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Hollywood Reporter hires Kim Masters

June 1, 2010 | 11:46 am

The Hollywood Reporter's new editorial director, Janice Min, has made her first hire -- well-known reporter Kim Masters, who will become editor-at-large for the entertainment business paper.

MASTERS Masters, who has had stints as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Time and also was a reporter at the Washington Post, most recently was writing for Tina Brown's Daily Beast website. She is also host of "The Business," a radio show about the industry on KCRW.

At the Hollywood Reporter, Masters will report to Min, not to the paper's editor, Elizabeth Guider. Min is expected to make several more hires in the weeks ahead as she remakes the daily trade paper into a more broadly focused weekly magazine that she hopes will appeal to both industry insiders and the entertainment-obsessed public. The Hollywood Reporter will shift much of its news coverage to its website, and the magazine will ideally show readers the forest through the trees and the weeds.

Although the title editor-at-large often implies a contributing writer working under contract and not a full-time staffer, Masters said in an e-mail that she is going to be on staff and work at the paper's Wilshire Boulevard headquarters. She said that between the gig at the Hollywood Reporter and her radio show, she will likely be "far too busy" for other freelance work.

Besides Vanity Fair and the Daily Beast, Masters has also written for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and is author of "The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else" and co-wrote with Nancy Griffin "Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood."

-- Joe Flint


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Photo: Kim Masters. Credit: Marc Goldstein.