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Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Editorial Director

Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, leading a dynamic team of journalists expertly covering the business of Hollywood, its personalities and its culture across platforms, from its print magazine to its website and video products. Nekesa came to THR after more than two decades of covering entertainment at The Associated Press, including eight years as its Global Entertainment & Lifestyles Editor. There, she managed a multiformat team of dozens of journalists, and oversaw coverage of major entertainment events including the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival and the Grammys. She also interviewed a who’s who of the industry’s top names, from Beyonce to Taylor Swift to Prince, and broke the news of Whitney Houston’s death to the world. Her essays can be found in the anthologies “Where Did Our Love Go: Essays on Love & Relationships in the African American Community” and “An Illustrated History of Women Who Rock.”

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After Taylor Swift, Who Else Could Rock the Box Office Without a Major Studio?

Team Taylor Swift and AMC Theatres caught Hollywood by surprise when doing an end run around the major studios and hiring AMC Theatres to distribute a secret movie chronicling her blockbuster Eras Tour. The concert pic opened to an estimated $95 million to $97 million opening over the Oct. 13-15 weekend in North America, even […]

Women In Film Turns 50 and Is Still “Helping the Next Generation Get Jobs” in Hollywood

A force of nature, Tichi Wilkerson became the publisher and editor of The Hollywood Reporter after her husband, Billy Wilkerson, died in 1962. Yet no matter how prominent her position, the publisher, who was of Mexican heritage, felt isolated professionally from Hollywood with its men’s clubs and associations, according to Mollie Gregory’s 2002 book, Women […]

The Hollywood Reporter’s Sustainability Issue: The Time Is Now

The sustainability movement has made strides in Hollywood, amid warnings about our climate future that have grown more urgent by the day — the most recent coming Monday from U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that there’s a “rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.” In […]

Super Bowl Ad Confirms First U2 Concerts in Four Years to Christen MSG Sphere in Vegas

The MSG Sphere, the soon-to-open Vegas venue that boasts state-of-the-art technology, will open with a series of concerts by an act worthy of the hype: U2. “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at the Sphere” will mark the band’s first live shows in four years, though it will be without Larry Mullens Jr.: The drummer will undergo […]

Howard Bragman, Hollywood Public Relations Giant, Dies at 66

Howard Bragman, a public relations giant who helped guide all-star clients grappling with a dilemma while becoming an expert in crisis PR and a key advocate for LBGTQ rights, has died. He was 66. His death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by a source close to the family. It was also announced by his […]

The Hollywood Reporter Editors’ Picks of 2022

It was an epic year in Hollywood. That’s true in terms of the actual business of entertainment, from the recalibration of streaming wars to the return of some legitimate big-screen hits (not to mention the return of Bob Iger). Just as bold was the drama and scandal surrounding the business, from the worldwide shock of […]

“How Do You Put This Beautiful Story Into This One Tune?”: Finneas, Diane Warren, Joe Jonas and THR’s Songwriter Roundtable

Minutes before The Hollywood Reporter‘s Songwriters Roundtable was scheduled to begin in late November, we were informed that hitmaker Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote original song “Not Alone” with fellow Roundtable participant Joe Jonas for the film Devotion (as well as Top Gun: Maverick‘s “I Ain’t Worried” by his band One Republic), was too sick to […]

Irene Cara, Oscar-Winning Singer and Actress, Dies at 63

Irene Cara, the actress and pop star who won an Oscar and a Grammy for the hit “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from Flashdance and created her own memorable screen moments with films such as Sparkle and Fame, has died, according to her rep. She was 63. Cara died in her Florida home, according to Judith […]

Why Shelli Azoff Missed Her Own Tribute Event in Beverly Hills

It seemed as if everyone was at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 21 to celebrate Irving and Shelli Azoff. Ted Sarandos, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Kris Jenner, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Debbie Allen and Norm Nixon, Rita Wilson and Gwen Stefani feted the couple in person while Judd […]

THR’s Philanthropist of the Year Reed Hastings on Why “It’s Much Easier to Disrupt Entertainment Than Public Education”

Early on in Reed Hastings’ tenure as a board member of the KIPP Foundation, which runs a nationwide network of charter schools designed to help underserved communities thrive, they were faced with a key challenge. In 2011, they received statistics on the college completion rates of their students, and while they were comparable to the […]

The Hollywood Reporter’s Sustainability Issue: Creating Hollywood’s Greener Future

Explore The Hollywood Reporter’s Sustainability Issue: Creating Hollywood’s Greener Future *** The dire situation regarding climate change can lead to inertia when it comes to taking action — that nothing we do can alter the cataclysmic fate that headlines constantly warn about. There’s the study that says we have less than a decade to prevent […]

Oscars: Will Smith Holds Court at Vanity Fair Party After Chris Rock Slap: “It’s Been a Beautiful Night”

Oscar winner Will Smith took a victory lap at the Vanity Fair Oscar party after Sunday’s awards ceremony, dancing to his own hits as wife Jada Pinkett Smith cheered him on and telling The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s been a beautiful night.” Smith seemed unbothered by the drama that happened on the Oscar stage earlier Sunday […]