The new Hollywood Reporter: A shocking switch
The new editor has taken a nastier, more celebrity-focused tone, jarring some accustomed to a friendlier paper.
Many inside the industry were shocked at a lead story on Tuesday that felt like a broadside against the generally liked Jennifer Aniston:
"'Switch' a Bitch for Jennifer Aniston," read the headline, above a story that criticized the movie’s underperformance, but then backtracked to say it "wasn’t necessarily a setback" to her career.
That came on the heels of a scandalous -- and little substantiated -- story about ABC chief Steve McPherson's alleged incidents of sexual harassment on the job, and threats by debt-encumbered financier David Bergstein, who was angered by the coverage of his situation and has also promised to sue.
Much of this is jarring to an industry accustomed to a softer, friendlier (though not widely read) trade paper.
“They’re in areas that are very dicey for a trade publication,” said one prominent publicist, who would not speak for the record and has had a run-in with the publication over a client.
He wasn’t the only one. Aniston’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, acidly wrote TheWrap that THR’s new tone "is not going over well with me but I can't say it's unexpected. Janice Min doesn't know anything other than tabloid journalism so of course THR will start to look just like the other trash that's out there." Read more
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