The Hollywood Reporter Faces Class Action Suit Over Misclassifying Of Freelancers

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 5:41pm PDT

The publisher of The Hollywood Reporter has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that the company has denied benefits and worker protections to various freelancers by misclassifying them as independent contractors. David Simpson, a four-year THR veteran who … Read More »

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Variety Editor Out After Less Than A Year

By | Monday November 1, 2010 @ 5:11pm PDT

Leo Wolinsky was brought in after several rounds of layoffs at the trade, and now he was pushed out after less than a year in the job. Before coming to VarietyWolinsky had spent many years in senior level … Read More »

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UPDATE: Elizabeth Guider And Andrew Wallenstein Exit The Hollywood Reporter

By and | Monday October 11, 2010 @ 11:01am PDT

UPDATE: It’s finally official: The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Elizabeth Guider is stepping down as Editor after three years at the helm of the newsroom. Guider had been told she was out almost as soon as THR parent e5 … Read More »

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Steve McPherson Hires Pit Bull Marty Singer

I hear that Steve McPherson, who resigned as ABC Entertainment Group president this week, has asked pit bull litigator Marty Singer to specifically target The Hollywood Reporter. If you haven’t noticed, the front page of THR is increasingly resembling TMZ as a Hollywood scandal sheet now that former US magazine … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Peter Jackson Casting ‘Hobbit’

The Hollywood Reporter has done it again. So I’m embarrassed for the trade paper and any media outlet that stoops to content theft and won’t properly credit Deadline. peter_jackson_hobbit2Back on June 25th, Mike Fleming posted within his scoop about Peter … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Tutor Confirms David Bergstein Won’t Have Role In New Miramax

Back on July 7th and again on July 8th, I was first to report that the notorious film financier David Bergstein “was being pushed aside” and would have no role in Miramax once it was purchased from Disney by construction magnate Ron Tutor and Santa Monica-based Colony Capital. … Read More »

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Janice Min Takes Hollywood Reporter Reins

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 10:33am PDT
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JaniceMin-784125In the most recent development at The Hollywood Reporter since e5 Global Media bought it  last December and began an overhaul, former Us Magazine editor Janice Min has been appointed editorial director. THR editor Elizabeth Guider will report to Min. Nikki … Read More »

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NBC Bans Hollywood Trade After Reporter Sneaks Into Upfront Rehearsal And Reveals All, Including 2010-2011 Schedule And Jokes

By | Sunday May 16, 2010 @ 9:33am PDT

eavesdroppingIt does seem that NBC always keeps fumbling. So I’m not sure which is funnier this morning: that NBC didn’t have any security keeping journalists away from its tech rehearsal at a NYC Hilton hotel. Or that The Hollywood Reporter just revealed … Read More »

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Another Fired Variety Film Critic Lands

By | Tuesday May 4, 2010 @ 12:39pm PDT

variety-xed-out.JPGFirst, Todd McCarthy lands and now Derek Elley, Variety’s former senior international critic who’s joining Film Business Asia. Elley, who was with Variety for 20 years, was fired in March along with McCarthy.

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Todd McCarthy Lands At IndieWire

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 7:54pm PDT

todd mccarthyHollywood will be pleased to know that longtime Variety lead film critic Todd McCarthy, who was laid off by the trade two months ago, has found an outlet for his reviews at IndieWire. He “will not be silenced,” the … Read More »

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THR’s “Mad Dog” Bitchslaps Both Trades

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 7:23pm PDT

beckman3A fashion blog called Daily Front Row just posted a long Q&A about the life and times of The Hollywood Reporter‘s new boss, e5 Global media CEO Richard Beckman (aka Mad Dog). Here are some pertinent parts:

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Variety Online Pay Wall = Lower Traffic

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 1:20pm PDT

Like, duh. I’ve already reported that. Now MediaDailyNews analyzed Nielsen figures, and the Variety Online Group has seen page views drop more than 40%, and unique visitors fall 18% after implementing its online pay wall since December. … Read More »

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Hollywood Reporter Hires New Publisher

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 7:41am PDT

THR logo2 It’s former OK! Magazine publisher Lori Burgess. Richard Beckman, CEO of e5 Global Media, made the announcement this morning. Burgess was previously publisher of OK! Magazine since October 2008. Prior to joining OK!, Burgess was SVP Publishing Director … Read More »

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Is It Nearly Curtains For TheCrap?

