The respective parent companies of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter announced a joint venture Wednesday that effectively merges the two oldest and biggest show business trade publications, housing them in a joint venture controlled by Variety and Deadline owner Penske Media Corp.
TV media journalist and historian Morrie Gelman died Aug. 26 in Palm Desert, Calif., of heart failure at age 90 with his family at his side. During his nearly 50-year career, Gelman reported news as a journalist at prestigious big-city newspapers during their heydays, and then transitioned to business magazines as they ascended on the […]
Lawrence Laurent, who became The Washington Post’s first television critic in 1953 and wrote about entertainment programming, news and industry developments for more than 20 years, died Aug. 1. He was 95. When he launched the beat at the paper, television was an entertainment phenomenon, expanding quickly and in unpredictable ways.
Dennis Wharton is exiting his post as chief spokesman and communications strategist for the National Association of Broadcasters at the end of June after 24 years, the longest such tenure in the group’s history. In a previous life, Wharton covered Washington as the D.C. bureau chief for Variety.
The media industry continues to see widespread cuts as Valence Media slashes jobs across several of its brands, including The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Vibe. About a third of the company’s media division was laid off on Tuesday, which amounts to more than 100 job cuts, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Four years after Matthew Belloni ostensibly took over from Janice Min at The Hollywood Reporter, the long time writer for the Tinseltown trade is exiting in the middle of the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Though stressing in a memo to staff that the move is “100% amicable,” Belloni also reveals some serious tension at the top of the Valence Media-owned magazine may render things untenable
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The site’s former special projects editor takes over as Harry Jessell moves into semi-retirement, continuing to write and advise the editorial team.