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Variety rejigs senior biz management

Gott gets gig as publisher

Brian Gott has been tapped publisher of Variety in a restructuring of senior management that sees four other execs being promoted.

Linda Buckley-Bruno has been boosted to publishing director for the Variety Group.

The announcement was made by Neil Stiles, who retains the title of Variety Group president while relinquishing the title of publisher.

In his new role, Gott will handle day-to-day management of licensing, strategic partnerships, brand extension and new product development, among other areas. He was most recently VP-associate publisher.

Buckley-Bruno will look after the global sales operations for Daily Variety, weekly Variety and Variety.com, in addition to the Home Entertainment Group, for Variety‘s parent company, Reed Business Information. She joined Reed Business in 1991 and was most recently group publisher of HEG.

Variety has a very aggressive new product development plan for the next two years,” Stiles said. “These appointments at the top of our company give everyone the bandwidth to execute their ideas more effectively and faster. I am especially delighted to be able to promote Brian and Linda, two very talented executives. I am handing the role of publisher to Brian in order to focus more of my attention on longer-term planning.”

In addition, Michelle Sobrino-Stearns will assume the role of VP-associate publisher for Variety, while Kimberley Gebbett has been promoted to director of marketing for the Variety Group.

With Buckley-Bruno taking on increased responsibility at Variety, Marcy Magiera will take the role of editorial director for the Home Entertainment Group. She will also be promoted to associate publisher of Video Business.

Sobrino-Stearns will manage the daily sales operations for all Variety products. In addition, she will continue to oversee the development and programming of Variety‘s slate of print and online features, as well as custom-publishing efforts.

“Michelle is an exceptional talent,” Gott said. “Her understanding of the changing landscape of our industry, coupled with an intense knowledge of our marketplace, makes her ideal to step into this role.”

Gebbett will manage research, branding, events and audience development efforts. She joined Variety last year from Reed Business U.K., where she worked for six years across a number of portfolios.

“Kimberley brings a fresh and unique perspective to the Variety Group’s marketing efforts,” Gott said. “Her strategic insight is second to none, and we expect Kimberley will bring a new and powerful voice to our suite of products.”

Since joining Variety in 1999, Gott has held positions as sales director, managing director of features and VP-associate publisher. He and his wife, Audra Gott, an occupational therapist, have two children, Joseph and Emma. Prior to Variety, he was at 20th Century Fox TV.

Buckley-Bruno joined the company with Variety sister publication Video Business. In April, she was boosted to publisher of HEG, which encompasses Video Business, Trade Show Week and 411. While there, she proved innovative at reinventing the publications in a rapidly changing environment. She is married to real-estate appraiser Jeff Bruno, and they have two sons, Jagger and Jake.

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