Leo Wolinsky Named Editor of Daily Variety

Los Angeles Times veteran will oversee Los Angeles, Gotham editions, reporting to Tim Gray

Leo Wolinsky, a veteran Los Angeles Times staffer, has been named editor of Daily Variety.

Beginning in January, Wolinsky will be responsible for all editorial content for the print edition, both Los Angeles and Gotham editions. He will report to Variety Group editor Timothy M. Gray.

Wolinsky was with the Times from 1977 until a little more than a year ago; he left as associate editor of features and entertainment in October 2008.

During his 31 years at the paper, he held positions including executive editor, managing editor for news, metro editor, city editor, California political editor and reporter.

He directed the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots and the Northridge earthquake.

"The entertainment industry is undergoing dynamic changes and it’s exciting to be [at Variety] to help chronicle the next chapter in its rapid evolution," Wolinsky said on Variety.com. "Whether it be movies, television, theater or music, tremendous economic, technological and sociological forces are impacting culture around the globe as never before."

Gray said, "As the industry undergoes massive changes, Variety continues to evolve. We have been working to beef up our senior editing staff, including creation of this new position, and we’re lucky to have found Leo. He’s a perfect fit for this new job and will be a welcome addition to the newsroom, bringing his special talents and perspective to both papers."