'Variety' Revamps Edit Staff, EIC Eller Remains Till Summer 2022

Variety has shaken up its top editors — again.

Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller returns Oct. 26 after taking nearly five months off, due to criticism of her management style. In early June, Eller sent a memo of apology to staff, acknowledging her style could be perceived as "autocratic."

Cynthia Littleton stepped in as interim EIC.

Variety now reports Eller will remain through the summer of 2022, when her contract expires. Littleton has been promoted to Co-Editor-in-Chief. She will report to Eller and CRO Michelle Sobrino-Stern.

Joining Littleton will be Ramin Setoodeh, now executive editor. Setoodeh previously held the title of New York bureau chief. The pair will handle daily ops, but are charged with upping Variety’s video content and finding new edit franchises.

Brent Lang will replace Setoodeh.

Once Eller is officially gone, Littleton will succeed her, and another co-EIC will be named.

In September, Variety.com named William Earl editor, reporting to Littleton. His hire came as the magazine expanded into video and podcasts.



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