Columnist Friedman comes on board at THR


Veteran entertainment reporter and columnist Roger Friedman is joining The Hollywood Reporter as a senior correspondent.

Based in New York, Friedman brings more than two decades of experience. He will continue his 24/7 ShowBiz411 blog, which will move to THR's stable of blogs including The Live Feed, Risky Business and THR, Esq. In addition, he'll provide breaking news for and occasional longer pieces for the daily newspaper as well as appear in THR video products and at THR-branded events. He also will play a role in THR's multiplatform awards coverage.

"To have such an experienced and respected journalist as part of our entertainment team will be a major asset for Nielsen Business Media," THR publisher Eric Mika said.

Added THR editor Elizabeth Guider: "For some time, THR has wanted to beef up its coverage of the celebrity world and how it intersects with and influences the business of show business. Bringing Roger on board gives us a great leg up in that effort and will help extend our audience reach."

Friedman created and wrote the Fox411 column at beginning in 1999. Before, Friedman co-wrote the Intelligencer column at New York magazine, where he broke stories while covering the 1994-95 O.J. Simpson criminal trial.

Reporting to Guider, Friedman's role at THR is effective immediately. (partialdiff)