Leo Wolinsky Out as Daily Variety Editor

The Los Angeles Times veteran has been let go after less than a year in the position.

Daily Variety editor Leo Wolinsky has exited the entertainment-industry trade paper after less than a year in the post.

Wolinsky, an L.A. Times veteran who joined Variety in December 2009, confirmed to the New York Times that he was let go on Monday but declined to comment further.
His hiring at Variety was seen as a sign that management wanted to bring hard-news experience into the newsroom, which has seen several rounds of layoffs.

Before joining the paper, Wolinsky was a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, serving in a range of top positions, including executive editor and managing editor. He also was part of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams that covered the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
But Wolinsky had little experience covering show business, serving a seven-month stint as the Times' associate editor in charge of features and entertainment in 2008.

He left the Times that year following a disagreement with editor Russ Stanton over the organizational structure of the paper's features department.

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