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The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry’s flagship media brand, announced today that Joe Bel Bruno, deputy entertainment editor at the Los Angeles Times, has been named News Director for THR.
As News Director, Bel Bruno will be in charge of breaking industry news and business coverage for The Hollywood Reporter. He will begin his new role at the end of December and will report to Matthew Belloni, Executive Editor.
“Joe is an extremely smart and experienced editor with a deep understanding of the business of Hollywood,” Belloni said. “We’re thrilled he’s joining us to grow and sharpen our coverage.”
Bel Bruno leaves the Los Angeles Times where he served in various roles since 2011. Joe most recently led a team of reporters who regularly broke major Hollywood news for the paper’s Company Town section. He was previously deputy business editor at the Times for nearly three years, overseeing a section that was cited by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards as being “Best In Business” for 2013.
Before joining the Times, Joe ran markets coverage for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He was an award-winning reporter at the Associated Press in New York, where he anchored coverage of the financial crisis. He spent three years in London as senior correspondent for Knight Ridder Financial/Bridge News.
“I am excited to join what is unarguably the world’s best source for entertainment journalism,” Bel Bruno said. “With the power of fast-paced digital reporting and long-form reads in the weekly magazine, THR is constantly raising the bar on covering Hollywood. I look forward to building on this momentum.”
Bel Bruno’s addition coincides with the fifth anniversary of THR’s award-winning print magazine and record-setting online traffic to THR.com, driven by The Hollywood Reporter’s recent Emmy coverage that included “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows” which has generated more than 1 million visits and 95 million page views since launch.
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