Variety Launches New Social Networking Site For the Entertainment Biz

Move over Facebook, there’s a new social networking site in town! Only this one’s geared exclusively towards entertainment professionals. Yesterday, the industry trade pub Daily Variety unveiled “The Biz” (variety.com/thebiz), which it’s billing as the first social networking Web site for the entertainment business. “The Biz will give our readers a unique new way to interact and forge relationships with their peers in the community,” Variety president and publisher Neil Stiles said of the site, which was launched in association with the career hunting Web site jobster.com. Although, his use of the words “new” and “unique” seems questionable. The site’s networking features include more of the same (linking up with peers and colleagues, meeting new professionals) with some career advancing components thrown in (recruiting, job searching, exchanging ideas and pitches). And, of course, users will also be able to upload photos, videos and portfolios.

Variety Launches New Social Networking Site For the Entertainment Biz