Wilder promoted at Variety

Titles, jobs change in newsroom restructuring

Kirstin Wilder has been promoted to managing editor of Variety , responsible for overseeing production, finances and personnel for the editorial department.

Wilder’s elevation is part of a restructuring of Variety ‘s newsroom that will include other promotions, title changes and a reorganization of the reviews department.

In her new role, Wilder will coordinate editorial needs and concerns with the business side of Variety and with executives at the corporate parent Reed Business and Reed Elsevier. She joined the paper in 1992 and most recently held the title of deputy managing editor.

Steven Gaydos will keep his executive editor title but drop the word “features,” to reflect the fact that he is expanding his duties. Aside from maintaining his stewardship over VPlus, he will contribute to other growing areas at the paper.

Dana Harris has been tapped editor of strategic projects, a new position. Her mandate is to develop special content for Variety.com.

Other new titles include Carole Horst, upped to associate editor; Paula Taylor to creative director; Ted Johnson and Cynthia Littleton, deputy editors; and Terry Flores, senior editor.

Maintaining their titles, but with increased responsibility, are Brian Cochrane and Pat Saperstein.

The moves are a continuation of the restructure that has been going on for several months, with Chris Krewson and Leo Wolinsky having recently joined as respective editors of Variety.com and Daily Variety .

As part of the new newsroom structure, Variety has also eliminated its full-time review staff for Legit and Film. However, Variety is not planning to change the number of reviews it publishes.

“These changes, while difficult, allow us to improve the journalism we are performing across all platforms,” said Variety Group Editor Timothy M. Gray. “We are continually making shifts in the newsroom structure to make things more efficient, and to increase internal communication, and I am happy to salute Kirstin and the others, and to give them titles that more accurately reflect their duties.”

Variety President Neil Stiles added, “While days like this are always difficult, we’re doing what we need to do to shape the future of Variety .”

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