Newsweek/Daily Beast alum to cover all aspects of film biz and make regular TV appearances
Setoodeh will also produce videos, webcasts and make regular television appearances on news shows to talk about the film industry. He reports to Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief, film.
Setoodeh joins Variety after spending nine years at Newsweek and two years at the Daily Beast , writing and editing stories about movies, television, books, theater and other sectors of media and entertainment. He covered Hollywood’s award season and co-hosted, along with film critic David Ansen, Newsweek’s annual Oscar nominees roundtable. Setoodeh also made frequent appearances as a guest on CNN, MSNBC and “Today.”
A fearless and industrious journalist, Setoodeh once went undercover and auditioned for “American Idol,” and launched several Web series — one featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Evans candidly discussing their early acting jobs. His 2010 theater review of Sean Hayes in “Promises Promises” went viral, sparking a major debate about gay actors in Hollywood and eliciting responses from such high profile players as Ryan Murphy, Aaron Sorkin and Kristin Chenoweth.
He wrote a 2008 investigative cover story for Newsweek about the brutal murder of a gay seventh grader that inspired the upcoming HBO documentary “Valentine Road.”
“Ramin’s smarts, experience and drive make him a perfect fit for the new Variety and our aggressive coverage of evolving Hollywood for our revitalized website and weekly magazine,” said Eller. “He’s a great addition to our already awesome team. ”
During his career, Setoodeh has also written for U.S. News & World Report, NewYorker.com and the Los Angeles Times. In 2004, as editor-in-chief of Stanford U.’s student newspaper, he was awarded the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl Memorial Internship in Hong Kong, where he launched his journalism career as a foreign correspondent.