Variety has a new publisher, Brian Gott, tapped by Variety Group president Neil Stiles who relinquishes the publisher title to “focus more of my attention on longer-term planning”. The announcement says Gott in his new role will handle day-to-day management of such areas as licensing, strategic partnerships, brand extension, and new product development. He was most recently VP-associate publisher. Linda Buckley-Bruno has been upped to publishing director for the Variety Group. She’ll run global sales operations for Daily Variety, weekly Variety and Variety.com, in addition to the Home Entertainment Group for parent company Reed Business.