100 Women We Love: Class Of 2019

Claudia Eller

Variety Editor-in-Chief Claudia EllerPhoto by Daniel Doperalski

Diversity and inclusion aren’t always synonymous with the entertainment industry, but Variety’s Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller is determined to change that. For her, making Hollywood a more inclusive space is both a personal and professional passion. “The most rewarding part of my work,” she tells GO, “is sharing the stories of women, people of color, those from the LGBTQ community and others in entertainment media. Providing a platform for those who might not otherwise have one is something of a top priority for me as editor.” As one of the most respected entertainment journalists in the business, Eller is no stranger to the changing dynamics of the industry. As a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, she covered the ways Hollywood altered its business practices in light of economic and technological innovations. Now at Variety, diversity and inclusion are her top priorities. “I’m very proud of the cover stories and comprehensive packages that we have published over the years,” she says, “including our upcoming Power of Pride issue and past editions that focused on Transgender Hollywood, marriage equality, and lack of diversity and gender parity throughout the movie, television, music, and other business sectors we cover.” For her work, the Association for LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA), honored her with its 2019 Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage. —RK

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