The Reporter expands Asia coverage


CANNES -- The Hollywood Reporter has a new Asia editor and several new writers and has opened offices in Beijing and Hong Kong to support its expanding coverage of the region.

Beijing bureau chief Jonathan Landreth has been promoted to Asia Editor by Eric Mika, The Reporter's senior vp and publishing director. Landreth established The Reporter's first bureau in China in March 2005.

"This is a milestone in The Hollywood Reporter's expansion in Asia," Mika said. "Jonathan is the ideal candidate to lead our strong team of writers in the drive to illuminate and analyze the fastest-growing media and entertainment markets in the world."

A student of Mandarin, Landreth will add to his regular coverage of China's growing media and entertainment market the coordination of The Reporter's 10 reporters and reviewers in Asia. He reports to Mika and to The Reporter's international editor Steve Brennan, both of whom are based in Los Angeles.

Landreth will continue to operate working closely with the business data and information companies owned by The Reporter's parent, the Nielsen Co.

"Jonathan's work in Beijing has been exemplary and groundbreaking," Mika said. "He has raised THR's profile throughout Asia, and his promotion is well deserved."

Previously, Landreth was a Reuters business reporter for nearly five years in New York and Singapore.

Saul Symonds in Hong Kong joins THR as a reporter. He arrives with a background in film criticism for various Australian and international publications.

Two new film reviewers join The Reporter in Asia and will work closely with chief film critic Kirk Honeycutt in Los Angeles. Maggie Lee comes aboard in Hong Kong, where Elizabeth Kerr continues to write for the paper. Reviewer Megan Turner, formerly with the New York Post, joins The Reporter in Sydney.

Continuing to work on the news reporting side for The Reporter are Janine Stein in Singapore, Mark Russell in Seoul, Pip Bulbeck in Sydney and Nyay Bhushan in Delhi.

Stein is founder of the respected media industry consultancy Content Asia and has covered media markets in Asia and Southern Africa for 23 years. Russell has been in Korea for 10 years, also writes for The Reporter's sister music industry publication Billboard, is writing a book on Korea's entertainment industry and contributes to the New York Times, Newsweek and the International Herald Tribune.

Bhushan, in Mumbai, covers the Indian music scene for Billboard. Bulbeck joined The Reporter three years ago and has more than 15 years experience covering the Australian media and entertainment industries for the Australian newspaper, Inside Film magazine and the daily trade publication Media Day, where she is editor and publisher.

Newer members of the Asia editorial team are Julian Ryall in Tokyo, who has lived in Japan for nearly 15 years and also contributes to Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post, the Scotsman and the Sunday Times of London; Andrew C.C. Huang in Taipei, who has written about film for more than a decade; and Joel Gershon in Bangkok, who contributes to the International Herald Tribune and lectures in journalism at Thammasat University.
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