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New York Mag Hires Claude Brodesser-Akner as West Coast Editor

Ex-Variety, TMZ scribe tapped to beef up Vulture’s Hollywood coverage

Deadline Hollywood Daily isn’t the only entertainment site hiring veteran reporters to cover the opposite coast.

New York magazine announced Monday that it has hired Claude Brodesser-Akner — veteran of Variety, Ad Age and TMZ, among others – as West Coast editor of its entertainment-focused blog, Vulture.

Brodesser is the first West Coast hire for the site, which recently reeled in Josh Wolk for an entertainment editor slot.

Editor-in-chief Adam Moss said New York magazine has “big plans to make Vulture the ultimate destination for obsessional entertainment news, commentary and community.”

Most recently, Claude had been contributing to Wired magazine.

Despite having a resume filled with job moves, he’s an extremely dedicated dude: as many people know, Brodesser converted to Judaism before marrying his wife, Taffy – a conversion that included getting circumcised at age 33.

"It didn’t tickle," Akner once told the New York Times.

[Disclosure: I was the managing editor at mediabistro.com when Claude was an editor at mediabistro’s FishbowlLA.com; Taffy was the education director.]

[Photo: Reyna Zack]