Abel Green

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Abel Green (June 3, 1900 - May 10, 1973) was an American journalist best known as the editor of Variety for forty years. Sime Silverman first hired Green as a reporter in 1918, and Green's byline first appeared on May 30, 1919.


Green was responsible for the creation of much of Variety's characteristic jargon, including the 1935 headline "Sticks nix hick pix";[1] in his obituary, TIME said that if Variety was the Bible of show business, then Green "was its King James".[2] In 1951, Green collaborated with Joe Laurie, Jr. on Show Biz: From Vaude to Video, a history of show business.


  1. ^ Besas, Peter. "Abel Green". Sime's Site. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  2. ^ "King James to the End". TIME. 1973-05-21. Retrieved 2008-08-02.