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President Poitier | Magic's Response | CAA Fail - Posted May 13, 2014
FishbowlDC: Would NBC's The West Wing have clicked if Sidney Poitier had accepted an offer to play the role of the President? That's just one of many ... [Fishbowl NY]

President Poitier | Magic's Response | CAA Fail - Posted May 13, 2014
FishbowlDC: Would NBC's The West Wing have clicked if Sidney Poitier had accepted an offer to play the role of the President? That's just one of many ... [FishbowlNY]

For Former Fox 5-er Paul Raphel, Big Risk Equals Big Reward - Posted March 21, 2014
Many of you may remember him as the boy who made you fall in love with local news, but Paul Raphel isn't so l... [FishbowlDC]

The Weinerization of Booker's Campaign: Stripper Friend Prefers 'Real Meat' - Posted September 26, 2013
That she works for a vegan strip club in Portland, Ore. is besides the point. An interview with TMZ reveals that U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker's online stripper pal, Lynsie Lee, prefers real meat to, say, soy puffs or Nayonaise. Has Booker, who exchanged private texts with Lee, never heard o... [FishbowlDC]

Chasing New Jersey Promo Spoofs SNL Opening - Posted July 31, 2013
When the WWOR-TV Secaucus, NJ evening news program Chasing New Jersey launched July 8, replacing the station's traditional 10 p.m. weekday newscast, the comparisons were all about TMZ. But based on a new YouTube goof posted by a show staffer, it looks like the program is hoping to be lumped with... [Fishbowl NY]

Chasing New Jersey Promo Spoofs SNL Opening - Posted July 31, 2013
When the WWOR-TV Secaucus, NJ evening news program Chasing New Jersey launched July 8, replacing the station's traditional 10 p.m. weekday newscast, the comparisons were all about TMZ. But based on a new YouTube goof posted by a show staffer, it looks like the program is hoping to be lumped with... [FishbowlNY]

TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com - Posted July 29, 2013
Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June o... [Fishbowl NY]

TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com - Posted July 29, 2013
Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June o... [FishbowlNY]

Josh Dickey's Tenure at TMZ Lasts All of Three Months - Posted July 8, 2013
TMZ founder Harvey Levin can be a demanding boss. His ability to ferret out stories, sources and exclusives in a telephone manner that is second-to-none creates exceedingly high expectations for all those who work alongside him in the 24/7 newsroom. ... [Fishbowl NY]

Josh Dickey's Tenure at TMZ Lasts All of Three Months - Posted July 8, 2013
TMZ founder Harvey Levin can be a demanding boss. His ability to ferret out stories, sources and exclusives in a telephone manner that is second-to-none creates exceedingly high expectations for all those who work alongside him in the 24/7 newsroom. ... [FishbowlNY]

Questioning a 'Disgustingly Written' Brett Ratner TMZ Item - Posted July 2, 2013
We hate to be the bearers of bad Web news. But catching up to Village Voice editorial fellow Raillan Brooks' complaints about the tone of TMZ's coverage of Brett Ratner ... [Fishbowl NY]

Questioning a 'Disgustingly Written' Brett Ratner TMZ Item - Posted July 2, 2013
We hate to be the bearers of bad Web news. But catching up to Village Voice editorial fellow Raillan Brooks' complaints about the tone of TMZ's coverage of Brett Ratner ... [FishbowlNY]

The Dubious Beginnings of The National Enquirer - Posted June 13, 2013
In terms of seed financing, Harvey Levin, the late Jim Paratore and Warner Bros./Telepictures have nothing on The National Enquirer. When The New York Enquirer was purchased in 1952, i... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ Jettisons Longtime Staffer Johnny Lopez - Posted June 1, 2013
This is definitely not what we expected so soon after TMZ made the 12-and-a-half-mile move from West Hollywood to Playa del Rey. But sources tells FishbowlLA a number of staffers were let go Friday. It's not unusual for TMZ to cycle through employees. However, what makes this latest bit of tur... [GalleyCat]

