Setoodeh will also produce videos, webcasts and make regular television appearances on news shows to talk about the film industry. He reports to Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief, film.
Newsweek and two years at the Daily Beast , writing and editing stories about movies, television, books, theater and other sectors of media and entertainment. He covered Hollywood's award season and co-hosted, along with film critic David Ansen, Newsweek's annual Oscar nominees roundtable. Setoodeh also made frequent appearances as a guest on CNN, MSNBC and "Today."
A fearless and industrious journalist, Setoodeh once went undercover and auditioned for "American Idol," and launched several Web series -- one featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Evans candidly discussing their early acting jobs. His 2010 theater review of Sean Hayes in "Promises Promises" went viral, sparking a major debate about gay actors in Hollywood and eliciting responses from such high profile players as Ryan Murphy, Aaron Sorkin and Kristin Chenoweth.
He wrote a 2008 investigative cover story for Newsweek about the brutal murder of a gay seventh grader that inspired the upcoming HBO documentary "Valentine Road."
"Ramin's smarts, experience and drive make him a perfect fit for the new Variety and our aggressive coverage of evolving Hollywood for our revitalized website and weekly magazine," said Eller. "He's a great addition to our already awesome team. "
During his career, Setoodeh has also written for U.S. News & World Report, NewYorker.com and the Los Angeles Times. In 2004, as editor-in-chief of Stanford U.'s student newspaper, he was awarded the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl Memorial Internship in Hong Kong, where he launched his journalism career as a foreign correspondent.
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