Roger Friedman joins THR

Veteran reporter, columnist to continue ShowBiz411 blog


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

Based in New York, Friedman brings with him more than two decades of experience -- including access to stars and the people who make them. He will continue his online 24/7 ShowBiz411 blog -- which will now 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 key role in THR's multiplatform coverage of the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys and the Grammys.

"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 showbusiness. 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 daily Fox411 column at beginning in 1999. Over the years he became a leading authority on Michael Jackson, from coverage of the pop star's 2005 child-molestation trial to stories about the singer's financial perils. Friedman also broke stories about Anna Nicole Smith's medical situation, leading to the indictment of her physician, and on the shady dealings of money manager to the stars Dana Giacchetto. He was the first to report Sen. John Kerry's decision to run for the presidency (revealed at an Academy Awards party) and the breakup of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's marriage to Donna Hanover.

Before, Friedman co-wrote the Intelligencer column at New York magazine, where he broke stories while covering the O.J. Simpson trial. For four years he wrote and directed Talk magazine's annual Oscar issues and was the first editor of what is now Los Angeles Confidential magazine.

Reporting to Guider, Friedman's new role at THR is effective immediately.