Veteran editor and writer Trish Deitch has joined Variety in the new position of copy chief. She will be based in the company’s Los Angeles offices.

Deitch — most recently a theater critic for the Goings on About Town section of The New Yorker and a freelance writer for O, Elle, Premiere, GQ US and other publications — will work closely with Variety’s team of editors to ensure that the magazine’s content is accurate, easily understood and maintains a consistent, vibrant voice.

“Trish is a brilliant editor and a sharp and colorful writer. Her years of experience at leading publications will help bring a fresh, modern perspective to Variety while ensuring that the magazine maintains its trustworthy role in its coverage of the entertainment and media industries,” said managing editor Carolyn Horwitz.

In her two stints at The New Yorker, Deitch served as a fiction reader, fiction manager, copy editor, blogs editor and web producer. Over the years she has also held key posts at the New York Review of Books, GQ, Entertainment Weekly and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Additionally, Deitch has considerable experience in the film world, working as a story editor for Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Enterprises and as a freelance story analyst for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

“I’m looking forward to feeling the beating of the heart of Hollywood at Variety,” Deitch says. “I’m excited.”

Deitch grew up in New York and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College.