A realignment of responsibilities involving two top Daily Variety editors was announced by Peter Bart, vice president and editor-in-chief. Jonathan Taylor has been named executive editor in charge of Daily Variety’s growing Internet and e-business activities, including the imminent relaunch of the greatly expanded Variety.com, and other projects in active development. Taylor will also supervise Daily Variety’s burgeoning special reports program. Steven Gaydos, former managing editor in charge of special reports, has been promoted to executive editor and will share responsibilities with Elizabeth Guider, also an executive editor, for managing news coverage for Variety, Daily Variety and Daily Variety’s Gotham edition. The three executive editors also will be responsible for the 100-person news staff serving those newspapers.
Taylor has been with Daily Variety for 7-1/2 years, and prior to that was entertainment editor for the Los Angeles Daily News. Gaydos has headed special reports for six years and before that was an editor at the Los Angeles Reader and the Hollywood Reporter, and prior to that he was a screenwriter. Guider, who has been with Variety for 12 years, continues as executive editor, with special focus on Daily Variety’s overseas staff and television coverage as well as the operations of Variety. Timothy M. Gray and Todd Cunningham continue as managing editors, with Gray focusing on Variety and Cunningham on Daily Variety.
New media expansion
“Variety’s expansion in the new media and in the area of special reports is so pivotal to our growth that it requires the full-time focus of an experienced and thoughtful editor such as Jonathan Taylor,” Bart said.
“At the same time, Steven Gaydos, with his many associations in the creative community, will provide new leadership for our newspapers.”
In his new position, Taylor will also be working with Variety.com general manager Chris D’Angelo in overseeing a major editorial relaunch of Variety’s Internet activities. “I find the opportunity to be involved in this vital new area of Variety’s activities an irresistible challenge,” Taylor said.