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Leo Wolinsky named editor of Daily Variety

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The 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times will oversee the print editions of the Hollywood trade newspaper and its sibling in New York.

December 09, 2009|By Ben Fritz

Leo Wolinsky, a former top editor at the Los Angeles Times, has been named editor of Daily Variety, a Hollywood business publication.

Before leaving the paper last year, Wolinsky worked at The Times for 31 years in various senior positions, including executive editor and managing editor. He was part of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams that covered the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994. In 2008 he served as associate editor in charge of features and entertainment for seven months, his only previous experience covering the show-business world.

In his new role, which starts in January, Wolinsky will oversee the print versions of Daily Variety and its sibling New York publication, Daily Variety Gotham. He will report to Tim Gray, group editor of Variety, who was promoted to the job in the spring when former Editor in Chief Peter Bart, who still writes for the paper, stepped aside.

Brian Gott, publisher of Variety, said Wolinsky would be part of a trio of editors reporting to Gray in a new structure. The paper is considering external and internal candidates to oversee its weekly and online versions.

Variety's parent company, Reed Elsevier, unsuccessfully tried to sell the 104-year-old trade newspaper and its other publications last year. It recently sold industry magazines Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News and tech magazine Twice to NewBay Media, a trade publishing group in New York. Variety, Gott said, is no longer for sale.

ben.fritz@latimes.com

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