Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor Owen Phillips Is Gone

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by Anne Thompson
July 23, 2013 4:19 PM
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Owen Phillips

Nothing lasts forever, and toiling for Janice Min at The Hollywood Reporter takes its toll. Word has been circulating for weeks that Owen Phillips, executive editor for The Hollywood Reporter, was on his way out after more than two years. That shoe has dropped. Phillips leaves Friday. (Min's staff memo is below.) 

As successful as the weekly THR is, it's tough to work for because Min loves to improve and tinker up to the last possible minute. That makes the glossy glamour rag timely and fun. But it's hard on the editors who must make her wishes so. “I’m very proud of everything the staff at THR has accomplished," Phillips stated. "I’ll miss both the veterans and the new crew — and maybe even the all-nighters.”

Phillips deserves some credit--along with Min and her lieutenants, executive editor Matt Belloni and film editor Gregg Kilday-- for reestablishing the THR brand and giving it dominance in the trade space. THR stands above Jay Penske's Deadline and newly revamped Variety, as well as The Wrap. Phillips is taking a consulting post with Jeff Stern‘s Alegra Enterprises, where he'll be "creating content – in entertainment and beyond – for new distribution channels, particularly mobile.”

Phillips moved out from the East Coast after editing for WSJ magazine, Men’s Vogue and The New Yorker.

Dear Staff:

I am writing to let you know that after nearly three years, Owen Phillips will be departing The Hollywood Reporter. As many of you know, Owen was a key part of the team that was here from the beginning of the relaunch of The Hollywood Reporter, and part of a group that took a leap of faith, relocating from New York to Los Angeles to help implement our reinvention. It was a gamble that paid off beyond anyone’s expectation for our staff and readers alike. During his time, he worked closely with much of the edit staff, business side, our international team and our critics.

Today we have the finest entertainment operation in the business. In November, The Hollywood Reporter print and digital editions will celebrate their third anniversary. I am grateful to Owen for his dedication and efforts during this time.

In his next move, he will be serving as a consultant to Jeff Stern’s Alegra Enterprises to develop media and entertainment properties. His last day with The Hollywood Reporter is Friday. Please join me in wishing him all the best.

Hat Tip: Fishbowl NY.
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3 Comments

  • Andy | July 24, 2013 3:29 PMReply

    Owen Philips? The guy is a bad joke from the 90s.
    To be fair, nobody really hates him... but ain't anybody who actually likes him either,
    - except for himself. And he's no great judge of character.

  • Anne Thompson | July 23, 2013 10:28 PMReply

    Excuse me? I met Jay once. He asked to meet me around the time he first acquired Variety. It was a get-to-know you session. That was the last we ever spoke. I am very happy where I am. And you? Aren't you supposed to be on vacation?

  • Nikki Finke | July 23, 2013 10:01 PMReply

    Hey, Anne, why didn't you tell readers you've been rejected time and time again when you've asked Penske for a job? Nothing like transparency...

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