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Variety Loses Bill Higgins to Hollywood Reporter

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 23, 2010 at 10:01AM

Score another win for The Hollywood Reporter in its ongoing challenge to weakened Variety and Deadline, which are both seeing traffic declines as THR reaps spikes from new editorial director Janice Min's edgier, newsier content. Now after a decade covering the party scene for Variety, Bill Higgins has moved into the THR offices on Wilshire Boulevard as a staff writer covering parties and Hollywood philanthropy for the invigorated trade, which is doubling staff as it transitions in the next month to a newstand weekly glossy. Higgins now joins recent hires Kim Masters, Allison Hope Weiner and executive editor Owen Phillips (glossy WSJ) at Min's daily editorial meetings. Up next: a gossip columnist.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Score another win for The Hollywood Reporter in its ongoing challenge to weakened Variety and Deadline, which are both seeing traffic declines as THR reaps spikes from new editorial director Janice Min's edgier, newsier content. Now after a decade covering the party scene for Variety, Bill Higgins has moved into the THR offices on Wilshire Boulevard as a staff writer covering parties and Hollywood philanthropy for the invigorated trade, which is doubling staff as it transitions in the next month to a newstand weekly glossy. Higgins now joins recent hires Kim Masters, Allison Hope Weiner and executive editor Owen Phillips (glossy WSJ) at Min's daily editorial meetings. Up next: a gossip columnist.

Daily THR editor Elizabeth Guider, also brought over from Variety, has been on extended family leave and is expected back in the office this week.


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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.