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The Hollywood Reporter was the entertainment industry's first daily trade paper in Hollywood. It began as a daily film publication, then added television coverage in the 1950s and began in the late 1980s to cover all intellectual property industries.


In September 1930, former film salesman William R. "Billy" Wilkerson published the debut issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The banner headline read, "INDIE REVOLUTION." Studio chieftains were stunned to find themselves covered by an aggressive independent newspaper, with one famous company going so far as to make bonfires of the latest editions.

The dapper, smooth, but-tough-talking Wilkerson became a player in Hollywood, helping develop the Sunset Strip and launching famed celebrity watering holes and eateries, Cafe Trocadero and Ciro's. He was part of the early stages of development of the Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, partnering at one point with gangster Bugsy Siegel, but was allegedly bought out before the hotel opened when he was 'made an offer he couldn't refuse.' This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... The south end of The Strip; approximately one third of the entire Strip is represented here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

July 20-26, 2006 cover

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 456 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (627 × 824 pixel, file size: 170 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Hollywood Reporter, June 20-26, 2006 weekly international edition cover. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 456 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (627 × 824 pixel, file size: 170 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Hollywood Reporter, June 20-26, 2006 weekly international edition cover. ...

Ownership changes

Wilkerson ran The Hollywood Reporter until his death in 1962, when his wife, Tichi Wilkerson, took over as publisher and editor-in-chief. She sold the paper in the late 1980s to trade publishers BPI. Teri Ritzer was the last editor under Wilkerson. She began the paper's modernization by bringing newspaper editors into what was essentially a Hollywood wannabe newsroom. BPI's publisher, Robert J. Dowling, brought in Alex Ben Block in 1990 and editorial quality of both news and specials was steadily improved. Ritzer and Block dampened much of the rah-rah coverage and cronyism that had infected the paper under Wilkerson. After Alex Ben Block left, former film editor at Variety, Anita Busch, was brought in as editor between 1999 and 2001. Busch was credited with making the paper competitive with Variety. Dowling helmed the paper until he was forced to retire during corporate changes in late 2005. Tony Uphoff assumed the publisher position in November 2005. The Reporter was acquired, along with the rest of the assets of VNU, in spring 2006 by a private equity consortium led by Blackstone and KKR, both with ties to the conservative movement in the United States. Uphoff was pushed out of the publication and was replaced by in October, 2006 by John Kilcullen, who was the publisher of Billboard. In 2004, Killcullen was sued by two former Billboard staffers for race discrimination and sexual harassment. Among other allegations, he was accused of sacrificing editorial integrity to appease advertisers. The company settled the lawsuit as it was about to go to trial. Matthew King, VP for content and audience, and editorial director Howard Burns left the paper in a wave of layoffs in December 2006; editor Cynthia Littleton, widely respected throughout the industry, reported directly to Kilcullen but for how long was a matter of industry speculation. Indeed, the Reporter absorbed another blow when Littleton left her position for an editorial job at arch nemesis, Variety in March, 2007. Web editor, Glenn Abel, also walked after 16 years with the paper. VNU has been renamed the Nielsen Company, whose properties include Billboard, Ad Week and A.C. Nielsen. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “Crony” redirects here. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... ACNielsen is a U.S. marketing research firm, based in New York City. ...

Presence on the web

The Hollywood Reporter was the first daily entertainment trade to go online, in late 1995. Initially it was a premium service but competition forced it to become more reliant on ad sales and less on subscribers. The Reporter started archiving some news stories electronically in 1991 and published a primitive "satellite" digital edition in the late 1980s. The web site had already gone through several redesigns --(too many, according to many industry observers, and is reportedly attributed to 'make work' projects to save the jobs of THR web staff as the paper continues to cut personnel.) Rival trade Variety finally posted its own site after the Reporter and thrives as the first 'go-to' among industry users. In 2002, the Reporter's web site won the Jesse H. Neal award for business journalism. Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... An Earth observation satellite, ERS 2 In the context of spaceflight, satellites are objects which have been placed into orbit by human endeavor. ... A digital system is one that uses discrete values (often electrical voltages), especially those representable as binary numbers, or non-numeric symbols such as letters or icons, for input, processing, transmission, storage, or display, rather than a continuous spectrum of values (ie, as in an analog system). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A website, Web site or WWW site (often shortened to just site) is a collection of webpages, that is, HTML/XHTML documents accessible via HTTP on the Internet; all publicly accessible websites in existence comprise the World Wide Web. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Other Reporter electronic products include U.S. and European daily email editions, a new digital-only publication for lawyers, a daily East Coast digital edition, a business podcast and a trio of blogs. An orange square with waves indicates that an RSS feed is present on a web page. ... It has been suggested that Online diary be merged into this article or section. ...

