There’s a fair bit going on these days at Jay Penske’s Deadline and Variety twin trades.
On the Deadline side, Dominic Patten recently started anchoring daily video reports under the rubicon DeadlineNow. From PMC’s new westside Los Angeles digs, he has been chatting with reporter Jen Yamato, film editor Anita Busch, east coast-based chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard and others about the latest developments on each journalist’s beat.
Meanwhile, Variety has been staffing up. This morning, TV EIC Cynthia Littleton announced that Debra Birnbaum (pictured) has joined the publication as executive editor, television:
Birnbaum came to Variety in April to help spearhead the eight Extra Edition special issues published this month in conjunction with Emmy season. She will be at the helm of Variety’s expansive TV awards season coverage leading up to the July 10 nominations announcement through the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.
Birnbaum was previously the president and EIC of TV Guide magazine.
Also this week, Variety officially welcomed Mark David as the editor of a new real estate vertical. Anyone interested in LA celebrity addresses has for years known David through his very entertaining blog The Real Estalker. Founder David has finally made the jump to a bigger stage, as a key member of Variety‘s section Dirt, which debuted this week online and in the publication’s June 24 print edition:
“I couldn’t be more excited and gratified to dish celebrity real estate dirt alongside the top notch team of showbiz reporters at Variety,” said David.