Breitbart News Names Executives Who Will Run Company in Wake of Founder's Death

Andrew Breitbart

A new media pioneer, Breitbart, who was helping speerhead a conservative movement in the entertainment industry with his Big Hollywood blog and by helping to organize events that attracted as many as 2,000 Republicans in the film and TV industry, died at 43 on Feb. 29. Perhaps best known as the man who brought down Rep. Anthony Weiner over a scandal involving the  congressman's inappropriate tweets, died of natural causes after collapsing in his Brentwood home.

Legal counsel Laurence Solov will become president and CEO while conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon is named executive chairman.

Breitbart News Network announced Monday the group of executives who will run the company in the absence of founder Andrew Breitbart, who died unexpectedly this month at age 43.

Laurence Solov, one of Breitbart's closest friends and the company's legal counsel has been elevated to president and CEO, positions that Breitbart had held. Solov, a Stanford University and UCLA Law School alumna, has served on the company's board of directors since its inception.

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"Our goal in 2012 is to continue Andrew's project, 'The Vetting,' which examines the president, his rivals and the mainstream media," Pollak said. "We will continue to drive the national debate by promoting the 'citizen journalism' that was Andrew's unique vision and his enduring legacy to American media."

Stephen Bannon, the filmmaker responsible for the pro-Sarah Palin movie The Undefeated, has been named executive chairman. Bannon, a former naval officer with masters degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, was a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at Goldman Sachs and has also been a Breitbart News board member since its founding.

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Ben Shapiro was named editor at large. Shapiro, a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, was once the nation's youngest syndicated columnist. He's the author of Primetime Propaganda, a book that tries to make the case that liberal political agendas are inserted into TV shows. 

Joel Pollak, a Harvard Law School graduate who once worked for famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, was named editor in chief. Pollak recently generated controversy during a CNN discussion about "critical race theory" with Soledad O'Brien, an episode that led the news anchor to ask viewers to stop Tweeting her on the topic and to Wikipedia locking down her page for a few days.

Breitbart News also named as its managing editor Alex Marlow, a four-year veteran of the company and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Breitbart News employs 20 people nationwide, primarily at its headquarters in West Los Angeles.