New publisher for H’wood Reporter

Kilcullen replaces Uphoff at THR

In the latest revamp of the Hollywood Reporter masthead, VNU has named John Kilcullen as the paper’s publisher, replacing Tony Uphoff, who had been in the position for less than a year.

Kilcullen, who had been publisher of Billboard, will relocate from Gotham to L.A. In addition to serving as prexy of VNU’s film and performing arts group, his corporate portfolio will continue to include oversight of VNU’s music, literary and jewelry brands, including Billboard, Back Stage, Kirkus Reviews and National Jeweler.

Kilcullen is the third exec to hold the Reporter’s publisher title in the past 12 months. His appointment follows a round of staff layoffs at the Reporter, although a rep declined to confirm details of the job cuts.

Uphoff took the post in December when longtime publisher and editor-in-chief Robert Dowling abruptly ankled. Uphoff will rejoin tech marketing firm CMP, where he had worked before his stint within VNU, to lead its business technology group.

At the Reporter, Matthew King, veep of content and audience, continues as the top exec in charge of the Reporter, while Howard Burns serves as the paper’s editorial director.

Shift of Kilcullen follows a raft of exec shuffles at both the Reporter and VNU. Appointment was made by VNU Business Media chief Robert Krakoff, who was named to that post in August.

Before joining VNU in 2003 to tackle its troubled Billboard division, Kilcullen led IDG Books, where he spearheaded the creation of its popular “… for Dummies” series of instructional manuals.

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