To the dismay of many young staffers, the Reporter was slow to modernize. The paper still used vintage IBM-styled selectric typewriters in several departments into the early 1990s and was sluggish in upgrading operations by adding common business equipment such as computers, scanners and color printers to all departments. Archival materials were routinely microfilmed as late as 1998 rather than digitized, even though the system to view it was in storage or broken. Interoffice email appeared only by the late 1990s as well. It was publisher Robert Dowling who was key in essentially dragging the paper into the 20th century just as it entered the 21st. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The tower of a personal computer. ... Scanners is a 1981 action / science fiction / horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Microfilm machines may be available at libraries or record archives. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Digitized is a method of creating sprites to games using live video footage. ... E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...

In the era bloggers, cellphone cameras, 24/7 cable business news and the explosion of information outlets on the internet, it is possible that one of the trades will take its daily publication completely online in the near future. Recently the Reporter quietly changed printing operations from the West coast to a less expensive Florida-base printing firm. This suggests the possibility that the daily paper may well fold and go fully online 24/7/365 with the weekly printed in the East.

Current status and legacy

The Hollywood Reporter has been called an institution, (many who have worked there insist that it is) publishing out of the same offices on Sunset Boulevard for more than a half century, although by the 1970s the aging offices had become a time capsule more akin to the 1950s and the paper had clearly outgrown them. (Today, the offices are in L.A.'s Mid-Wilshire district.) Shirley MacLaine once paid a visit to the Sunset offices, marching up to a columnist and slapping him over an item he wrote[citation needed]. In 1962 Bette Davis took out an exclusive classified ad looking for work which only appeared in the Reporter[citation needed]. Game show host Bob Barker came in and personally placed ads in the paper[citation needed]. Even Tony Snow reads it. Many famous, not-so-famous and infamous people peruse the Reporter[citation needed]. Institutions are structures and mechanisms of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of two or more individuals. ... Sunset Boulevard (officially known as West Sunset Boulevard, except in Beverly Hills) is a street in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Mid-Wilshire is a region in west-central Los Angeles, California. ... Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ... For the singer, see Betty Davis, for the meteorologist, see Betty Davis (meteorologist). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Anthony Tony Snow (born June 1, 1955) is the current White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush. ...

The Hollywood Reporter's conferences and award shows include the Key Art Awards, which aim to recognize the best in movie marketing and advertising. Its Women in Film issue is a somewhat controversial if not subjective ranking of female movie executives. Their 'Young Star Awards' showed great promise but fizzled. Curiously, the paper's influential celebrity marketability rating system, Star Power, has fallen out of use in recent years.

Editors and reporters today

The Hollywood Reporter has a staff of roughly 200. Today, editors and reporters numbers more than 60, with another 50 staffers scattered in key locales around the globe, having downsized when VNU absorbed BPI in 2000. Like Daily Variety, the paper publishes only on weekdays, although the Reporter has a weekly international edition and in the early 70's, briefly aired a TV show. It is interesting to note that during the golden age of Hollywood film and television, the Reporter was seldom staffed with more than 20 people. It was chiefly in the media boom of the late 1970's, 1980's and 1990's that the employee roster ballooned. VNU Group b. ... The letters BPI can be used in several ways: Business Process Improvement is a method of improving business processes. ... Variety is a daily magazine for the entertainment industry. ...

