The Reporter adds offices, staff in Asia

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The Hollywood Reporter has a new Asia editor and several new writers and has opened offices in Beijing and Hong Kong to support its expanding coverage of the region.

Beijing bureau chief Jonathan Landreth has been promoted to Asia editor by Eric Mika, senior vp and publishing director at The Reporter. Landreth established The Reporter's first bureau in China in March 2005.

"This is a milestone in The Hollywood Reporter's expansion in Asia," Mika said. "Jonathan is the ideal candidate to lead our strong team of writers in the drive to illuminate and analyze the fastest-growing media and entertainment markets in the world."

A student of Mandarin, Landreth will add to his regular coverage of China's growing media and entertainment market the coordination of The Reporter's 10 reporters and reviewers in Asia. He reports to Mika and to The Reporter's international editor Steve Brennan, both of who are based in Los Angeles.

Landreth will continue to work closely with the business data and information companies owned by The Reporter's parent, the Nielsen Co.

"Jonathan's work in Beijing has been exemplary and groundbreaking," Mika said. "He has raised THR's profile throughout Asia, and his promotion is well deserved."

Landreth was a Reuters business reporter for nearly five years in New York and Singapore.

Meanwhile, Saul Symonds in Hong Kong joins the paper as a reporter. He arrives with a background in film criticism for various Australian and international publications.

Two new film reviewers join The Reporter in Asia and will work closely with chief film critic Kirk Honeycutt, who is based in Los Angeles. Maggie Lee comes aboard in Hong Kong, where Elizabeth Kerr continues to write for the paper. Reviewer Megan Turner, formerly with the New York Post, joins The Reporter in Sydney.

Continuing to work on the news-reporting side for The Reporter are Janine Stein in Singapore, Mark Russell in Seoul, Pip Bulbeck in Sydney and Nyay Bhushan in New Delhi.
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