THR promotes senior staffers


In a restructuring of operations at The Hollywood Reporter, a number of senior editorial staff members have received promotions and expanded responsibilities.

Paula Parisi has been promoted to vp and executive editor, reporting to John Kilcullen, publisher of The Reporter and senior vp film, performing arts, music and literary groups at parent company VNU Business Media. Parisi, who was editorial director of features, will continue to be responsible for the operations of the features department and will work closely with Kilcullen on new business initiatives.

Cynthia Littleton continues as editor, overseeing all daily newsgathering and coverage. She reports to Kilcullen.

Christy Grosz has been promoted to features editor, overseeing day-to-day operations of the features department, reporting to Parisi. Grosz was executive editor, features.

"The features department has never been stronger, and Christy has played an invaluable role in building it into what it is today," Parisi said. "This promotion recognizes that contribution and the fact that she is going to play an important role in the future of the paper."

David Morgan has been promoted from managing editor to senior managing editor, overseeing the copy desk and taking a broader role in managing the newsroom. Mike Barnes has advanced from special projects editor to senior editor, working closely with Littleton on editing, planning and administrative matters. Morgan and Barnes report to Littleton.

Harley Lond has advanced from news editor to managing editor, reporting to Morgan. Erik Pedersen has been promoted from assistant news editor to news editor, reporting to Lond.

"David, Mike, Harley and Erik are veteran, skilled editors who have more than earned their promotions," Littleton said. "Their expanded responsibilities will be essential to the smooth functioning of the news operation."

The changes in the editorial department follow the recent resignations of vp content and audience Matthew King and editorial director Howard Burns. As a result of the companywide restructuring, eight staff positions at The Reporter have been eliminated.