‘Hollywood Reporter’ wins at mag awards just after layoffs

The Hollywood Reporter won a big honor at the American Society of Magazine Editors awards just weeks after its top editor was ousted.

The awards, known as the Ellies, were handed out via Zoom on Thursday, and THR won in the category of “general excellence: special interest.” The elephant statuette was awarded to Matt Belloni, who left after reportedly coming under pressure to change and kill stories about allies of the mag’s parent company, Valence Media, which also owns Dick Clark Productions and Media Rights Capital. The award also came after The Post revealed that Valence was slashing more than a third of jobs at THR and sister publication Billboard.

While THR reported on the award, it made no mention of Belloni, and Valence boss Deanna Brown failed to acknowledge the win, we’re told.

A source told us: “A lot of work went into this. Staff are stunned by the silence.”

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