Los Angeles-based journalist and screenwriter

Seth Abramovitch, Los Angeles-based journalist and screenwriter

Born in Montreal, Seth has been based in LA since 2001 and has 20 years of experience working in print, web and television.

In 2012, he joined The Hollywood Reporter as the deputy editor of its website, and was promoted to senior writer at the magazine the following year.

During his time at THR, he has tracked down Oscar's infamous Snow White, conducted a prison interview with boy band svengali Lou Pearlman and written cover profiles of Ellen Page and Elizabeth Banks.

Seth Abramovitch

Los Angeles-based journalist and screenwriter

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The Hollywood Reporter

A Breath of Fresh Ari

Salary wars! Porn stars! Broken bones! Seth goes deep for this amusing look at the making of the Entourage movie.

2015-05-29

2015-05-29
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Seth takes on members of Kansas' anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed outside Hollywood Reporter offices the morning after the Oscars. The results are not what you might expect.

Westboro Baptist Church Comes to THR

2015-02-23

2015-02-23

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For the Hollywood Reporter's 168-page Oscars 2015 issue, Seth wrote about the heyday and heartache of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win the Academy Award for 1939's Gone With the Wind.

Oscar's First Black Winner Accepted Her Honor in a Segregated 'No Blacks' Hotel in L.A.

2015-02-19

2015-02-19
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This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

On a February afternoon in 1940, Hattie McDaniel — then one of the biggest African-American movie stars in the world — marched into the Culver City offices of producer David O. Selznick and placed a stack of Gone With the Wind reviews on his desk. The Civil War epic, released two months earlier, had become an instant cultural sensation, and McDaniel's portrayal of Mammy — the head slave at Tara, the film's fictional Southern plantation — was being singled out by both white and African-American critics as extraordinary. The Los Angeles Times even praised her work as "worthy of Academy supporting awards." Selznick took the hint and submitted the 44-year-old for a nomination in the best supporting actress category, along with her co-star, Olivia de Havilland, contributing to the film's record-setting 13 noms.

“Every picture and every line, it belonged to Hattie. She knew she was supposed to be subservient, but she never delivered a subservient line,” says MaBel Collins (center), 77, partner of Edgar Goff, McDaniel’s grandnephew. McDaniel’s descendants were photographed Feb. 13 at The Culver Studios in Culver City, a few yards from Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick’s former offices and where most of the movie was filmed.

The 12th Academy Awards were held at the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub in The Ambassador Hotel. McDaniel arrived in a rhinestone-studded turquoise gown with white gardenias in her hair. (Seventy years later in 2010, a blue-gown– and white-gardenia–clad Mo'Nique, one of 11 black actors to win Academy Awards since, was the only one to pay homage to McDaniel while accepting her best supporting actress Oscar for Lee Daniels' Precious.) McDaniel then was escorted, not to the Gone With the Wind table — where Selznick sat with de Havilland and his two Oscar-nominated leads, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable — but to a small table set against a far wall, where she took a seat with her escort, F.P. Yober, and her white agent, William Meiklejohn. With the hotel's strict no-blacks policy, Selznick had to call in a special favor just to have McDaniel allowed into the building (it was officially integrated by 1959, when the Unruh Civil Rights Act outlawed racial discrimination in California).

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

For the Hollywood Reporter's special Golden Globes Issue, Seth tracks down Pia Zadora – the most controversial winner in history – for a revealing interview.

Golden Globes: Pia Zadora Defends Controversial Win

2015-01-08

2015-01-08
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Seth sits down with Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden and director Rob Marshall for a Hollywood Reporter cover story on the making of Disney's Into the Woods.

The Dark Path to Disney's 'Into the Woods'

2014-11-06

2014-11-06
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A story on how real clowns are protesting their depiction as psycho killers on American Horror Story: Freak Show gets wide pick-up by outlets like The New York Times, Salon, Drudge Report and Huffington Post.

Professional Clown Club Attacks 'American Horror Story'

2014-10-15

2014-10-15
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A look at how millennials are changing what it means to be a Hollywood assistant.

Hollywood's New Era of Millennial Assistants

2014-11-06

2014-11-06
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Rocker faces off with developers in Sunset Junction.

Flea and the Battle for L.A.'s Coolest Corner

2014-09-10

2014-09-10
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Seth delves into the latest (and craziest) scientific methods Hollywood is using to live longer, including subjecting his body to temperatures as low as -220 degrees fahrenheit. As featured on The Drudge Report.

How to Live Forever

2014-09-10

2014-09-10
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The Hollywood Reporter

In a new investigative feature in The Hollywood Reporter's Philanthropy Issue, Seth reveals how in the 1990s, Dr. Henry Heimlich – inventor of the famous choking maneuver – convinced major Hollywood stars like Jack Nicholson and Ron Howard to fund dangerous human experiments in China. His theory? That malaria could cure AIDS.

Dr. Heimlich

2014-08-14

2014-08-14
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The Hollywood Reporter

Seth profiles David Kopay, a Washington Redskins running back who scandalized the world when he announced that he was gay back in 1975. Kopay, who is 72 and currently lives in Los Angeles, opens up about his secret affair with a star teammate and his thoughts on Michael Sam's draft-day kiss.

David Kopay, NFL's First Gay Star

2014-07-25

2014-07-25
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Fox Soccer

Chika: Salvation in Soccer

2014-06-19

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Billboard / thr

Lou Pearlman Clings to His Boy-Band Dreams

2014-01-24

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The Hollywood Reporter

David Lynch / Transcendental Meditation

2014-01-17

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Joel McHale / Watches

2013-11-27

2013-11-27
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My big gay Hollywood wedding

2013-08-16

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The Hollywood Reporter

Sinful Synergy: How the Cronut Seduced America

2013-07-15

2013-07-15
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L.A.'s Comedy Scene

2013-05-10

2013-05-10
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