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End of an Era: Musto Leaves Voice, Is Carter On Way Out of Vanity Fair?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 17, 2013 at 6:10PM

Editor Graydon Carter, 63, has been a fixture at Vanity Fair since 1992. Keith Kelly reports that he's having a bumpy time renegotiating his contract, which is up in July, with Conde Nast CEO Charles Townsend, rather than S.I. Newhouse.
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Graydon Carter
Graydon Carter

Editor Graydon Carter, 63, has been a fixture at Vanity Fair since 1992. Keith Kelly reports that he's having a bumpy time renegotiating his contract, which is up in July, with Conde Nast CEO Charles Townsend, rather than S.I. Newhouse.

Carter has enjoyed his expansive lifestyle, riding the magazine through more heady times, from annual Oscar and Cannes bashes and power lists to dabbling in documentary filmmaking. But things are tighter now, and I would caution Carter to remember the post-Conde Nast career of Tina Brown. While she did well at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Harvey Weinstein lured her away to run Talk Magazine, which flopped; she then tried television punditry, wrote bestselling bio "The Diana Chronicles," and finally landed at The Daily Beast and Newsweek.

Michael Musto
Michael Musto

If Carter's time has come, his replacements are lining up. Kelly cites star New York editor Adam Moss, who is probably the most gifted editor of his generation, having never failed to pursue excellence, from Esquire and Seven Days to The New York Times Magazine. Also in the queue are Janice Min, who pushed both Us Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter to new heights, and British GQ editor Dylan Jones.

In other media changes, another venerable publication, The Village Voice, is laying off three well-paid name stars: 30-year-veteran gossip columnist Michael Musto, food critic Robert Sietsema and theater critic Michael Feingold. All will land on their feet. But The Voice is no longer what it once was.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.