On Dec. 14, the New York Times reported that Min — the editor who led the Hollywood Reporter into revived visibility but big financial losses as a glossy magazine — is moving to The Ankler, a Substack newsletter launched in 2017 by entertainment journalist Richard Rushfield. She will be a co-owner and also serve as CEO of the newly formed Ankler Media.
Min told the New York Times and said in a tweet that Tatiana Siegel, executive film editor of the Hollywood Reporter, would be joining Ankler. But Variety has confirmed that Siegel instead has plans to join Rolling Stone as a Senior Writer, covering culture. She will report to Rolling Stone’s editor in chief Noah Shachtman.
Siegel later confirmed the news in a statement. “This marks a bittersweet moment,” she said. “While I am sad to say goodbye to the incredibly talented journalists at The Hollywood Reporter — some of whom I’ve been working with since 2003 and consider to be close friends — I am incredibly excited by the prospect of teaming with Noah Shachtman, who I have long admired. Noah’s blend of fearless journalism and thirst for the compelling dovetails perfectly with my own sensibility.”
Shachtman praised Siegel’s reporting chops. At THR, she wrote stories that led to the downfall of Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara in 2018 and producer Scott Rudin last April.
“From her landmark expose of producer Scott Rudin to her meticulous reporting on the relationship between Hollywood and Beijing, Tatiana has delivered incredibly important, impactful journalism on the entertainment industry time and time again,” Shachtman said. “I couldn’t be happier about her joining the Rolling Stone family.”
After Variety published its story last week, Min asserted that Siegel was still on track to work for Ankler, despite the impending Rolling Stone job. “Tatiana has accepted an offer to work for The Ankler. We understand Jay Penske is working hard to keep her in the company,” Min said in a statement.
Siegel, who will be a full-time Penske Media Company employee, will also do some work for The Ankler, under the title of editor at large. Variety previously reported that Min had been in discussions with Siegel about a potential podcast for the brand. Siegel will not be doing any written work for any other publications, outside of Rolling Stone.
“Some personal news. I am joining Rolling Stone as a senior writer AND The Ankler as an editor at large,” Siegel tweeted on Wednesday.
The Ankler, which bills itself as “the newsletter Hollywood loves to hate and hates to love” will remain on Substack in its new phase, which will include podcasts and events, according to the Times, which said Min has been in conversations with Rushfield for 18 months. With Min joining, Rushfield will segue to editorial director and chief columnist.
Since leaving THR in 2017, Min has moved through a series of short-lived positions. She spent seven months as a consultant for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, one year as a news executive at the now-defunct Quibi and 11 months as a contributing editor at Time, where she penned three stories for the weekly newsmagazine.
Siegel will begin her new role at Rolling Stone in January.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Siegel and Shachtman.
(Pictured: Janice Min)