The Hollywood Reporter announces new hires

Industry vets, style editor join publication

Ahead of The Hollywood Reporter's Nov. 3 launch into a weekly magazine, a number of notable hires have joined the publication.

David Strick is joining as contributing photographer, capturing behind the scenes footage and on-set moments with talent on film and TV. His work will be featured in the magazine, iPad issue and website. He starts Oct. 1.  His experience includes more than 11 years of producing a monthly photo column for Premiere Magazine called “David Strick’s Hollywood,” a book entitled “Our Hollywood,” and a web and print feature he originated for the Los Angeles Times called “David Strick’s Hollywood Backlot.”

Degen Pener, the editor in chief of Angeleno Magazine, has been named culture editor. Pener was previously entertainment editor of Details magazine, editor-at-large and west coast editor of Elle Magazine, staff writer at Entertainment Weekly, a columnist for the New York Times "Styles" section and a reporter for New York Magazine.

Bill Higgins has left Variety to become a staff writer at THR covering society, events and philanthropy. He has been on the entertainment industry social scene beat for the past 25 years at the Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote the Into the Night column.

Jonathan Handel will contribute to the labor beat, effective immediately. He is currently of counsel at TroyGould, where he practices digital media, entertainment and technology law. Handel has worked at the Writers Guild, a boutique law firm representing movie stars and directors, taught film appreciation classes and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Daniel Miller starts Oct. 11 on the real estate beat, which he has covered at the Los Angeles Business Journal since mid-2006. Previously, he worked at the Thousand Oaks bureau of the Ventura County Star, Daily Breeze and Orange County Register.

Jennifer Laski, the former photo director of Departures, who has also worked at More and Premiere, joins THR as photo director, where she will coordinate the photos that appear in the magazine, iPad application and online.

She'll work alongside Peter Cury, who joins THR as art director from Conde Nast's Self, where he was art director, design & illustration. Prior to that, he was deputy art director at Conde Nast Portfolio, and deputy art director at InStyle and People. Cury also worked on the redesigns of Entertainment Weekly and Fortune Magazine.

Carol McColgin, who covered fashion for six years at Us Weekly, including collaborating on the magazine's annual style issue and style specials, will oversee all fashion content and market coverage, ramping up style both in-book and online.

THR.com has seen a major increase in traffic, becoming the most-read industry website with 2.13 million unique visits in August, according to ComScore -- up 12 percent from its performance in July and beating direct competitors Variety (367,000, down 19% from July) and the Wrap (288,000, down 21%). THR also tripled its lead over Deadline Hollywood, which fell 36% from July to 752,000.
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