Former Variety editor Caranicas dies at 80

Peter Caranicas, a Variety editor for 16 years who was respected for his expertise in production and technology, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 80. Pat Saperstein of Variety reports, “Caranicas covered film and TV production, the birth of cable and satellite TV and much more over his long career as […]

Variety promotes Seo to social media editor

Variety has promoted Rachel Seo to social media editor. A story on its website states, “Seo joined Variety in July 2022 after working in event marketing for ViacomCBS’ VidCon live media division. She’s been a pillar of the team that has boosted Variety‘s social media footprint to more than 12 million total followers as of this month across TikTok, X, […]

Variety promotes Spangler to business editor

Variety has named Todd Spangler its business editor. William Earl writes that Spangler will oversee “coverage of corporate and financial news, mergers and acquisitions and other deal activity for media and entertainment’s largest conglomerates. “Spangler will also continue to drive Variety‘s coverage of digital media and Silicon Valley tech giants. Based in New York, Spangler is a […]

Variety hires Giardina as senior entertainment tech and crafts editor

Carolyn Giardina has been hired by Variety as senior entertainment technology and crafts editor. William Earl of Variety writes, “Giardina has devoted her career to covering the art and science of entertainment and brings to her new role a wealth of knowledge of entertainment technology and the creative arts, as well as film history. She […]

Variety promotes Stephan to film reporter

Katcy Stephan has been promoted to film reporter at entertainment industry publication Variety. William Earl of Variety writes, “Stephan joined Variety in 2021 as social media editor. Under her leadership, Variety’s cumulative social footprint across major platforms has nearly doubled, reaching 12 million total followers as of this month across TikTok, X, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms. “With her […]

Ravindran departs Variety for The Ankler

Variety executive editor of international Manori Ravindran has left to become London correspondent for The Ankler. She had been in the Variety role since June 2022. Ravindran joined Variety in 2020 as international editor. Covering both film and television, she broke industry news and contributed to investigative stories out of international. Ravindran was previously editor of […]

CNN hires Variety’s Wagmeister to cover entertainment

CNN has hired Variety chief correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister as a correspondent covering entertainment based in Los Angeles. At Variety, Wagmeister balanced roles as a broadcaster, writer and reporter. During her tenure there, Wagmeister wrote cover stories on the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kelly Ripa and Olivia Wilde. She also led Variety’s coverage of the Harvey Weinstein trial and […]

Variety chief correspondent Wagmeister is departing

Elizabeth Wagmeister, chief correspondent at Variety, is leaving the publication for a new opportunity. “Thank you to my colleagues for teaching me every day,” said Wagmeister in a note to her co-workers. “You have all become family.” Wagmeister covered breaking news in the entertainment industry on all multimedia platforms, as well as longform investigations and write […]

Penske’s entertainment industry pubs are struggling

Max Tani of Semafor examines the struggles of Jay Penske’s entertainment industry publications The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Billboard and Variety. Tani writes, “One person with knowledge told Semafor that THR missed its first quarter revenue goals by at least 20%. The misses have forced cost-cutting measures: THR decided not to do its ‘Most Powerful People in […]

How the strike is exposing entertainment industry publications

Katharine Trendacosta of Defector writes about how the entertainment industry publications are being exposed during the writers’ and actor’s strikes. Trendacosta writes, “While it has always a bit of an open secret that the Hollywood trade publications can be little more than studio public relations, the strike has absolutely shattered their credibility. This tension has always […]