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Us Weekly Ex-Editor Janice Min Is Hollywood Reporter's Editorial Director

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 26, 2010 at 4:08AM

Tichi Wilkerson Kassel is spinning in her grave.
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Tichi Wilkerson Kassel is spinning in her grave.

With the appointment of former Us Weekly editor-in-chief Janice Min as the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, the new owners of the venerable 80-year-old trade, e5 Global Media, are sending a clear message about the publication's new direction. Min joins ex-OK! publisher Lori Burgess, also a practitioner of celebrity journalism, who replaced publisher Eric Mika, who came from Variety. e5 CEO Richard Beckman told The Wrap that while celebrity coverage will be part of their mandate, he wants THR to be "the leading vehicle covering the entertainment industry." THR editor Elizabeth Guider will report to Min, who will oversee the former Nielsen trade empire's print, digital, TV and event platforms. Min is moving from Manhattan to Los Angeles.

The other message? E5 made a serious hire. Min is a pricey piece of talent. You don't hire someone as sharp, canny and experienced in the art of building readers for celebrity news and gossip (also at In Style, Life and People) without letting her run with the ball. With a brand like The Hollywood Reporter, why not go with party coverage, red carpet fashion and interviews and breaking casting, diet and romance news? Lindsay Lohan, Brittany Murphy and JLo build traffic for the likes of Perez Hilton, TMZ and ex-Us-editor Bonnie Fuller's Hollywood Life. That's where the numbers are. By the way, I've met Min and respect her for what she knows better than anyone how to do. She is a brilliant editor who should not be underestimated. Ideally, she'd bring her consumer magazine expertise to THR and somehow balance both worlds: serious business coverage for the trade and populist global entertainment news online.

But that's an unlikely scenario. Sadly, this inevitably means one less serious entertainment business trade, and more of what we really do not need: celebrity journalism.

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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.