Michael Schneider has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years, currently as the TV Editor for Variety, where he writes about television programming and the entertainment industry for the publication, produces the “Awards Circuit” podcast and also serves as the magazine’s TV awards analyst.
Additionally, Schneider is a regular contributor to Los Angeles public radio station KCRW, where he hosts “Screengrab,” a weekly segment about the TV industry, regularly appears on the Hollywood-focused radio program “The Business,” and previously hosted the podcast “The Spin-Off.”
Prior to returning full-time to Variety in 2019, Schneider was Executive Editor of IndieWire, where he managed the site’s growing TV team and helped greatly expand its coverage of the industry, and held a dual role as Editor-At-Large for Variety.
Schneider’s work at Variety brings him back to a brand where he previously served as TV Editor for Variety and Daily Variety, a post he held from 1999 through 2011. Before returning to Variety, Schneider was the Chief Content Officer at TV Guide Magazine, the nation’s largest magazine devoted to television, where he also helped launch the website TV Insider. He began his career at the weekly TV trade newspaper Electronic Media (later known as Television Week) in 1995.
As a television expert, Schneider regularly moderates industry panels with execs, showrunners and talent at events including San Diego Comic-Con, PaleyFest, the HRTS, NATPE, PromaxBDA, and countless other events. He has appeared on ABC “World News Tonight” and “Primetime Live,” NBC’s “Today” show and “Dateline NBC,” CBS’ “Early Show,” G4’s “Attack of the Show,” E! News Daily, CNN, MSNBC, “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “Access Hollywood,” NPR and many other programs and outlets. He also served as a reality show judge on a Fox Reality Channel show you probably didn’t see.
In his rare spare time, Schneider runs the blog Franklin Avenue, where he writes about Los Angeles media, restaurants, politics and events, and organizes the annual “Great Los Angeles Walk” urban hike through the city, now in its 15th year. He is a Northwestern University graduate and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two boys.