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Posts Tagged ‘Leo Wolinsky’

Daily Variety Dumps Editor

Leo Wolinsky has been let go as editor of the Daily Variety after only 10 months on the job. Before coming to Variety, he worked at the LA Times for over three decades. The hiring of Wolinsky by the struggling Hollywood trade was seen as an effort to bring a hard news credibility … Oh, who are we kidding. Nikki Finke‘s version of the Wolinsky tale is so much more interesting than our own:

As I wrote back on December 8th, why in the world would that newspaper’s errand boy be named editor of Daily Variety (both the LA and NY editions) because the guy knew nothing about the entertainment biz… He was long considered a joke at the LA Times and infamous for secretly helping wrangle billionaire potential local backers like Eli Broad, Ron Burkle, Richard Riordan, and David Geffen when then bigwig editors were fighting with Tribune Co. (Finke/LA Weekly: Baquet’s Billionaire Boys Club). He briefly sat atop the LA Times‘ entertainment and feature sections as a seat-filler until he was let go. Nevertheless, Wolinsky was made responsible for all Variety editorial content for the print edition and began January 2010 reporting to Variety Group editor Tim Gray.

If memory serves, that LA Weekly story of Nikki’s won an award or two.

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Russ Stanton: ‘Leo and I did not agree’

wolisnky_leo.jpgThe LAT Readers’ Representative Blog posted Russ Stanton‘s memo about longtime vet Leo Wolinsky‘s depature, saying:

“In the months since, I became convinced that the organizational structure which has prevailed in Features for several decades needed to change, so that our coverage in this multimedia world could improve and evolve. It is fair to say that Leo and I did not agree on the best way to accomplish this, leading to the difficult decision that he will be leaving The Times.”

UPDATE: L.A. Times Lays Off 75 Staffers

As we reported earlier, staffers at the L.A. Times were readying themselves for an announcement of another round of layoffs, this one targeting 75 employees.

Well that announcement has come, and the names are starting to trickle out.

L.A. Observed reports that one of the people leaving the Times is veteran Leo Wolinsky.