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Who is Ramin Setoodeh- Author of ‘Ladies Who Punch’; Bio, Age, Background, Twitter

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Ramin Setoodeh Biography

Ramin is an American award-winning journalist, he is the New York Bureau Chief for Variety. He was formerly a senior writer at Newsweek and has also written for The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News & World Report and is the author of ‘Ladies Who Punch’.

Prior to joining Variety, he worked at Newsweek for nine years as a senior writer covering film and TV for the magazine and its website the Daily Beast.

Ramin Setoodeh Age

36 years old; he was born on 19th May 1982.

Ramin Setoodeh Nationality

Ramin is American

Ramin Setoodeh Ethnicity

He is of Iranian descent.

Ramin Setoodeh Parents

Ramin’s parents’ names are not in the public domain but they are Iranian.

Ramin Setoodeh Sister/ Ramin Setoodeh Siblings

Ramin has a sister named Sheila.

Ramin Setoodeh Variety New York Bureau Chief

In January 2016 Ramin was promoted to the post of New York bureau chief, he joined Variety in 2013.

“Setoodeh, who joined Variety in September 2013, will work closely with the company’s team of writers and editors in the New York office, helping expand breaking news coverage and long-form features on the movie, television, digital and theater businesses for the weekly magazine and daily website.

He will also help grow Variety’s powerhouse brand on national and local TV news programs, and continue assisting in the brainstorming, booking and expansion of Variety-branded events and conferences in New York.”

Prior to being promoted to bureau chief, he was a film editor for the magazine and had written 23 cover stories for Variety, including profiles of Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray, Barbara Walters, Eddie Redmayne, Megyn Kelly and Sylvester Stallone. Many of his cover features, including a story on equal pay for women, which went viral online and trended on Facebook.

He also wrote many breaking stories on TV, including exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of ABC’s troubled daytime talk show “The View.”

He also appeared regularly on “Today,” MSNBC and other major news outlets as an expert on the movie industry.

Ramin Setoodeh Ladies Who Can Punch/ Ramin Setoodeh The View Book

Ramin is the author of “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View” which is a tell it all of the behind-the-scenes looks at The View. The book includes interviews with nearly every host.

Here is an interview extract that did with toofab.com about the book

You touch on it in the book, but why do you think people are so obsessed with “The View,” whether it’s watching the show itself or the behind the scenes drama?

Ramin Setoodeh: I think it’s that “The View” touches on a lot of important quarters of our society. It’s women in Hollywood, it’s red states versus blue states, it’s politics but also in the entertainment industry, there’s a tremendous amount of reach in what the show covers and what people look at the show for.

You did three years worth of interviews for this, who was the hardest interview to nail down?

Ramin Setoodeh: There wasn’t just one person, it was very much a process. I would write emails to people or letters to people and then they either would or wouldn’t respond and then I would write again. So there wasn’t one person that took forever to say yes and then they finally said yes, it truly was, every cohost I interviewed was its own separate process. It was an adventure trying to get every single person to talk to me.

I think the most important voices in the book belong to Barbara and Rosie and talking to the original cohosts of the show, you know, Joy and Meredith and Star, were all really important to me. Everyone I talked to was very crucial to the book, because I wanted to have a very expansive vision of what it was like to be on the show. I knew that I had to have a lot of cohosts and my goal originally was to have seven of them, and I ended up with 11 in the end, which was good.

Very impressive number. Was there anything in the book that you were hesitant about including?

Ramin Setoodeh: No, everything in the book has been vetted and fact checked and there was a really careful fact checking process involved where I spent a significant amount of time going back and checking everything in the book with the person who told it to me and a secondary source. Everything was really, really carefully checked.

The women from the show, did you fill them in on what other people were saying as you went?

Ramin Setoodeh: I was very upfront with everyone as I was reporting the book. As I was talking to different cohosts, I would share things that cohosts said and give everyone a chance to respond to what other cohosts had said about them. I think that helped in terms of lining up the interviews. When I had a certain amount of cohosts, other cohosts were willing to do it given that I had so many of them on the record.

Do you think some of them were surprised about what others said about them?
I think the book is surprising in that it’s so honest. It’s a very very honest book and there’s a lot of information in it. I gave people a sense of the scope of the book as I was checking it. It’s essentially when actors were like, “I didn’t know what the whole movie was but I knew what my scenes were.” I think everyone knew what their scenes were but I don’t know if they knew what the entire book was.

As someone who’s been covering this show for so long, was there a particular moment you were really excited to dig in on?

Ramin Setoodeh: I had a sense that this was a book when Rosie O’Donnell came back to the show for a second time. The show has such a history, but the narrative arc of Barbara, Rosie and Whoopi and having Rosie try to come back to the show for a second time and it ultimately not working out, that’s when I started to see it as a book and I wanted to make sure that I built the entire book around that and the concept that these are the three women who were the keyholders of the franchise.

It seems like the Rosie interview is one that fills a lot of pages. She had a lot to say and has a strong point of view. Can you talk about your conversations with her?

Ramin Setoodeh: I’ve interviewed Rosie several times over the last 10 years. She’s always a completely honest and interesting interview. She always has something interesting to say and always has a specific point of view about things, so I knew she was important to the book. We had a conversation that was on the record where she spoke at lunch and it was a conversation where I went through everything and then we talked on the phone and we had a subsequent followup.

Do you think Elisabeth’s own book — which came out last week — had something to do with her not doing interviews for this?

Ramin Setoodeh: I think that’s a question for her. All I know is she wasn’t writing a book when I first reached out to her and during subsequent emails when I was telling her it was important for her to tell her side of the story, she still hadn’t closed the deal to write a book. I don’t know if my writing a book, influenced her to also write a book or what the timeline was, but she certainly hadn’t signed any deal when I started working on this book.

You mention in the book that a few publishers turned it down, why do you think that is?

Ramin Setoodeh: It was turned down by more than 20 publishers. I was selling this book before the election, 20 publishers passed on it and I just kept hearing it was a media book and media books didn’t sell and I don’t think a lot of publishers saw this as this incredible story of this really influential show. This book always was about the relationship between these women and why this show was so culturally important in our society.

There have been so many headlines about the infighting on the show, but what is the big message you do want people to take away from the book when they’ve read it?
I hope that when people finally read the book, they see that it’s a cohesive work of journalism, it’s a serious work of journalism and it’s also about a show that’s culturally important and influenced so much of our culture. When Barbara Walters brought the show into daytime, she brought politics into daytime, she brought a platform for women to talk about important issues to daytime, she offered us a glimpse into what Donald Trump could be like as a presidential candidate when he was fighting with Rosie O’Donnell.

She launched the careers of Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and many of the other cohosts on the show. She created something that was mimicked and there were all these shows where other people express their opinions. It was also ahead of its time in that reality TV hadn’t really become a mainstay, so the idea that these women were friends and spoke about everything predicted the “Real Housewives” and “The Hills” and this batch of reality TV shows that were about women friends.

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