TMZ Jettisons Longtime Staffer Johnny Lopez - Posted June 1, 2013
This is definitely not what we expected so soon after TMZ made the 12-and-a-half-mile move from West Hollywood to Playa del Rey. But sources tells FishbowlLA a number of staffers were let go Friday. It's not unusual for TMZ to cycle through employees. However, what makes this latest bit of tur... [FishbowlLA]

Tony Ortega Puts the Skids on Tom Cruise TMZ Item - Posted May 25, 2013
Here's a suggestion for TMZ. When the next need-for-verification Church of Scientology-tinged item comes along, like this Friday afternoon EXCLUSIVE speculating that a pair of wee-hour motorcycle riders were Tom Cruise and girlfriend, check with ... [FishbowlLA]

Alan Citron Moves Over to Yahoo - Posted April 30, 2013
LinkedIn remains a very handy tool. Per a FishbowlLA tipster, it does indeed appear that Alan Citron is newly installed as a business lead with Ya... [GalleyCat]

Alan Citron Moves Over to Yahoo - Posted April 30, 2013
LinkedIn remains a very handy tool. Per a FishbowlLA tipster, it does indeed appear that Alan Citron is newly installed as a business lead with Ya... [FishbowlLA]

Howard Bragman Chats with Magic Johnson's Outed Son - Posted April 16, 2013
On the latest edition of the YouTube interview show GWISSUES, Earvin Johnson III (a.k.a. EJ) says that the person shown on TMZ TV walking with him hand-in-hand on the Sunset Strip was not actually a boyfriend but rather his best friend. Nevertheless, th... [FishbowlLA]

Variety Film Editor Josh Dickey Heading to TMZ.com - Posted March 23, 2013
Big news this afternoon on the Hollywood trades front. And it's Nikki Finke once again letting the Variety cat out of the bag. Film editor ... [GalleyCat]

Variety Film Editor Josh Dickey Heading to TMZ.com - Posted March 23, 2013
Big news this afternoon on the Hollywood trades front. And it's Nikki Finke once again letting the Variety cat out of the bag. Film editor ... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Levin Seeking SXSW Job Candidates - Posted March 4, 2013
There's a ton of new job ads today on Mediabistro, including one that has us tipping our hat to TMZ. The managing editor search starts off with a delightful setting of the newsroom scene: No need to have exper... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Chatter - Posted November 29, 2012
Quotes of the Day   Madame Secretary can do whatever she pleases "Guy @ state Dept LGBT event asks attendees to turn off phones, but 'Madame Secretary, you're welcome to text any time.'" -- Politico's ... [FishbowlDC]

Business Insider Gets to the Bottom of Splash News-Princess Diana Movie Partnership - Posted October 31, 2012
Here's a good example of how to take "hat/tip journalism" to the next level. It comes from Aly Weisman, editor of Business Insider's entertainment vertical. ... [FishbowlLA]

PR and Porn Part 2: The Insider - Posted October 9, 2012
In yesterday's first chapter of our week-long series "PR and Porn," we introduced you to Br... [PRNewser]

The FishbowlDC Interview With MSNBC and WaPo's Fashion Conscious Newsman Jonathan Capehart - Posted September 18, 2012
Say hello to MSNBC Contributor and WaPo liberal op-ed writer ... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Chatter - Posted September 18, 2012
QUOTES of the DAY "I dunno how politicians wake up each morning and forget every phone everywhere is a multimedia recording device, but thank god they do." -- BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stant... [FishbowlDC]

National Enquirer Loses Three Reporters - Posted July 18, 2012
Here's a question for all those inquiring minds out there: How do you put out a competitive celebrity gossip weekly when you've got a diminishing number of full-time reporters on the ground? FishbowlLA is hearing that the National Enquirer has laid off Los Angeles staffers ... [FishbowlLA]

National Enquirer Loses Three Reporters* - Posted July 18, 2012
Here's a question for all those inquiring minds out there: How do you put out a competitive celebrity gossip weekly when you've got a diminishing number of full-time reporters on the ground? FishbowlLA is hearing that the National Enquirer has laid off Los Angeles staffers ... [GalleyCat]

