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Hollywood Reporter editor joins digital media startup

May 16, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Matthew Belloni

Former Hollywood Reporter editorial director Matthew Belloni has joined a venture capital-backed digital media startup as a founding partner.

Alex Weprin of The Reporter reports, “The still-unnamed digital media startup is co-founded by former Vanity Fair editor Jon Kelly, Vox Media and Luminary veteran Joe Purzycki, The Athletic alum Max Tcheya, and Conde Nast veteran Liz Gough, and counts TPG and 40 North Media among its investors. It has raised $7 million so far in Series A financing.

“The startup plans to focus its editorial coverage on the nexus of power and influence in a few key sectors: Finance, technology, politics, and entertainment. Belloni will help launch its coverage of entertainment, starting with an invite-only email newsletter. The New York Times previously reported that the startup was in talks with former Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery about a role covering politics.

“The company is currently focused on building out a subscription-based business, built around newsletters, premium content, podcasts, and events, though it also said to be pursuing some premium sponsorships.”

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