THR taps Alex Ben Block

Returns to paper where he was editor for seven years

Alex Ben Block, entertainment industry journalist, show business historian and former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, has been named contributing editor at THR.

In his new role, he will report to editor Elizabeth Guider, providing news features and analysis. He also will continue to pen occasional special reports for the Features department under executive editor Stephen Galloway.

Block brings a wealth of experience and a wide range of contacts to his new role.

"One thing our readers want more of is insight into what the news in the entertainment world means," Guider said. "Alex has both the depth of knowledge and the quick responses that will help us provide the insights our subscribers need in order to navigate the onslaught of information coming at us every day."

As editor of THR for seven years, Block helped launch the weekend international edition and the first online edition. He was editor of THR's Cannes show dailies six times, produced the Key Art Awards three times; and participated in numerous seminars, panels and events. He went on to become one of the founding editors of the trade paper TelevisionWeek.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and a graduate of Ithaca College, Block is the author of two showbiz books -- "OUTFOXED: The Inside Story of America's Fourth Television Network" and "The Legend of Bruce Lee." He is co-editor of the upcoming "Blockbusting: The Business of Filmmaking: A Decade-by-Decade Survey" covering 100 years of blockbusters, from Harper and George Lucas Books.