THR names top editors, adds staff


The Hollywood Reporter has appointed a senior editorial management team to steer the paper through a series of ambitious initiatives in the coming months, including the launch of a national edition next month. The group also will play a key role in enhancing and expanding in-depth news, reviews, features, charts and data across all platforms globally.

As part of the restructure, Andrew Wallenstein and David Morgan have been promoted to deputy editor, reporting to recently hired editor Elizabeth Guider.

Wallenstein, who has been at The Reporter for five years and is now digital media and TV features editor, will help oversee entertainment coverage and play a key role in representing The Reporter in the larger entertainment community. Morgan, a 17-year Reporter veteran who is now senior managing editor, will broaden his focus to encompass the paper's increasing number of international initiatives and publishing activities.

In its efforts to broaden and strengthen its integrated digital strategy as well as leverage its print assets online, The Reporter has hired Melissa Grego as Editor — Grego will have direct oversight of the paper's online initiatives and its growing online staff. A former Reporter staffer, she joins from TV Week, where she was managing editor.

Additionally, senior editor Mike Barnes has been upped to Editor — News, Christy Grosz has been promoted to Editor — Features, and Deeann J. Hoff has been upped to Director — Art.

Barnes will take charge of the day-to-day production of the daily and weekly edition, with specific oversight of the copy desk. Grosz will steer the features department, which produces 300 special reports and feature stand-alones during the year. Hoff will oversee the art and design initiatives at the paper, including newly designed festival show dailies.

As part of the paper's launch of a national edition for the East Coast on Nov. 2, Steven Zeitchik has joined the team in New York as senior writer. Zeitchik's role will be to develop and write news analysis and feature pieces for the national edition as well as break stories and develop a blog about the New York and East Coast entertainment scene.

Zeitchik has written extensively about film, television, marketing and media matters at Variety for two years and before that was at Publishers Weekly for five years. His start date is Oct. 15.

Barnes, Grosz and Hoff report to Guider, Grego reports to Nielsen Business Media vp digital content Scott McKenzie, and Zeitchik reports to Wallenstein.

"These editorial changes best reflect demands of a competitive, global newsroom and best serve our readers wherever they are in the global entertainment biz and on whatever platform," The Reporter senior vp, publishing director Eric Mika said.

Added Guider, "The executives now in place at the senior management level are experienced, impassioned team players whose expertise, leadership skills and dedication will play a key role in making THR ever more competitive and insightful in its coverage and ever more nimble in its approach to the changing media landscape."

In other moves, The Reporter has given new responsibilities to TV editor Nellie Andreeva, who will now have direct oversight of several TV writers and report to Guider. On the film front, Carl DiOrio will take on responsibilities as deputy film editor, handling boxoffice stories while continuing to report on labor issues. He reports to film editor Gregg Kilday. Carly Mayberry, formerly a digital media reporter, and Leslie Simmons, a legal reporter, have joined the film reporting staff.