While our sister publications The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard continue to experience digital growth, the titles are seeing a realignment of resources today. FishbowlNY has learned 10 people, including four editorial staffers from the print side of the magazines, have been laid off.
At The Hollywood Reporter, senior editor Alex Ben Block and film reporter Tim Appelo are among the cuts; at Billboard, correspondent Phil Gallo and editor-at-large Joe Levy are out.
Levy was passed over for the editor-in-chief job, which went to Tony Gervino last year. Several people from the marketing teams of both pubs were also let go.
The changes come as Billboard had its biggest day ever in Web traffic, following February’s Grammy Awards. A few weeks later Janice Min, who oversees both THR and Billboard, promoted Mike Bruno to senior VP of digital content at Billboard.
Here’s the memo from Min and Billboard/THR president John Amato:
To: Prometheus Global MediaStaff
From: John Amato and Janice Min
Date: April 16, 2015
Re: Looking ahead
Over the past few years, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have seen some tremendous growth, both in terms of our combined readership, the recent launch of Adapt Studios, the ongoing success of our numerous marquee events, and the remarkable strides made in building an unparalleled digital presence for both outlets. With your dedication and hard work, we’ve managed to accomplish all this despite some of the challenges of the current media environment.
As we have pursued this kind of growth, we’ve expanded both the editorial and business teams of both publications. Now, as we reallocate resources, we are parting ways with a small number of current staff across both titles, 10 people in all. This process was concluded today.
These decisions are never easy but were made in consideration of the needs of our business in the long term. We wish all of the affected employees the best.
Thank you and we look forward to further successes, both here and for our departing colleagues.
John and Janice