Off the Record with Michael Speier, Managing Editor, Variety

February 24, 2005

Santa Monica


Michael Speier, Managing Editor of Variety, addressed members of the Milken Institute Associates on the impact of movies in Los Angeles, the U.S. and around the world. Coming just days before the Academy Awards, his talk focused on the importance of the Oscars — and the considerable economic and professional cachet that comes from winning.

Speier has spent the past seven years as managing editor of Special Reports, editor of the Gotham edition of Variety and co-TV critic. Speier, who joined Variety in 1997, is a 1991 graduate of Syracuse University and has a master's degree from the University of North Texas.

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