It’s a new position for the revamped Hollywood trade, and stepping into it is Ramin Setoodeh, previously the publication’s New York film editor. From today’s announcement:
“Ramin has proven himself to be an invaluable part of our entire organization,” said Claudia Eller, Variety co-editor-in-chief. “His smart, insightful business coverage has contributed mightily to the resurgence of Variety as the industry’s leading news source on all things entertainment.”
In his two years at Variety, Setoodeh has written 23 cover stories for the magazine, including profiles of Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray, Barbara Walters, Eddie Redmayne, Megyn Kelly and Sylvester Stallone. Many of his cover features, including a recent story on equal pay for women, have gone viral online and trended on Facebook.
Setoodeh has been busy in Park City tracking Sundance Film Festival news. Earlier today, he filed a report with colleague Brent Lang about the record-breaking amount of $17.5 million paid by Fox Searchlight for slavery drama Birth of a Nation:
The Weinstein Company, Netflix and Sony were among the companies making offers on the picture, Variety has learned. Bidding lasted through the night, with one company, believed to be Netflix, offering $20 million for the picture. The deal is the richest in Sundance history.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Cate Blanchett Revisits Sensational Cannes Quote