Entertainment journalist Brent Lang has joined Variety as a Senior Film and Media Reporter in New York. He will cover all aspects of the movie business as well as other media, breaking news stories and writing features for Variety.com and the weekly magazine.
Lang will report to Claudia Eller, Editor-in-Chief, Film, and will work closely with Variety’s team of reporters worldwide. Lang, who maintains strong relationships with top executives and talent throughout the Hollywood community and financial sources on Wall Street, will also contribute to Variety.com’s video interviews and appear on major news outlets to discuss industry issues.
“I have been an avid fan of Brent’s work for some time and am thrilled that he will be joining us,” said Eller. “Brent brings a deep knowledge of the movie business and keen analysis to all of the stories he produces.”
For the past 4½ years, Lang worked as a senior reporter at TheWrap.com, covering film, television, theater and other aspects of media.
At TheWrap, he broke stories on the collapse of Oscar-winning visual-effects studio Rhythm & Hues; the true cost of the “Twilight” franchise; tensions between Hollywood studios and Chinese film authorities; and the process that major studios undergo before greenlighting movies.
Lang said he is looking forward to joining the Variety team on May 12.
“I’ve read Variety since I was a film-obsessed teenager,” he said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to join a publication with such a rich legacy.”
Among his various accolades, Lang was the winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Press Club entertainment journalism award for co-writing a feature/series, “Surviving the New Hollywood.”
His past journalism endeavors include writing news and feature stories that appeared in Forbes Magazine, Forbes.com and the Providence Journal, in addition to CBSNews.com.
He is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University School of Journalism.