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Former Variety Party Animal Higgins Heads to the Reporter

Longtime party and philanthropy reporter switches sides to Janice Min’s Hollywood trade pub

Bill Higgins, who covered the party and philanthropy scenes for Variety for the last 11 years, has moved to the Hollywood Reporter.

Higgins started at the Reporter earlier in the week, and his first story will run on Friday.

He'll continue to report on issues relating to Hollywood philanthropy and festivities.

Higgins (pictured right in a photo obtained from Thompson on Hollywood) continued to work as a freelancer for Variety in recent months as the paper downsized staff, but his assignments became more and more sporadic.

One Variety staffer described the loss of the longtime correspondent as inconsequential to the trade, since Higgins wasn't being used much anyway. 

Regardless, Variety continues to have to compete with the parts it dispatches.

And the addition of the experienced Higgins — an entertainment reporter for the L.A. Herald Examiner in the 1980s and also a former Los Angeles Times columnist — further adds to a staff that is ramping up under new editor Janice Min.