helped steer the news coverage of THR and built the industry’s most eagerly watched blog on the intersection between law and entertainment,” said Min, in a statement. “He’s helped move THR forward into uncharted territory, and will continue to do so in new role as executive editor.”

Brower has held a variety of high-level editorial positions during her career, including executive editor of Redbook and special projects editor at O, The Oprah Magazine.

“Alison has one of the best eyes in the business for creating content that connects readers to publications with special issues, events and partnerships,” Min said. “Her ability to coordinate multiple factors that elevate both editorial and the brand will be key to THR.”

Hollywood Reporter Bolsters Marketing, Editorial Departments

It feels a little bit this week like the inauguration of Janice Min’s second two-year term. Having re-branded and relaunched a struggling Hollywood trade publication as a consumer weekly magazine and website, Min is seemingly gearing up for the next big operational step forward towards (hopefully) break-even.

On Tuesday, THR announced the appointment of a VP of marketing, Anna Magzanyan. She was previously with Clear Channel, where she handled iHeartRadio, and the LA Times Media Group. Today, the first of several waves of editorial hires is being heralded.

The biggest and in some ways most surprising move is that news editor Matthew Belloni (pictured) has been promoted to the same post as Owen Phillips. The two will share the title of executive editor and work alongside a group that now includes deputy editorial director  Mark Miller. He reports directly to Min and comes over from the downsizing Daily Beast/Newsweek. Alison Brower, most recently the interim editor-in-chief of Seventeen, has been appointed THR special projects editor.

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