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Variety Recommits to Film Criticism

Not too long ago, Hollywood pundits were interpreting the hiring of New York-based Scott Foundas by Variety as a major sleight to the publication’s two other film critics, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge. Time to reverse that punditry.

Variety Studio At Chivas House - Day 1 - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Per an announcement in the trade today, Chang and Debruge have been raised to Foundas’ “chief” tier. Fellow chief film critic Chang will remain based in Los Angeles while chief international film critic Debruge will work from a Paris base:

“We are aggressively stepping up our efforts in film criticism, which has been a hallmark of Variety for many decades,” said Jay Penske, chief executive officer of parent Penske Media Corporation. “We will continue to be the dominant force in this significant arena as we expand our voice in every key territory overseas.”

Film editor-in-chief Claudia Eller added: “This team’s individual and collective critical thinking and astuteness about movies and their impact on popular culture is unprecedented.”

Chang has been at Variety the longest (2004). And yes, just in case you’re wondering, this is not going to make Nikki Finke any happier.

[Pictured (l to r): Chang, Debruge, Foundas]

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