Variety executive editor Birnbaum leaving for Amazon
Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum will be leaving her post of four and a half years to join Amazon as director of awards.
A story on the Variety website states, “Her last day at Variety will be Nov. 23.
“Birnbaum has led Variety’s TV team and coverage since joining the news organization in 2014, serving both as editor and writer of some of the publication’s strongest cover stories, including her recent profile of Robin Wright and her takeover of ‘House of Cards.’
“Along with her many newsroom and managerial duties, Birnbaum has overseen Variety’s annual TV awards coverage and gold standard Emmy standalones. She has also moderated numerous industry panels with top talent and led the charge on Variety’s award-winning TV Actors on Actors series.
“‘We will sorely miss Debra and all of the enormous contributions she has made to our organization — both from an editorial and business perspective,’ says Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein, Variety’s co-editors-in chief.”
Read more here.