Ex-PMC Exec Will Lee to Lead THR.com; Chris Krewson Out (Exclusive)

Ex-PMC Exec Will Lee to Lead THR.com; Chris Krewson Out (Exclusive)

Lee formerly served as Bonnie Fuller's executive editor at HollywoodLife.com and Harvey Levin's NY bureau chief at TMZ

The Hollywood Reporter is expected to name former Penske Media Corporation executive Will Lee as new head of its online editorial operations, replacing current editor Chris Krewson, TheWrap has learned.

In a memo to staff, obtained by TheWrap, THR digital general manger Dan Strauss announced Lee has already taken over the digital division and has contributed to THR.com's coverage of the Golden Globes and Sundance Film Festival. Lee is reporting directly to Strauss.

THR has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

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Lee was the former New York bureau manager of TMZ before joining PMC's celebrity gossip site HollywoodLife.com in 2009 as the executive editor under president and editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller.

Lee's hiring follows Janice Min's recent promotion at Guggenheim Media to co-president and chief creative officer, a role which expands her duties to additional editorial oversight of Billboard, THR's sister music publication.

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Coincidentally, Min and Fuller share a history from Us Weekly Magazine. Then editor-in-chief Fuller hired Min from Time Inc. to serve as executive editor before Fuller departed to head Star Magazine, and Min was elevated to editor of Us Weekly.

Read the full THR staff memo below:

Dear Staff:

I am writing to tell you some great news: Will Lee, whom many of you have had the pleasure of meeting, is now leading the digital editorial charge for THR.com, reporting into me. He recently helped spearhead a very successful THR.com presence at Sundance, right on the heels of his work on Golden Globes weekend. We’ll have separate meetings over the next several days to discuss workflow and operational changes to help streamline our processes so we can significantly amplify our amazing content. Separately, I'd like to thank Chris Krewson for his work here, and wish him well in his next endeavors.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Thank you,
Dan

GM, Digital
The Hollywood Reporter

  • Bleh

    THR seemed to take a bit of a seedy and pandering turn just recently. Perhaps this recent TMZ influence is why. That's a shame.

  • dbk

    Will Lee rules!

  • JR

    Will Lee is as sharp as they come. This is a great hire!