Former Variety Bureau Chief in Sydney, Blake Murdoch, came across this old letter he sent to Debbie Krug in the Aussie office. Though it post-dates the Silverman era as such, we thought
it would be of interest to the muggs out there, since it gives a great description of the
“new” Park Avenue South office of Variety shortly after Steve Pond became publisher.

A bit of old nostalgia from those tumultuous days of yore of the paper. Blake was in
New York for three weeks to help prepare the yearly Aussie issue for the Cannes Film
Festival, originally started by Harold Myers. Roger Watkins was editor-in-chief at the time.

Click on each page to see a larger version.


Clive Davis’ nod to Variety

New York, Feb. 28, 2014

Add music impresario Clive Davis to the long line of Hollywood executives who say it was Variety that introduced them to The Biz.

Clive Davis

Clive Davis

In his recent autobiography “The Soundtrack of My Life,” Davis writes: “In the early 1950s, Harvard made me begin to wonder whether I was cut out for the law… Interestingly, though, I took a copyright course that required us to subscribe to Variety,’ the bible of the entertainment business. The paper had its own jargon and perhaps it was never going to win any literary prizes, but the writing in it was very lively, and I found myself drawn to all the statistics about hit movies and TV shows… At the very least, my devoted reading of Variety provided welcome relief from my law books—and an intriguing harbinger of things to come.”


Madrid, Dec. 31

Following are the contributions received for Simesite’s year-end wrap, listed in the order they came in. Though a good many people declined to send me anything, we do have 25 missives, which is pretty good considering that over a quarter of a century has elapsed since Syd sold the sheet. It’s anyone’s guess what has happened to those who have not replied or whose e-mail addresses have changed.

Usually a few contributions come straggling in after deadline, and we’ll post those as received at the very bottom of the listing.

In addition to the items sent, we have added a few lines of tidbits concerning others that we have plucked from the grapevine, so scroll down to the very end! Continue reading

Sime returns to Variety masthead

Los Angeles, Dec. 27, 2013.

Sime Silverman is back where he belongs! Variety, under new owner Jay Penske, astutely returned the publication’s founder to the masthead, after his name was dropped shortly after Peter Bart took over the editorship back in the dark days of the late 1980s. The entry is: “Sime Silverman, Founder 1873-1933” and contains a nicely-done portrait art of his face.
Continue reading


Los Angeles, Dec. 24

Mike Malak has forwarded to us the following:

The L.A. Times reported today the death, at 95, of vet publicist Julian Myers. Julian wrote a number of Anni articles for the Daily Variety, was a well-regarded regular visitor to Tom and Pete Pryor and was as close to a staffer as I’d ever seen a publicist get. His wife, Patsy, an attorney, was famous for her pro-bono work. She died at 83 in October. I knew Julian was a runner and a health guru, but not that he marked his 90th birthday by running 90 miles, from San Diego to L.A. (By that criterion I’m barely two.) He was one of the Gentlemen Publicists and never a stranger to a smile.