Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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Betsy Beers

"Ruth [Vitale] and I found writers we really wanted to work with. I learned development in the trenches. It was a great education that Paramount graciously paid for."

Betsy Beers has more than a full plate as a partner in Shondaland, churning out a slate of TV's top dramas, from "Grey's Anatomy" to "Scandal" to a constant churn of new pilots in development. But the actresstumed-executive got her start in the business on the film side, first as a script reader and then as "manager of development" for Gary David Goldberg's Ubu Prods, debra birnbaum

How did you get the job?

The only job I had before that one was as a reader at United Artists. That was my first job as an executive. I didn't have any experience, so they didn't know what to call me. I believe the title was made up. The wonderful Ruth Vitale created the job for me when she [arrived] from UA. She'd always said to me, "If I ever get a job, I will take you with me." Sure enough, she called me, and Gary David Goldberg couldn't have been nicer about it. I was besides myself. Not only was I on the Paramount lot, but I had my own office - and it was my first time ever being acknowledged in the trades. I had made it.

What was the job like?

It was development boot camp. …

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