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Los Angeles Times Names New Company Town Editor

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 2, 2014 at 4:33PM

Here's an internal Los Angeles Times memo from Arts & Entertainment Assistant Managing Editor John Corrigan announcing that deputy business editor Joe Bel Bruno is replacing Charles Fleming as editor of Company Town.
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Here's an internal Los Angeles Times memo from Arts & Entertainment Assistant Managing Editor John Corrigan announcing that deputy business editor Joe Bel Bruno is replacing Charles Fleming as editor of Company Town. 



Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:42 AM

Subject: Joe Bel Bruno, Company Town Editor

Joe Bel Bruno, a seasoned business journalist with deep experience in highly competitive news environments, is the new editor of Company Town.

Joe has been a deputy business editor at The Times for nearly three years, directing our coverage of financial markets and earning respect for his news judgment and his enthusiasm for ambitious stories.

Before joining The Times, Joe ran markets coverage for the Dow Jones news wire and the Wall Street Journal. He was an award-winning reporter at the Associated Press in New York, where he anchored coverage of the financial crisis. He spent three years in London  as senior correspondent for Knight Ridder Financial/Bridge News.

As Company Town editor, Joe will lead a team of reporters who regularly break major Hollywood news and cover the biggest stories in entertainment and media. He will help the team build on an enviable track record and further extend the reach of their journalism on the web.

Joe succeeds Charles Fleming, who is taking on a new assignment in Business writing on autos, motorcycles and green energy. Since joining The Times in 2011, Charles has distinguished himself as a creative and innovative editor, shepherding dozens of stories to Page One and helping Company Town bolster its digital presence.

Charles is also an elegant writer, notching two Column Ones in the past few months and writing the popular L.A. Walks column. His new assignment takes advantage of his skill and expertise, to the benefit of our readers.

Please join me in congratulating Joe and Charles on their new assignments.

–John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor, Arts & Entertainment

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.