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Robert Dowling dies; former Hollywood Reporter publisher was 83 – Deadline

Robert Joseph “Bob” Dowling, the former publisher and editor in chief of The Hollywood Reporter for 17 years, died December 30 after a brief sickness. He was 83.

Born on Long Island in New York on September 16, 1939, Dowling was given up by his start mom and spent his first three years in a collection of foster houses earlier than his last adoption. Dowling believed that the sense of unease this created in him would drive his lifelong capability to instinctively acknowledge motivations and shortly assess conditions.

Dowling was a pure salesman. As he described in his 2019 memoir “My Life…and then some,” promoting turned second nature to him on account of his capability to empathize with these on the opposite facet of the deal.

He entered journal publishing in his 20s and have become editor and publisher of quite a lot of publications, together with American Druggist, High-Tech Marketing, Menswear and Sports Marketing News. As he was the primary to confess, he knew little in regards to the trade he was overlaying on the time. “I was always launching something or improving something,” he as soon as stated.

Dowling joined The Hollywood Reporter in September 1988 as president earlier than being named publisher and editor in chief of what was understood to be the distant second showbiz commerce on the town after Daily Variety. He moved his household from Westport, Connecticut to Los Angeles to take the position regardless of having no expertise in leisure and nil understanding of how the business labored.

Dowling threw himself into the job by taking appointments with leaders from movie, tv, music and reside leisure in his first year on the job. He educated himself from the within, peppering those that ran issues with countless inquiries to study what they knew.

A collection of improvements, particular editions and occasions spearheaded by Dowling (together with a significant ramping up of worldwide protection) led to The Reporter’s reaching not merely parity with Variety however in lots of respects the notion of surpassing it, each editorially and financially. A publication that had been in pressing want of an overhaul previous to his arrival generated respect over the last decade-plus of his tenure that resulted in 2005.

One of Dowling’s proudest achievements was his push to create a web based presence for The Reporter in 1995 with the creation of THR.com, the primary each day leisure commerce to have its personal such digital web site a full three years earlier than Variety.com was launched. It reinvented THR and continues to serve thousands and thousands of distinctive month-to-month customers.

A second success of which Dowling remained justifiably proud was The Reporter’s particular subject revealed on September 12, 2001, the day after 9/11, when the editors pulled out all of the stops to print a 16-page, ad-free paper produced on the fly in the course of nationwide chaos and devastation. 

Dowling possessed ethical character and integrity, and was universally beloved – particularly by his workers. While working at THR within the late ‘90s, this reporter found he had a closet full of high-priced champagne that he had acquired as presents. After ogling his largess, I got here within the subsequent morning to discover a bottle of Cristal on my desk with a candy word about my efficiency. I’ll always remember him.

Dowling is survived by his beloved spouse of 56 years, Juanita; his three youngsters and their spouses: Rob (Diane) Dowling, Michael (Gia) Dowling and Matthew (Anna) Dowling; his seven grandchildren: PJ, Larissa, Lena, Devan, Ella, Miles and Radley; and his canine Okay.C.

Memorial preparations are pending.

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