Variety has details on more than a dozen jobs cuts today at its rival Hollywood trade:
The layoffs amount to a significant reduction in the paper's reporting staff. Also cut were a number of senior editors, including long-serving managing editor Harley Lond, lead TV critic Barry Garron, Hy Hollinger, a veteran editor in the international department and New York-based features editor Randee Dawn Cohen.
The film department bore the brunt of the layoffs among reporters. Film and tech writer Carolyn Giardina and film reporter Leslie Simmons were among those let go, along with New York-based film reporter Gregg Goldstein and television reporter Kimberly Nordyke. Cuts were also made among copy editors, graphics and other support areas. Reporter Lauren Horwich of the Reporter's sister publication Backstage was also pinkslipped Thursday.
With Garron's departure, it's expected that longtime Reporter freelancer and columnist Ray Richmond will assume oversight of the paper's television reviews.
Meanwhile, Nikki Finke says Variety is dropping the Stylephile blog and laid off Washington reporter Bill Triplett.