Longtime Hollywood correspondent Bernard Weinraub will retire from the New York Times at the end of the year to pursue his own writing.
Weinraub flew to Gotham on Thursday to inform Times exec editor Bill Keller and culture editor Jon Landman of his decision, which he said has nothing to do with the paper’s sweeping reorganization of its arts and cultural coverage.
“I’ve been at the paper a long, long time. I really wanted to do some other things and embark on something new,” said Weinraub, adding that this new path doesn’t include writing screenplays.
Weinraub, who joined the Gray Lady in the early 1960s after serving in the U.S. Army, arrived at the paper’s Los Angeles bureau in 1991.
After his marriage in the mid-’90s to movie exec Amy Pascal, who eventually became chair of Columbia Pictures, Weinraub’s duties were shifted from film to television and the entertainment biz in general.
Weinraub’s official title is now senior West Coast culture correspondent.
His exit notice comes on the eve of two additions covering Hollywood for the paper. On Aug. 2, former L.A. Times movie critic Manohla Dargis joins the New York Times as chief West Coast movie critic and will share the title of chief film critic with the Gotham-based A.O. Scott. In another raid, the New York Times recently tapped L.A. Times business editor and writer Michael Cieply to serve as movie editor. Cieply will join the New York paper in September.
Sharon Waxman and Laura Holson, who are also based in L.A., continue to cover the entertainment beat for the New York Times.
Landman has told staffers the paper will look to hire a replacement for Weinraub.