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New Editor In Chief At Variety

vari222.jpgPeter Bart, Variety’s editor in chief of 20 years, has been replaced by deputy editor Tim Gray. The article on the Variety website says Bart is being promoted. Nikki Finke has a different take:

Bart’s new title is “vice president and editorial director of Variety”, but it’s meaningless. He and the company are playing this like it’s voluntary, but Peter has been pushed “essentially up and out” of the newsroom, as one of my sources puts it. But he’ll be allowed to continue as the “face” of Variety in public — which is something Bart cares a lot about. His column and blog will continue.

Bart Becomes A Softie Re: Will Smith

asmith2.jpgVariety editor Peter Bart, who has had his share of those nasty little “Memo to” columns over the years has certainly turned his naysaying around with the latest.

Suddenly, Bart is puckering up and smacking one on Will Smith‘s very wealthy behind.

Whether Smith actually needs such accolades is a question for the ages. But his movie “Seven Pounds” isn’t exactly tearing ‘em up at the box office.

Maybe it’ll help.

BondSt Wants To Become DJ Home To Writers At-Large

bondst.jpgSally Horchow, the lifestyle writer for the New York Times and Town & Country, took on a new exploratory lifestyle as a DJ at the oh so swinging Beverly Hills restaurant and club (?), BondSt.

Publicist Henry Eshelman reports:

“Ok, so far so good. Sally Horchow’s ‘Guests on the Decks’ night at BondSt Lounge was remarkable, in both her motivational musical selections and frankly, her rapid mastery of the DJ software under battle conditions. The bar was still quite busy at 11 p.m. and Sally had to be coaxed away from the turntables.

So we’re going to make it official: most Tuesdays starting Dec. 2, we’re back at BondSt. with personalities of note. The next personality is Darren Gold.

Darren’s been a filmmaker; a fashion designer, a technologist, and now he’s co-founded Alpha, a “go-to” store for men on Melrose. I guess that makes him a 21st Century haberdasher.”

We’re still waiting for a smackdown in DJ booth between Variety’s Peter Bart and Hollywood Reporter’s Elizabeth Guider.

Variety At Least Can Laugh At Itself

variety.jpgVariety, the long-standing Hollywood trade that never likes to admit it is a trade, at least admitted being amused by a colorful vid produced by Will Ferrell‘s funnyordie.com circulating the Internet. The paper actually published the vid and seemed to encourage people to take a look. If you haven’t seen it yet, be FBLA’s guest.

In the video, an internal Variety news meeting sounds a tad like Peter Bart‘s weekly sitdowns. But this art only imitates this life to a small degree. As someone who lived through them for more than a decade, Peter’s tirades are much more colorful.

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Bart Lauds Sony’s Stringer But Wonders How

Variety Editor Peter Bart unleashes on Sony Corp. chairman Howard Stringer in his column last Fridaystringer2.jpg.

Bart points out that Fox top dog Peter Chernin is about to sign another deal atop News Corp. He notes that 66-year-old Stringer is quietly signing on for three more years. So much for mandatory retirement. He also marvels at Stringer’s ability to continue existence as a non-Japanese Yank-Brit-Welshman.

While Bart wonders how Stringer can maintain, the executive was more than present cutting deals up at Sun Valley with Sony CFO Rob Wiesenthal last July. He seemed to have no intent of retiring, regardless of Bart’s posture.

Peter Bart, Ever the Luddite, Gives Bloggers Their Due

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Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart has long been known — and quite proud of the fact — that he was a luddite. He hand-writes notes. He rarely uses a cell phone And it’s only in the last few years that he stopped writing his weekly Variety columns on a TYPEWRITER.

To his credit, however, Bart is finally seeing light in the blogosphere.

Like a reformed smoker or a religious zealot, Bart in his most recent column, sings the praises of blogo-mania and explains why movie and TV executives and the like are going to have to learn this blog-speak to keep ahead of the news. As Bart puts it “Snooze Or You Lose When It Comes to the News.”

Nice to be noticed.

Madelyn Hammond Rejoins Variety

hammond_madelyn.jpg Variety Entertainment Group announced a new job — and a former hire. Former Associate Publisher of Variety, Madelyn Hammond, has been plucked to become Variety’s Chief Marketing Officer, a position the company has never had.

The press release explains it all:

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THR Loses Another Staffer to Variety: Tatiana Siegel

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The Hollywood Reporter recently recruited Elizabeth Guider from Daily Variety to be the trade paper’s new editor-in-chief, but this week Variety struck back and snagged yet another of THR‘s staffers. This time, it’s film reporter Tatiana Siegel who is making the move down Wilshire Boulevard to join Var’s team.

On staff, she joins her former THR colleagues Cynthia Littleton and Anne Thompson who left earlier this year to take senior posts at Variety. She’ll likely work closely with vet film writer Thompson as well as Dana Harris , another former THR staffer who left for Variety years ago, who is editor of Variety.com and has a larger role in film coverage working under paper topper Peter Bart.

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Variety as Consumer Advocate– Style Sheriffs Still in Town?

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Will the new editor of Variety’s Stylephile, Laura Repstad, continue the blog’s retail vigilante posse? Or will she stop letting the Style Sheriffs blackmail retail outlets?

Style Sheriffs Thank BCBG
You may recall that a reader recently engaged the Style Sheriffs to settle a dispute with BCBG. In short, she bought a dress for $303.10(with tax) that was damaged before she wore it and had no luck with a local L.A. BCBG store in getting sympathy or store credit. Well, we approached BCBG and demanded some answers. The company quickly apologized, ponied up the store credit and even threw in a $50 gift certificate to make nice. More importantly, they investigated why it happened and assured us that customer service is important to them.
Now, that’s what we call justice. Retail should never be a wild, wild west. But when it gets ugly, our guns talk business.

Or will Peter Bart expand this service into the stratosphere of Hollywood deal-making? We’d settle for getting our money back from any of these.

Robbed At The Mirror Awards

logo_mirror_awards.gifAndersen, Auletta, Kurtz also shut out

The first annual Mirror Awards were presented at a Meredith Vieira-hosted luncheon today at the W hotel in Midtown, and our mediabistro.com mothership — a finalist in the media information services category — lost to HealthNewsReview.org. In other words, we were robbed.

Still, we weren’t the only overwhelming favorite among the 23 finalists to go home empty-handed. New York Times media man David Carr won for best column, upsetting his former boss Kurt Andersen (“Kurt plucked me off a turnip truck when I got to New York”) and Washington Post media guy Howard Kurtz, who was 0-for-2. Kurtz’s CNN show, Reliable Sources, lost to the American Journalism Review for overall excellence.

The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, praised for his profile of CNN’s Lou Dobbs, watched the best article award go to New York magazine’s Phillip Weiss for his profile of Craig Newmark, craigslist’s lovable nerd.

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