By | Friday April 23, 2010 @ 10:25am PDT

TheWrap (aka TheCrap) keeps getting turned down by the private investment companies which it has recently approached for survival funding — Saban, Shamrock, and a long list of others. And the new owners of The Hollywood Reporter aren’t interested in buying the website, given its deteriorating situation, although it’s been … Read More »

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People Hires From EW For New Film Critic

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT
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People Magazine has hired a new film critic to replace Leah Rozen, the mag’s critic since 1997 who took a buyout late last year. The gig went to Alynda Wheat, who spent the last six years at Entertainment Weekly. Rosen’s exit came at a time when media was lamenting the … Read More »

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2ND UPDATE: Miramax Auction Still On; Disney Denies Hollywood Reporter Alert

By | Thursday April 15, 2010 @ 7:46pm PDT

2ND UPDATE, 7:45 PM: I’ve learned that the Weinstein/Ron Burkle/Fortress-Colbeck partnership is still bidding for Miramax. miramax_logo_blackThe group is meeting now — and sometime tonight it plans to submit a new and higher quote in the $615 million Read More »

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Variety Hilariously Tells Subscribers: “Think Of The Paywall As A Velvet Rope”

By | Sunday April 11, 2010 @ 6:07pm PDT

This notice sent to subscribers made me laugh out loud. variety logo 100First, Variety tries to liken your forking over money for the trade to membership in a club, complete with a “velvet rope”. Then it proclaims its “continued commitment to … Read More »

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Hollywood Reporter Publisher Eric Mika Officially Out: THR Turned Down By LA Times’ Lynne Segall; What’s Next?

By | Tuesday March 30, 2010 @ 6:46pm PDT

THR logo2 E5 Global Media CEO Richard Beckman just informed the staff about Eric Mika’s exit. It’s hardly unexpected. Ever since Beckman was hired in January, he has been telling people outside the trade — but, deliberately, not the staff — that he … Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva To Join Deadline.com

By | Monday March 29, 2010 @ 3:03pm PDT


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER‘S TV EDITOR NELLIE ANDREEVA JOINS DEADLINE.COM

LOS ANGELES – March 29, 2010 – Deadline.com is now covering the television industry full-time. Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC)’s Jay Penske and Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke today announced the hiring of Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter TV Editor who is one of the beat’s most preeminent and prolific journalists. Within the next 2 weeks, she will become the TV Editor of Deadline.com and will lead TV coverage for all of the Deadline.com verticals. Andreeva intends to continue to deliver high-profile scoops and on-the-spot analysis about the small screen’s new programs, pilot development, cast changes, business deals and industry trends that will further make Deadline.com the “must read” for influencers and leaders in global entertainment and media.

With the hiring of top journalism talents Mike Fleming to run Deadline|NewYork, and Tim Adler to run Deadline|London, and now Nellie Andreeva to run Deadline|TV, Deadline.com completes its second phase of editorial expansion. Andreeva will report to Finke, who remains Deadline.com’s general manager and editor in chief, and editor and founder of Deadline|Hollywood. All of the growing staff are committed to Deadline.com’s tradition of shattering the mold of traditional reporting and creating a new paradigm for delivering original content with New Media immediacy. Hiring The Hollywood Reporter‘s marquee TV journalist demonstrates MMC’s commitment to rapid growth as one of the most dynamic companies to watch in the digital media arena.

“We are excited and honored that Nellie has joined our talented team at Deadline.com — and with this significant hire, we further accelerate our mission to become the finest source on the business of entertainment and media,” commented Jay Penske, the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of MMC.

Said Finke: “We wanted Deadline to provide full-time coverage of the TV industry but first needed to find the right TV beat journalist to do it. Lots of reporters cover the small screen’s consumer news, but few get in-depth and behind-the-scenes of the networks and studios and talent. After our search started, TV insiders quickly made it clear that our first choice had to be one of my fiercest competitors, Nellie Andreeva, who daily dominates The Hollywood Reporter‘s front page with her scoops. We didn’t know each other personally, so when I first made contact with her by email, Nellie thought someone was playing a prank on her! I’m now her biggest admirer because she is tough and talented, my favorite combination in a journalist.”

Said Andreeva: ””Ten years ago, The Hollywood Reporter took a chance on me, a reporter from Bulgaria with zero Hollywood connections. For the last decade, it gave me the best editors, mentors, and friends I could’ve asked for. I probably never would have left if it weren’t for such a big new opportunity.”

Los Angeles-based Nellie Andreeva has been the TV Editor for The Hollywood Reporter online and print edition since June 2004 and has moderated panels and conducted Q&As at NATPE and the Paley Center for Media. She joined the daily trade paper in 2000 as a TV reporter. Before that, she worked as a reporter at Investor’s Business Daily where she tracked both television and radio, and interned as a science news reporter for Business Week magazine after receiving a fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement in Science while a master’s degree candidate in the Department of Physics at the University of Maine. But her interest in the television industry extends back to her homeland of Bulgaria where she became a journalist and then spent six years as a producer, writer, and director for Bulgarian National Television. Her work helming a popular skit comedy show akin to Saturday Night Live earned her two awards, including the Bulgarian equivalent of an Emmy. Andreeva has masters degrees in journalism and physics from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

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