Syracuse grad rises to o'see entertainment trade

Michael Speier has been named managing editor of Variety and Daily Variety, it was announced by editor-in chief Peter Bart.

Prior to this promotion, Speier had oversight of Special Reports. In that capacity he developed several new sections for the paper and presided over expanded Oscar coverage.

Before taking over Specials, he served as assistant managing editor in charge of Daily Variety Gotham and was also a contributing television critic.

Speier joined Variety in 1997 from Millimeter Magazine. A graduate of Syracuse University, Speier grew up in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Michiko, have two children.

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