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Shoot the messenger: Bob Shaye

In honor of our 100th birthday, Variety invited Bob Shaye (co-CEO, New Line) to talk back about his coverage in the ‘bible of showbiz.’

What do you think of our writing style?

“I think some of your competition is even trying to copy it because they realize that the old Hollywood phrase ‘lighten up’ is really important in the movie business.”

Have we gotten anything wrong where your coverage is concerned?

“Sometimes I’ve had the impression there was a tendency to glorify unglorious moments in other companies’ accomplishments. Some of the great things New Line has done have been given short shrift by Variety.”

So does Variety play favorites, in your estimation?

“Yeah … but New Line has never been a darling of anybody, so I’m kind of used to it.”

Have we scooped your news and affected a deal?

“I do believe there have been times when we asked that (Variety) hold stories. I don’t think we’ve gotten full cooperation in that regard. On the other hand, they are supposed to be independent. I don’t know how I feel about a request to a news source asking them to hold a story for a while — it’s not national security.”

What are Variety‘s strengths?

“The industry would be a more confusing and less orderly place without it. Most of the reporting is evenhanded and reasonably accurate. One should take some of their stuff with a grain of salt, that’s all.”

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