For the past 11 years as film and television editor at Backstage, the oldest and leading publication covering the acting profession, Riley wrote, assigned and edited profiles, articles and feature sections blanketing all aspects of the performing arts.
In addition, Riley created Backstage’s screening and Q&A series, moderated panels and led the charge in partnering with the SAG Foundation to stream events online. She also wrote a blog for film awards coverage, provided written and video coverage of awards trends, and oversaw several special editions of Backstage. Riley will report to deputy features editor Peter Caranicas at Variety, where she will concentrate primarily on Variety’s more than 300 feature sections, show dailies, standalone editions and nearly 50 industry events created and supervised annually by the features team.
“We are proud to have a person of Jenelle’s caliber, relationships and background join our editorial team,” said Steven Gaydos, Variety vice president and executive editor. “Her deep knowledge of the business and her longtime creative partnerships with major industry players further bolsters Variety’s role as the leading source of entertainment business news and information.”