Variety Ed-In-Chief Stepping Down
April 6, 2009 at 6:47 AM (PT)
PETER BART, VARIETY's legendary and longtime editor-in-chief, is stepping down as head of the entertainment-industry newspaper he's run for 20 years, writes THE NEW YORK POST, citing well-placed HOLLYWOOD sources.
An announcement could come as soon as TODAY, and includes word that Editor TIM GRAY will take over the HOLLYWOOD trade paper's day-to-day operations.
Long seen as one of TINSELTOWN's most powerful behind-the-scenes figures, BART, 76, is expected to remain affiliated with VARIETY through his daily column. He will also be named Editorial Director. BART could not be reached for comment at press time.
Although VARIETY and its rival THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER have experienced severe ad erosion this year, sources said that the paper did not move to push him out and that it was BART's decision to step down.