Staffing at the Reporter continues to be in flux and has been spiralling down for several years in what many industry observers see as a death dive. In 2006, the drama peaked. Tony Uphoff replaced Robert Dowling as publisher. Uphoff then announced his departure from the paper in October, 2006 after just nine months. In that period, Associate Publisher Lynne Segall, a bombastic, forceful and occasionally boorish fixture at the Reporter for two decades, was passed over and forced out, too. Replacing Uphoff from New York was John Kilcullen, who continued to be Publisher of Billboard magazine during the transition. For years Kilcullen claimed he was the creator of the popular, quaint, if-not-silly ".......for Dummies" book series. But last year, an article in the New York Times Book Review section gave credit for the idea to Dan Gookin, who authored the first Dummies book. Now Kilcullen claims to be the co-creator. As publisher of Billboard, he was sued in 2004 by two Billboard staffers for race discrimination and sexual harassment. Among other allegations, the suit also said Kilcullen compromised editorial integrity to appease advertisers. The company settled the case in 2006 as it was about to go to trial for an undisclosed amount. The Billboard brand suffered another turn for the worse in 2007 when the Fox Network dropped the long-running Billboard Music Awards after the show posted the lowest number of viewers in its 15 year history. At THR, Kilcullen wasted no time making changes as revenues were in steady decline. Editorial director Howard Burns was replaced after nearly 20 years, corporate content vp Matthew King was forced out along with eight other editorial and operations staffers in December, 2006. And it is rumored to be just the start. Cynthia Littleton assumed many of Burns' editorial responsibilities, but for how long is no longer an industry parlor game. Indeed Littleton left for an editorial position with Variety in March, 2007. The paper is now searching for its fifth editor in eight years, which speaks volumes for the managerial turmoil and short term thinking at the 75-plus year old trade publication. Clearly the paper is adrift amidst a sea change in the media industry today. Still, staff turnovers continue to plague The Hollywood Reporter and have been a big problem for years. Morale is low and rides a rollercoaster at the Reporter. Indeed, employees have been heard to mutter in half-jest, "If it's news, it's news to us."

The Hollywood Reporter can pay very well or very poorly, depending on a talent or need for a given battle in the paper wars, although top management is rumored to be generously if not lavishly compensated. This may or may not be a norm at trade journals in general, yet it is curious for well-heeled Tinseltown, where image over substance is the rule and inside information is worth millions. 'High school with money' is a commonly voiced truism. Staff turnover during the Dowling years could be considered abnormally high by most corporate standards in publishing or other industries-- beyond what may be measured as normal attrition. It has been said that even today, both The Reporter and to some extent, Variety, may still be 'in transition' from the boutique days as small, independent, privately owned trade papers steeped in the back street shenanigans that made Hollywood work in an era long gone, although both trades were absorbed into large publishing firms many years ago run from the other coast. A journal (through French from late Latin diurnalis, daily) is a daily record of events or business. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., situated northwest of Downtown. ...

Competition with Variety

Variety makes good use of its well-branded heritage as part of the Hollywood scene and culture, not just an observer reporting on it. The Reporter, on the other hand, is often considered by industry insiders as outside that circle looking in and continues to struggle with branding an image for itself, in spite of being established in Hollywood three years before Variety. For instance, Variety's 'brand' is secure in Hollywood history thanks to countless radio, film and TV usages. It has vintage and high profiled product positioning that continues to perpetuate awareness of their place in Hollywood culture in such old films as Singin' in the Rain, Yankee Doodle Dandy and timeless TV shows like I Love Lucy, Make Room For Daddy and others. The Reporter has tried to do the same in recent years, with recent placements in tv shows like "Entourage." Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... ... A brand includes a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into image (disambiguation). ... Singin in the Rain is a 1952 comedy musical film starring Gene Kelly, Donald OConnor, and Debbie Reynolds and directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also handling the choreography. ... Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 biographical film about George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp and Jeanne Cagney. ... I Love Lucy is a television situation comedy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and featuring Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... The Danny Thomas Show (also known as Make Room for Daddy for the first three seasons) was a comedy television series starring Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen, Rusty Hamer, Sherry Jackson and Louise Beavers. ... Entourage is an Emmy Award-winning HBO original series created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase — a young A-list movie star — and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. ...

Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter both are located on Wilshire Boulevard along the well-trafficked 'Miracle Mile.' Staffers often migrate between the papers. There is a history of bad blood between the rivals bordering on the obsessive, sometimes petty and occasionally myopic. Variety was long established as an entertainment trade paper in Vaudeville circles, Tin Pan Alley and in the theatre district of New York City, but it was The Hollywood Reporter that began covering the developing film business in Hollywood in 1930. Variety didn't start its Hollywood edition until 1933. Variety is a daily magazine for the entertainment industry. ... Look up bad blood in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tin Pan Alley was the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ...

The Hollywood Reporter maintains a business association with the home entertainment trade publication Home Media Magazine, which is owned by Questex Media Group. The alliance includes an exchange of stories when the need arises, and gives the Reporter access into the home entertainment trade, which Variety enjoys with its sister publication, the Reed-owned Video Business. Home Media Magazine is a weekly trade publication that covers various aspects of the home entertainment industry, most notably DVD. Also covered is news relating to consumer electronics, video games, home video distributors, video-on-demand and Internet downloads of copyrighted content. ...

Public relations issues

Officially at least, the Reporter has taken the 'high road' in the paper wars. But it has had its own share of contoversies over ethics as recently as 2001, when Anita Busch, the Reporter's top editor, veteran industry reporter Dave Robb and another editor resigned in protest when their journalistic ethics and integrity were stiff-armed then stonewalled by established and questionable corporate policies swirling around the 'George Christy Affair.' Current publisher John Kilcullen hardly seems a paragon of editorial ethics. A lawsuit filed by two Billboard staffers said he compromised editorial integrity to curry favor with advertisers, and the New York Daily News reported that he killed an ad sponsored by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) at the request of Jennifer Lopez's manager. Editing may also refer to audio editing or film editing. ... A Female Reporter A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media. ... George Christy (born George Harrington) was one of the leading blackface performers during the early years of the blackface minstrel show in the 1840s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... “J. Lo” redirects here. ...

In 1998 there was also controversy when mainstream news organizations worldwide attempted to locate White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who had fled Washington as the Clinton scandal broke that spring. Ms. Lewinsky's mother had implied in some jacket notes on a book she wrote that she had been -- or was then recently -- a journalist at the Reporter. However, she had done part-time editing or reporting work a decade earlier (the specifics remain cloudy due to poor record keeping from the era) and in fact she was not a recent full-time staff employee. Resourceful, professional and intrepid journalists, who uncovered this errant fact, besieged the Reporter by phone, fax and in person searching for Monica Lewinsky -- then rumored to be staying with her mother -- by following the lead from her mother's booknotes as the scandal unfolded. But neither person was found at or through the Reporter. For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship[1] while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - D.C. Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2... A journalist is a person who practices journalism. ...

In the late 1940s and mid-1950s, many of Wilkerson's red-baiting headlines in the Reporter during the HUAC hearings may have helped fan the flames of Hollywood's 'Red Scare' when the industry blacklisting emerged. It was a dark but colorful era. Indeed, Wilkerson was reporting on communists in Hollywood as early as 1935. It was also a small news item placed in the Reporter about a studio press screening of a new RKO film called Citizen Kane that snowballed into the legendary industry showdown between the then rising talent, Orson Welles, and William Randolph Hearst, the powerful yellow journalist and publisher. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was an investigating committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Political cartoon of the era depicting an anarchist attempting to destroy the Statue of Liberty. ... A blacklist is a list or register of people who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, or mobility. ... This article is about communism as a form of society, as an ideology advocating that form of society, and as a popular movement. ... ... RKO could stand for: RKO Pictures The R.K.O. - finishing manoever (and initials) of WWE professional wrestler Randy Orton. ... Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film released by RKO Pictures and directed by Orson Welles, his first feature film. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other people named William Randolph Hearst, see William Randolph Hearst (disambiguation) William Randolph Hearst I (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate. ...

The trades' print circulation figures are about the same as Variety's -- low in number (generally fluctuating between 25,000 - 35,000) but reach a lucrative demographic group. However, both trades have an advertising base of chiefly film and television studios peppered with a few upscale goods and services. Diversification by the Reporter, for example, into other consumer and business products, routine for most newspapers, many business and general consumer publications, remains a challenge for sales professionals plagued by the pressure to produce short term results without time or incentive to cultivate effective long-term relationships based on disciplined marketing strategies.

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