THR's Hitchcock takes vp post at Paley Center


Craig Hitchcock, director of sales at The Hollywood Reporter, has been named vp and executive director of the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.

The appointment was made Tuesday by Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the organization. Hitchcock takes the reins Jan. 12.

"We feel very fortunate to have identified the right executive to step into the leadership role in Los Angeles, a role that has been filled so ably and for more than a decade by Barbara Dixon, who is retiring in early January," Mitchell said.

"Craig brings experience and expertise in both sectors, with strong contacts in the industry and a proven track record with media enthusiasts and consumers. We are anticipating that his innovative ideas, energy and enthusiasm will generate new directions and drive new growth in the Paley Center's reach and impact."

Before joining THR in the spring, Hitchcock was a group publisher for home entertainment and retail at Reed Business Information, where he was responsible for business development and ad revenue performance for numerous company publications. Hitchcock started at Reed in 1996; he stepped away in 2005 to serve as director of business development, entertainment and media at PricewaterhouseCoopers before returning to the publishing company in 2006.

"The Hollywood Reporter is always proud when one of our own is recognized by the industry as a leader," said Eric Mika, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and vp of the Nielsen Entertainment Group. "We're delighted for Craig, the Paley Center and the industry."

Formerly called the Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Beverly Hills, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection and relationships with the community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. (partialdiff)