My sympathies go out to all who are losing their jobs. I now have been given names from today’s tragic bloodletting of The Hollywood Reporter‘s staff. The trade has not only been thin, but only publishing digital version 19 days this holiday season. “It’s really bad. They’ve moved beyond cutting bone to shaving off gristle. I’ll be surprised if the print publication makes it all the way through 2009,” an insider tells me. Names I’m hearing include film writers Leslie Simmons, Carolyn Giardina, Gregg Goldstein, plus lead TV critic Barry Garron and TV reporter Kimberly Nordyke, also special issues editor Randee Dawn Cohen out of New York and managing editor Harley Lond and international department editor Hy Hollinger, plus Dan Evans, Lesley Goldberg, Michelle Belaski, James Gonzalez.
Meanwhile, Variety.com editor Dana Harris announced this morning that the “Stylephile” blog is stopping and its newsletter publishing its final column on November 21st. It attempted to bring news of trends but was really just an excuse to attract high end advertising. Meanwhile, Variety may be about to fold Weekly Variety into Friday’s Daily Variety. And the trade recently moved into refurbished office space. Also, Variety has shut its D.C. bureau and laid off Bill Triplett. With THR‘s bureau gone, neither trade is keeping full-time track of Hollywood/Washington.