Peter Bart

Peter Bart

Peter Bart, an American journalist and film producer born July 24, 1932 and has served a lengthy tenure as editor in chief of "Variety", know and the Bible of show business, since 1989. Bart is also co-host of the weekly television show, "Shootout" (formerly "Sunday Morning Shootout") with film producer Peter Guber, which since 2003 has been carried on the AMC Network and is also seen in syndication and in 53 countries around the world.

Starting in 1967 Bart worked as an executive at Paramount Pictures, rising to vice president in charge of production. He played a key role in such films as “The Godfather,” “Paper Moon,” “Harold and Maude,” “True Grit” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” After an eight year stint at Paramount he went on to become senior vice president for production at MGM and President of Lorimar Films, where he was involved in such films as “Being There” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” Bart also served as co-producer on such films as “Fun with Dick and Jane” and “Islands in the Stream.”

Bart has published eight books including “Fade Out,” “The Gross,” “Who Killed Hollywood?,” “Shoot out (with Peter Guber), “Thy Kingdom Come” (a novel), “Destinies” (a novel co-written with Denne Bart Petitclerc) “Dangerous Company” (a collection of short stories) and “Boffo” (non-fiction). He served as executive producer of the documentary, “Boffo,” shown on HBO.

Bart was educated at Friends Seminary in New York City, Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics. He served as a reporter and columnist for the New York Times and as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Sun-Times prior to entering the film business at Paramount. He is married to the former Phyllis Fredette. He has two daughters, Dr. Dilys Bart Shelton of San Francisco, and Colby Bart Centrella, of Santa Barbara.


A 2001 article about Bart published in Los Angeles Magazine claimed Bart had been responsible for disparaging comments about minorities, but an internal investigation found those charges to be false and inaccurate.

External links

* [ Variety's Web site]
* [ Peter's blog]
* [ The Backlot: Peter Bart's weekly colum for Variety]
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* [,,111-EST,00.html Sunday Morning Shootout at AMC]
* [ Sunday Morning Shootout Best of Season 1 on DVD]
* [ Los Angeles Magazine Interview with Peter Bart]
* [ Peter Bart's blog at HuffPo]

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