Michael Wolff, Bill Carter Join Hollywood Reporter as Contributing Editors
THR has made these and other key hires as the magazine highlights digital expansion.
Well-known and highly respected reporters and authors Bill Carter and Michael Wolff have joined The Hollywood Reporter as contributing editors.
Carter and Wolff will write for both THR's print magazine and its website.
Wolff, an author and columnist who writes frequently about the media business, has been contributing to the magazine since last year. He has written about various media subjects, companies and personalities ranging from Rupert Murdoch to Brian Williams to Sumner Redstone.
His most recent books include Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age and the Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News.
He also has penned several books about the entertainment industry, including the best-selling The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy and The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night. He was recently named a contributor at CNN and is set to debut a weekly interview program on SiriusXM later this summer.
"Each of these exceptionally talented journalists brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and perspective from their years of reporting on media and entertainment,” said Matthew Belloni, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter. "They will play an integral role as members of our editorial team as we continue to expand, and deepen, our coverage of all things Hollywood."
THR also has made other key hires as the magazine highlights digital expansion:
— Scott Johnson has been named senior writer after having contributed features on subjects such as acting coach Cameron Thor and the woman who filed sexual assault charges against him when she was 13; a cover story on Malik Bendjelloul, the Searching for Sugan Man director who committed suicide less than a year after winning an Oscar; and Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former Survivor producer accused (and later convicted) of killing his wife in Mexico. The latter story won two awards, in the investigative and crime reporting categories, at last month's Southern California Journalism Awards. Johnson is a former Newsweek foreign correspondent (1998-2010) and has freelanced for National Geographic, Politico Magazine, Foreign Policy, BuzzFeed and others.
— Dave McCoy has been named senior editor for THR.com. He spent 13 years at MSN Entertainment in numerous roles, including senior producer, lead movies editor, managing editor and senior video producer. He also was movies editor for Willamette Week and Reel.com, and has freelanced for The Seattle Times, Contra Costa Times, Newsweek.com, Salon, Wired, Amazon.com and MSNBC, among others.
— Kate Stanhope has been named TV writer, covering breaking news and writing features about the television industry. She was senior editor at TVGuide.com, where she spent five years before joining THR.
— Ryan Gajewski has been named associate editor for THR.com after having served as entertainment news writer for Wetpaint Entertainment and contributing writer for The Onion.
— Natalie Stone has been named assistant editor for THR.com. She has been with THR for nearly three years, previously serving as photo and video assistant.
— Meena Jang has been named assistant editor for THR.com after having freelanced for the magazine and website. She graduated from USC in 2014 with a communications degree.
— Tess Zolly has been named social media editor for THR.com. She previously was a copywriter at Nordstrom/Hautelook.
The photo team also has made several new hires: Tristan Cassel has been named associate photo editor, Jared Rosenthal was named assistant photo editor, and Megan Downie was tapped as photo researcher.
The news comes on the heels of THR winning 10 awards — the most of any news organization — at last month's SoCal Journalism Awards, including best website and entertainment journalist of the year for TV editor Lacey Rose.