Hollywood Reporter Bolsters News, Awards Coverage

Hussein Katz
Erik Hayden; Rebecca Ford

Entertainment's most read brand, which recorded an all-time high of 23.4 million U.S. online visitors in July, is expanding its senior editorial team.

The Hollywood Reporter has announced three key editorial moves as the publication furthers its efforts in breaking news and awards coverage.

Erik Hayden has been named news director at THR, overseeing news for the weekly print magazine and website. Hayden began contributing to THR in September 2012, after prior work at News Corp. and Atlantic Media properties, and was most recently assignment editor, THR.com. He'll report to editorial director Matthew Belloni.

In April 2016, Hayden and Belloni launched a curated morning newsletter, Today in Entertainment, that now reaches more than 115,000 email subscribers each weekday.

In addition, Rebecca Ford has been named awards editor. In her new role, Ford will oversee THR’s year-round coverage of the film and television award seasons, including stand-alone print issues for the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and more, as well as awards coverage online and in the print weekly magazine. She will also help coordinate THR’s award-winning roundtable series.

Ford joined THR in 2011 as an online reporter and moved to the film team in 2012, where she’s reported on development news and industry trends, along with covering the top film festivals including Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. She’s also booked THR's high-profile Toronto and Sundance Film Festival interview lounges, which she will continue to oversee in her new role. Ford will report to deputy editorial director Alison Brower.

In addition, Jennifer Konerman has been promoted to replace Hayden as assignment editor, THR.com. Konerman joined the publication in December 2015 as an associate editor for the website. She had previously been a contributing editor at the entertainment marketing organization PromaxBDA, leading its daily newsletter and writing for the online platform Brief. Konerman will report to Tom Seeley, deputy editorial director, THR.com.

"News and awards are two huge areas in which The Hollywood Reporter excels, so I'm thrilled to promote Erik, Rebecca and Jennifer," said Belloni. "Each has played a major role in our success and I'm looking forward to even greater things."

The editorial shifts at THR arrive as the brand has seen substantial audience growth across multiple platforms. In July, THR.com continued a six-month growth trend by recording an all-time high of 23.4 million U.S. visitors across its desktop and mobile sites, according to comScore. The figure marked 70 percent year-over-year growth. For years the most-read entertainment industry news site, THR.com now delivers a larger monthly online audience than such brands as EW, ENews, Vanity Fair and Politico.

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