On the Hollywood Reporter masthead, there is already a person listed as managing editor, daily—Michael Barnes. But since May, a second managing editor slot vacated by Todd Cunningham has been sitting vacant.
That position has now been filled internally with the promotion of Erik Pedersen, formerly copy chief and news editor. Pedersen has been with the trade a long time–15 years–and previously worked at both the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Daily Journal.
The LA native has also done the occasional concert review for the Reporter, most recently rating Jeff Bridges at the Troubadour and Rush at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Pedersen was also bylined on a July 23 weekend piece about the death of Amy Winehouse.
FishbowlLA has a small suggestion for managing editor number two. Today, yet again, Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman is whining about a Hollywood Reporter item, and his previous reporting of the same information. This is an ongoing thing with Friedman, who also regularly complains about Nikki Finke‘s Deadline.com in the same manner. Perhaps a courtesy reach-out to Friedman by Pedersen would be a good idea.