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Variety Nixes Daily Edition, Overhauls Weekly Mag

Plus: new editorial leadership and revamped website

Just a few months after being sold to Deadline.com owner Jay Penske, Variety is making some big changes. Beginning on March 18, the 108-year-old Hollywood trade publication will no longer publish is daily broadsheet, The Daily Variety. The Variety weekly magazine will stay in print, but with a new publishing schedule—Tuesdays rather than weekends—and a new look, debuting on March 26. Variety will also publish additional special editions.

Three new co-editors, Claudia Eller, Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein, are replacing current editor-in-chief Tim Gray, who “remains in a leadership role, overseeing expansion of international coverage and other special projects such as the recent violence-and entertainment issue,” according to a statement.

Eller is a Los Angeles Times vet and longtime entertainment journalist, while Littleton and Wallenstein are currently Variety's deputy editor and entertainment editor, respectively.

Variety’s digital side is also getting a makeover. On March 1, Variety.com will relaunch with a new, platform-responsive design, and the site’s paywall, which was installed in 2009, will be taken down. “Internally, we've been referring to the paywall dropping as ‘the end of an error,’” Penske told Variety.com. “It was an interesting experiment that didn't work.”

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