Clifford Coonan Named Asia Bureau Chief at The Hollywood Reporter

Clifford Coonan

The veteran Beijing-based journalist leaves Variety to spearhead THR's expanded China coverage and oversee print and online content throughout the region.

Clifford Coonan, Variety's China correspondent, has been named Asia bureau chief at The Hollywood Reporter.

For the past 10 years, Coonan, who is based in Beijing, has enjoyed a front-row seat to the world's second-biggest movie market as well as the rapidly growing entertainment sector throughout Asia. Coonan reports to international news editor Kevin Cassidy.

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"What I'm trying to do is to share my experiences with those interested in how film and media work in this part of the world," Coonan said. "I want to clarify this fascinating but often challenging market to overseas audiences. This is a fast-growing and wildly vibrant region, and helming The Hollywood Reporter's Asian coverage is a fantastic opportunity."

Before moving to Beijing, Coonan was a Reuters correspondent for seven years. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin and holds an M.A. in journalism from Dublin City University. He also attended the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich, Germany.

He is widely published in The Irish Times, The Independent, The Times and The National newspapers and has appeared on BBC Radio and NPR.

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Coonan takes over the post from Clarence Tsui, who will become THR's senior film reviewer in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Tsui has more than 15 years of experience covering Asian politics, culture and cinema as a staff writer and film editor at the South China Morning Post before joining THR.

Said Tsui: "Given the excellent output Asian filmmakers are bringing to life today, the opportunity to evaluate and interpret these gems for THR's diverse international readership is certainly very exciting."