Variety Lays Off Music Writer

Layoffs have begun at Variety and one of the first to go is respected music journalist Phil Gallo.

Variety is allegedly laying off manpower in both the business and editorial sectors, if one insider’s information to Deadline Hollywood Daily is correct. The tipster told columnist Nikki Finke the layoffs could reach 30. Plus there’s a rumor the weekly Variety publication may end.

Gallo is a thorough, intelligent writer who handled several jobs at once – from a daily blog to insightful articles on Live Nation’s ticket launch – during his last days at Variety