Eric Mika steps down as THR publisher

Parent company e5 has not yet named a replacement

Eric Mika, senior vp and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, is stepping down after a three-year tenure at the helm of the 80-year-old brand. A replacement has not yet been named by THR's new owners, e5 Global Media.

Mika was responsible for all aspects of the brand, including day-to-day leadership of the sales, marketing, operational and editorial teams, along with brand development and P&L management. He also drove strategic initiatives across the brand's digital, print and face-to-face properties, developing cross-platform initiatives that expanded upon The Reporter's role in the global entertainment community.

A publishing industry veteran with more than two decades in the business, Mika joined Nielsen Business Media in January 2007 as senior vp, managing director of international and three months later was promoted to senior vp/publishing director. Six months later, he became publisher of the paper.

During his time at Nielsen, Mika was key to THR's overall strategy and in building its new management team. He was instrumental in the launch of The Reporter's Premier Edition, the national day-and-date edition for the East Coast; of market and festival dailies in Pusan, Dubai, Berlin, Hong Kong and at AFM; and of a major redesign of the print daily. He also spearheaded international newsletters, the new THR-Asia.com, several online partnerships and a revitalization of the brand's Key Art Awards.

In a note to staff Wednesday, Mika said: "It's indeed time for e5 and its management to build a new team as I embark on my next journey. I want to thank my entire THR staff for their extraordinary service to the brand, and I wish (CEO) Richard Beckman and each of you enormous success in taking THR into a bright and positive future."

Said Beckman, "We wish Eric the best in his future endeavors and appreciate his past contributions to the brand."
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