Michael Schneider Exiting TV Guide Magazine

By Richard Horgan Comment

TVG13_C1_SpringPrev_NS.inddWhen Michael Schneider left Variety in 2011 for TV Guide, the Hollywood trades horizon was stormy. Variety was struggling with a paywall; The Hollywood Reporter had recently relaunched from daily to weekly; Deadline was ruling the breaking-news roost thanks to Nikki Finke; and TheWrap was finding its legs.

Will Schneider, who comments on public radio station KCRW-FM and maintains a well-liked personal blog, Franklin Avenue, return to that fold? TBD. But effective March 31, he will close out his time as chief content officer of TV Guide Magazine. He was previously executive editor and L.A. bureau chief.

The information about Schneider’s departure is buried in a press release issued today that heralds various promotions tied to a planned redesign and relaunch of TV Guide’s print magazine in June. From the announcement:

Paul J. Turcotte has been named president and publisher of TV Guide Magazine reporting to NTVB Media president and CEO, Andy DeAngelis. Turcotte sold his company, AMPitLive, to NTVB in October and joined the company then as publisher and chief revenue officer of TV Guide Magazine.

Nerina Rammairone has been promoted to editorial director and will oversee all editorial
content for TV Guide Magazine and its companion website, TVInsider.com. She was executive editor and has been with the magazine since 2000.

Rich Sands assumes the new role of senior executive editor. Amy Miller has been promoted to deputy editor. Sands and Miller have been with TV Guide Magazine since 1995 and 2008, respectively.

Laugh all you want at the notion of TV Guide in print. But a paper tool next to the DVR is something that still makes sense. There’s enough time outside the TV room or bedroom to scroll on that phone. FishbowlNY will be interested to see what the new-look version of the magazine offers. And, of course, where Schneider goes from here.

Debra Birnbaum, the woman who brought Schneider over to TV Guide in 2011, is back at Variety, running the TV side of things. We just wrote last week about her latest department hire.

Update (March 23):
Schneider is heading back to the general Variety fold. He will join Indiewire April 11 as executive editor. From today’s announcement:

At Indiewire, Schneider will oversee the site’s growing TV team and help greatly expand its coverage of the industry, including breaking news stories, in-depth reports, features and commentary on all aspects of television – from the executive suite to Emmys to programming. He joins will report to Indiewire editor in chief Dana Harris.

“I look forward to working with Dana in making Indiewire the first place readers go to learn about the revolution in how television is produced, distributed and consumed,” said Schneider. “I’ve enjoyed watching Jay Penske continue to grow PMC into a media powerhouse, and am thrilled to now be a part of his team.”

Schneider will also hold the title of Variety editor at large.

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