Ronan Farrow made his name in journalism as the author of a bombshell investigative report that helped bring down Harvey Weinstein. Now the Guardian reports that the 29-year-old is on the short list to land a plum position in the industry: as editor of Vanity Fair. It is by no means a done deal, and Farrow reportedly isn't the frontrunner to replace Graydon Carter, who announced last month that he was stepping down after a 25-year run. The favorite is actually Janice Min of Guggenheim Media, who was previously editor of the Hollywood Reporter, writes Edward Helmore. But Farrow, son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has the backing of New Yorker editor David Remnick, who ran Farrow's piece on Weinstein.
In fact, the Weinstein scandal is factoring into the hunt for a new editor by parent company Conde Nast, writes Helmore. “If publishing companies and media organizations are not thinking about these issues as they pick new top leaders, then they’re making a significant mistake,” says the NPR's David Folkenflik, who adds that "anybody naming a new executive who do not have women finalists, should probably reopen their process." Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Jess Cagle is the "dark horse" in the competition. He is currently the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly. (Read more Vanity Fair stories.)