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Publisher Resigns From Hollywood Reporter

October 11, 2006|Claire Hoffman | Times Staff Writer

The publisher of the Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday that he was leaving after less than a year on the job to return to work for a technology publisher.

Tony Uphoff will be replaced by Billboard Publisher John Kilcullen. Billboard is a sister publication of the Hollywood Reporter under Dutch media conglomerate VNU.

Uphoff said he was offered "a significantly larger opportunity" as president of a division of CMP Technology in Irvine. The company, a unit of CMP Media, publishes such trade magazines as EE Times and InformationWeek and organizes trade shows.

Uphoff in January succeeded Robert J. Dowling, who had been publisher and editor in chief at the entertainment trade publication for nearly 18 years.

The Hollywood Reporter is a central unit of VNU, which this year was bought by a private equity consortium for $9 billion.

Kilcullen has worked at Billboard for more than three years. Before that, he helped start IDG Books Worldwide Inc., which launched the popular "For Dummies" series and was sold under a different name in 2001 for $90 million. He will continue to hold his post as publisher at Billboard. There, he is credited with the redesign of the music trade magazine and pushing it into the digital age.

He also was one of several executives named in a sexual harassment and racial discrimination suit filed against VNU by two former editors at Billboard who alleged, in part, that Kilcullen ran roughshod over editorial decisions at the magazine. The case was settled in June.

Kilcullen said he would move to Los Angeles from New York.

"I have a lot of new people to meet and I'll start meeting them tomorrow," he said.


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