News about staff changes at the Hollywood Reporter from the New York Post:
There is a month to go before The Hollywood Reporter takes a colossal gamble and drops its daily print edition to relaunch as a glossy weekly aimed at the film trade as well as some high-end consumers.
No surprise that Editorial Director Janice Min is making a flurry of new hires this week as she scrambles to fill out the staff in advance of the magazine's debut on Nov. 3.
Degen Pener, who was the editor-in-chief of the recently sold Angeleno Magazine, is joining as culture editor... Min also took time to raid from her old boss, Jann Wenner, by hiring Carol McColgin -- who had been the lead fashion writer at Us Weekly -- to be the style editor... Min's also poached from THR archrival Variety to hire Bill Higgins, a one-time "Into the Night" columnist at the Los Angeles Times, to cover parties and events around town.
The daily print version disappears on Nov. 3 when the new weekly launches.
More details from The Hollywood Reporter HERE.
LA Observed reports:
Rob Guth, the Wall Street Journal's tech reporter based in San Francisco, is coming south to be Los Angeles bureau chief... Also, L.A. based Disney and music reporter Ethan Smith gets a promotion to Entertainment News Editor, "the prime reporter and shepherd of our Hollywood entertainment coverage."
I read last week about the passing of long-time wine writer Jean Burggren... she was a lovely person. RIP. Obit HERE.
Thanks to Kenny Werther for passing this along from Theater Mania:
New York magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss announced today that Scott Brown will be the magazine's theater critic as of September 21. Brown has been a part-time reviewer for the magazine for the last two years, and previously worked at Entertainment Weekly and is concluding his tenure as a columnist for Wired. He will contribute to the magazine's print edition, web site, and daily blogs.
The magazine's previous theater critics include John Simon and Jeremy McCarter. Over the past two years, Brown has shared reviewing duties with Dan Kois and Stephanie Zacharek.
From an Elle Decor press release:
Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief of ELLE DECOR, announced the appointment of three additional senior staffers to the brand's editorial team: Ingrid Abramovitch, Editor At Large, Allison M. Mezzafonte, Executive Editor Online and Caryn M. Prime, Managing Editor. Ms. Abramovitch, Ms.Mezzafonte and Ms. Prime join the previously-announced team that includes Anita Sarsidi, Design Director, Vicky Lowry, Executive Editor and Florentino Pamintuan, Creative Director.
From an Architectural Digest press release:
Margaret Russell, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, has named the following individuals to her editorial staff, it was announced today.
Executive Editor —Sarah Medford, formerly Director of Arts, Culture & Design at Town & Country
Managing Editor—Lawrence Karol, formerly Executive Managing Editor at W Magazine
Special Projects Editor— Mitchell Owens, formerly Editor at Large at Elle Decor
Interiors Editor—Robert Rufino , formerly Vice President of Creative Services at Tiffany & Co., and most recently, a Senior Editor at Large at House Beautiful.
Design Editor—Howard Christian, formerly manager of the Treillage design/home-furnishings/garden shops
Style Editor—Elana Frankel, formerly Decorating Editor at Martha Stewart Living
Senior Writer—Sam Cochran, formerly a freelance writer specializing in design, arts and culture, and travel
Copy Chief— Kate Hambrecht, formerly Copy Chief at Elle Decor
Assistant Editor, Digital— Katherine Jerde, formerly Editorial Assistant at Architectural Digest in Los Angeles
Margaret Dunne, the former Executive Editor of Architectural Digest in Los Angeles has been named Consulting Editor, as has former Special Projects Manager, James Munn, both will remain in Los Angeles. George Moscahlades, Architectural Digest’s former Art Director, will stay on as Consulting Designer in New York.