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March 15, 1987 | John M. Wilson
Outtakes was surprised--no, shocked-- to find the name of novelist, producer ("Islands in the Stream," "Fun With Dick and Jane") and one-time New York Times writer Peter Bart listed as co-producer on "Revenge of the Nerds II (Nerds in Paradise)." Bart was chagrined that we were leveling an investigation, asking nervously, "Am I going to be hoist by my own petard?"
Variety's Art Murphy, who is credited with introducing the movie box office reporting that has become a staple of daily newspapers, is leaving the Hollywood trade publication after nearly 30 years. Murphy notified Variety Editor Peter Bart in writing of his decision to resign as a contributor, effective immediately. Murphy was on vacation and could not be reached for comment, but sources said he had become disillusioned with changes at the trade paper.
August 15, 1992
Having read your article on Variety's editorial director, Peter Bart ("Beyond the 'Patriot Games' Incident at Variety" Aug. 4), we are compelled to take public issue with two of the incorrect statements made by Robert W. Welkos. First, Joseph McBride was not "removed" as reviewer for "A League of Their Own," nor was there any element of punishment with respect to the films that Daily Variety's editors assigned to McBride to review. Interestingly, although the article states that Bart indicated that McBride would not review any more Paramount films, in the next column, one of the films that you acknowledge McBride is to review, "Bebe's Kids," is in fact a Paramount motion picture.
August 16, 1991 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Stephen West, an assistant business editor at the Los Angeles Times, has been named executive editor of Daily Variety, a Los Angeles-based trade newspaper that covers the entertainment industry. Peter Pryor, who has been editor of Daily Variety since 1988, becomes editor-at-large. He will work on special projects. West, whose appointment becomes effective Sept. 9, will be in charge of the news operation at the 25,000-circulation daily owned by Cahners Publishing Co.
August 31, 2003
I was very pleased to see Peter Bart speak for those of us who were there in the 1970s when he opposed the snide, easy posturing of Manohla Dargis (Letters, Aug. 24). I hope my own book of interviews, "Voices From the Set: The Film Heritage Interviews," captured that special age when the Old Guard (Hitch and Hawks) were making their final movies and the New Guard (Scorsese et al) were investing movies with fresh personality and remarkable skill. The interviews were from a Golden Age, a special time.
September 3, 2001
Editor's note: Last week it was announced that Peter Bart would return as editor of Variety after a 21-day suspension and undergoing diversity training. If, as Bob Shayne asserts, the sum total of Peter Bart's personal attributes and his consequent behavior and attitudes make Bart "the conscience of Hollywood" ("Defending 'Conscience of Hollywood,"' Aug. 27), then it certainly explains why the entertainment industry lags behind most other American big business in rooting out racism and the ignorance that perpetuates it. If Bart had been an executive in any other industry (or an editor at a non-entertainment-related publication, for that matter)
April 11, 2000
* Record promotion veteran Nancy Levin has been hired as president of the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Egreetings Network, an Internet site specializing in online greeting cards and invitations. Levin, a former radio program director who ran the record promotion departments at Seagram's MCA, Red Ant and EMI Group's Priority Records, will help San Francisco-based Egreetings license music to bolster the graphics and animation displayed in its cards.
April 6, 2009 | John Lippman
Peter Bart, the longtime editor of Variety, Hollywood's leading trade paper, will no longer be overseeing day-to-day news operations. The move was announced Sunday in a story posted on Variety's website, which said that Bart would "assume a new role" as a vice president and editorial director of the publication. At the same time, Tim Gray, a veteran Variety staffer and editor, will assume control of the news operation reporting to Neil Stiles, president of Variety. Bart has overseen the news operations of Variety for 20 years, generating a mixture of awe, envy, fear and exasperation throughout the ranks of the entertainment industry.
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