Hibberd joins THR


Television industry writer James Hibberd has joined The Hollywood Reporter, editor Elizabeth Guider announced Monday.

Hibberd, formerly of TelevisionWeek, has been named senior television reporter. He reports to television editor Nellie Andreeva and will be based in Los Angeles.

Hibberd will cover broadcast television as well as undertake feature stories related to the broader entertainment business. In addition, he will launch a blog focusing on the TV business for THR; his current blog on the industry, Rated, is a finalist at the Jesse H. Neal Awards, which recognize editorial excellence in business media publications.

"James brings a wealth of talent, a practiced eye and a distinctive voice to our increasingly robust news reporting staff," Guider said. "In addition, James thinks in multiplatform terms and will play a key role in our online and video initiatives."

Added Andreeva, "Over the past few years, James has evolved into one of the most original voices in trade reporting. He is a top-notch reporter, a great writer and, most importantly, a huge television fan."

Hibberd worked for nearly five years at Crain Communications' TelevisionWeek, most recently as senior editor. Last year, his exclusive TelevisionWeek story about "Kid Nation," which detailed how CBS produced the reality show in New Mexico, launched months of follow-up coverage in the national media and resulted in some states re-examining their child labor laws.

Previously, Hibberd was a staff writer at Phoenix New Times, where he wrote award-winning magazine-style stories for the weekly. In 2001, his interview with an outlaw eco-arsonist engaged in a yearlong campaign to burn down luxury homes under construction near Phoenix inspired a two-hour episode of NBC's "Dateline" and a telefilm dramatization developed by CBS.

A graduate of the University of Texas journalism program, Hibberd has penned scripts based on real-life events and has published pieces in the New York Times, Salon, Details, Cosmopolitan and Amnesty International Magazine. His profile of poker player Johnny Chan was published in a Best American Sports Writing 2000 anthology.