Veteran journo to oversee editorial operations for Peacock

Variety’s Stuart Levine is joining NBC Entertainment as veep of editorial and media relations.

Levine will lead editorial efforts for the Peacock, penning and editing press materials, spearheading media relations initiatives and working closely on publicity regarding ratings. He’ll also be involved in corporate communications. He’ll report to Rebecca Marks, exec veep of publicity, and Nate Kirtman, senior veep of corporate public relations.

“As a respected television journalist who has reported on every aspect of our business, Stu brings the perfect combination of writing and editorial expertise and a strategic understanding of the entertainment business that will elevate our communications and publicity efforts as NBC continues to build the Peacock brand in an increasingly competitive media landscape,” said Richard Licata, NBC’s exec veep of publicity.

Levine has been with Variety since 1998, most recently serving as managing editor of television and features. He’s been an instrumental part of news coverage and the VPlus features operation — spearheading Emmy coverage and such franchises as the annual 10 Actors to Watch Report, 10 Scribes to Watch, Reality Impact Report and Showrunners Impact Report.

“We’re grateful for the 15 years Stu has devoted to Variety and for all his hard work,” said Jay Penske, CEO of Variety parent Penske Media Corp. “We will be announcing two senior TV hires in the next few weeks as part of the evolution of the business. We wish Stu every success in this new chapter of his career.”

Before joining Variety, Levine spent 14 years as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Daily News.

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