More layoffs at Hollywood Reporter

Eight positions eliminated Thursday

Seeking to cut costs, the Hollywood Reporter continued to hand out pinkslips on Thursday, eliminating eight more positions, mostly in the newsroom, following the axing of its top two editorial execs earlier this week.

Those let go Thursday include executive editor Peter Pryor, international general manager John Burman, music editor Chris Morris and tech columnist Diane Mermigas.

The departures of veep Matthew King and editorial director Howard Burns were previously announced.

Publisher John Kilcullen said the moves were part of a “major transformation” at the paper. Rather than hire replacements, he said in a statement, “On the editorial side, a number of senior staff will be promoted and receive expanded responsibilities.”

Cynthia Littleton is now the top-ranking remaining editor at the paper.

Last March a private equity consortium paid $8 billion for VNU, corporate parent of the Reporter. Since then, VNU’s publications have had their budgets scrutinized and costs cut. Billboard, which Kilcullen oversaw before taking over the Reporter in October, has already undergone staff cuts.

Others let go on Thursday include calendar editor Selena Templeton, director of marketing Ann Beurskens and public relations exec Lynda Miller.