Magazine article Variety

Editor's Letter: The Launch of Artisans

Magazine article Variety

Editor's Letter: The Launch of Artisans

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When I first joined Variety a year ago April, one of the major initiatives I wanted to launch was a regular feature spotlighting the plight of Hollywood's below-the-line craftspeople. I felt strongly that as the most authoritative voice on the entertainment business, Variety should celebrate the professional lives, stories and concerns of the thousands of men and women who toil in the world of pre-production, production and post-production. It is these unsung heroes - the grips, boom operators, sound mixers, editors, cinematographers, set decorators, costume designers, visual effects aficionados, production coordinators and many others - who make all movies and TV shows possible. They deserve as much attention and credit in the pages of our magazine and on our website as the high-profile stars, directors, writers and producers who bring the creative content to life, or the heads of studios and networks who choose what gets made.

I am so proud to say that our desire to shed a light on these hard-working individuals has come to fruition with the launch of our weekly branded feature, Artisans, which debuts today in these pages, along with a compelling cover story by Brent Lang on the women who work behind the scenes. …

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