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The Hollywood Reporter, the leading media brand in entertainment, is undergoing a change in its editorial leadership.
Janice Min, who as co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group led THR and its sister music publication to new heights, is transitioning at the end of the month to a new post at the Media Group’s parent company, Eldridge Industries, where she will play a key role in devising media-investment strategy.
Matthew Belloni, currently THR’s executive editor, is being elevated to editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, overseeing all aspects of the brand in online, video, print, TV and live events. Billboard‘s current senior vp content, Mike Bruno, will become editorial director of Billboard, overseeing all editorial aspects of the Billboard brand.
“Janice’s bold leadership, editorial acumen and creative flair have been critical to our success at a time of enormous upheaval in the media industry,” said Todd Boehly, chairman and CEO of Eldridge Industries. “I not only admire her talent, I also consider her a friend, and I’m tremendously excited by the opportunity to work with her more closely at Eldridge.”
“It has been a great privilege and adventure to lead and grow two such iconic and special brands with this talented group of people and friends,” said Min. “I’m confident that I’m leaving The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard in excellent hands with Matt and Mike, and I’m looking forward to helping Todd Boehly and his team at Eldridge reimagine the media landscape.”
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to lead this amazing editorial team and indebted to Janice for her vision and all she has taught me during our six years working together,” said Belloni. “These are enormous shoes to fill.”
Min took the helm of The Hollywood Reporter in 2010, engineering one of publishing’s biggest and most dazzling turnarounds in history. In 2014, she was given oversight of Billboard with similar results. During her tenure, the two publications’ combined digital audience nearly quadrupled.
The Hollywood Reporter is now the most widely read media outlet in the entertainment industry and just completed its four biggest months in web traffic in its history. Advertising revenue has more than doubled, with consistent year-over-year double-digit growth in areas including luxury, fashion, airlines and automotive.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reaches nearly 27 million readers a month online, per comScore, with a social footprint of more than 20 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, several branded shows on television, 40 hours of video a month, a robust Facebook Live presence, and glittering live events that most recently featured headline-making appearances by Madonna, Tina Fey and Megyn Kelly. Recent newsmaking content includes a short documentary about Hollywood’s relationship with the gun industry, the first post-election interview with Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon and podcast interviews covering Oscar season with an array of top talent including Denzel Washington, Natalie Portman and Mel Gibson.
Under Min’s leadership, The Hollywood Reporter won numerous accolades, including two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence in the Special Interest category in 2015 and 2016, four consecutive years of nominations for General Excellence, and two nominations for Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors. It also won 36 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, including Best Entertainment Publication and Best Entertainment Website, along with a 2016 Webby Award for Best Online Film and Video in the entertainment category and a Gerald Loeb award nomination for “Studio Chiefs Unleashed,” a Roundtable of top film executives. Min and her team also won an Emmy in 2014 for executive producing the televised roundtable Hollywood in Focus: Wolf of Wall Street.
Belloni first joined The Hollywood Reporter in 2006. A former entertainment lawyer, he began as editor of THR‘s legal vertical and became news director after Min took over the publication in 2010. For the past three years, he has served as executive editor of both The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, leading news operations for digital and print. As a writer, he has penned some of THR‘s news-making cover stories, including interviews with Disney’s Bob Iger, Fox’s James and Lachlan Murdoch, and WME-IMG’s Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell. He has contributed to Esquire and Details magazines and makes frequent appearances on television and radio on behalf of THR.
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