The top two editorial execs at the Hollywood Reporter are ankling, part of the sweeping changes made by senior VP John Kilcullen since taking the reins in October.
On Monday, editorial director Howard Burns told his staff at a meeting that he was being pushed out of his post. According to LAObserved.com, which first reported Burns’ departure, he told a staff meeting, “If I told you this was voluntary, I’d be lying.”
Burns was No. 2 to Matthew King, VP for content and audience, who announced via a staff memo late last week that he would leave the paper as of this week to pursue opportunities in the nonprofit world.
The paper’s masthead has been in flux since editor and publisher Robert Dowling left exactly one year ago.
No replacements have yet been announced, but Reporter rep Linda Miller said the paper planned to make a personnel announcement today following its annual Women in Entertainment breakfast.
Coincidentally, the Reporter announced Dowling’s departure on the same day as last year’s Women in Entertainment event. As host of last year’s gathering at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Dowling made no mention of his imminent departure (Daily Variety, Dec. 7, 2005).
Dowling was replaced by Tony Uphoff, who took over the publisher’s duties, and King, who took on Dowling’s editorial role.
Both those execs have now left. Uphoff was replaced in October by Kilcullen, who was the publisher of Billboard, which like the Reporter is owned by VNU (Daily Variety, Oct. 11).
Both King and Burns have spent most of their careers at the Reporter.
King joined in 1989 after graduating from USC’s journalism school. Burns started as a TV reporter in 1988.