Baldwin, Cooper and Republican Strategist Blaze July Media Trail - Posted July 2, 2012
In the space of just a few hours today, all media hell has broken loose. On what was supposed to be a lazy holiday-week Monday. Via Daily Beast email-share exclusive, ... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ Disputes KABC's Lindsay Lohan Report - Posted June 15, 2012
According to KABC, Lindsay Lohan was rushed to the hospital after she was reportedly found un... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ Founder Jim Paratore Dead at 58 - Posted May 29, 2012
Television executive and TMZ founder Jim Paratore died Tuesday of a heart attack during a cycling trip in F... [FishbowlLA]

Dylan Howard Takes Over as Celebuzz.com Editor-in-Chief - Posted April 10, 2012
This is definitely one of the funnier ways we have found out about a major shift in the ranks of top-tier entertainment journalists. A little earlier today, we posted an item about t... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ Live Coming to Fox 11 - Posted March 5, 2012
Starting March 12 at 3 p.m., Fox 11 will test TMZ Live, a new spinoff of the nightly gossip news show. Regular visitors of TMZ.com are probably familiar with the concept of TMZ Live, the weekday online show that gives fans a look inside the often hectic West Hollywood newsroom. Sirius ... [GalleyCat]

TMZ Tracks Down Randall of 'Honey Badger' Fame - Posted January 25, 2012
... [FishbowlLA]

Morning Chatter - Posted January 13, 2012
Quotes of the Day Nothing gets between a Boybander and his jeans "The only pair of jeans I ever splurged on lasted exactly one year before getting a hole in an embarrassing place. Thanks, stranger." -- TPM's ... [FishbowlDC]

Former FishbowlDC Editor is Dead to Us - Posted December 9, 2011
Garrett Graff, who likes to say he's the "founding" editor of FishbowlDC, tells us he doesn't read this site anymore. He let me know in an email Thursday regarding a post I did about about freelancer Tom Barlett who wrote a featur... [FishbowlDC]

The FishbowlDC Interview With TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro - Posted November 4, 2011
Working with TPM's Evan McMorris-Santoro this week has... [FishbowlDC]

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers - Posted October 25, 2011
Quotes of the Day Racy thoughts from WaPo's ME "Rock stars get room keys. I get business cards." -- WaPo Managing Editor Raju Narisetti. HuffPost... [FishbowlDC]

Splash News Tees Up Weekly TV Show - Posted September 13, 2011
In what amounts to the closest variation yet of TMZ's syndicated weekday program, Splash News will be at next month's MIPCOM conference in Cannes to sell a new weekly show called SPLASH TV. It's unclear w... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Levin Now Officially the King of All Media - Posted July 13, 2011
Thanks to a new deal with Premiere Networks that went live June 20, Harvey Levin has crossed over into the final, retro media frontier: radio. TMZ Radio airs Monday through Friday as two separate one-minute installm... [FishbowlLA]

New York Times Critic Continues Love Affair with TMZ TV - Posted June 27, 2011
It's dangerous, when you're a media critic for the leading newspaper in the U.S., to wear your tabloid feelings on your sleeve. But that's what David Carr at the New York Times has been doing for some time now with regards to TMZ's syndicated TV show. Earlier this spring, Carr tweeted the... [FishbowlLA]

Rep. Giffords Photos Released to Stave Off Paparazzi - Posted June 13, 2011
[caption id="attachment_22549" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Photo: P.K. Weis/southwestphotobank.com for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords via Facebook"][/caption] Photographs of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was critically injured during ... [PRNewser]

TMZ, Radar Online Chase Down Exclusive Schwarzenegger Details - Posted May 20, 2011
The twin terrors of online celebrity journalism, TMZ and Radar Online, are doing their best to get to the bottom of the Schwarzenegger love child story. According to what is being billed as a ... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ Live Goes to Satellite Radio - Posted May 11, 2011
With its TV show already a success, TMZ is about to launch its own one-hour satellite radio show called TMZ Live on Sirius XM Radio. Hosted by TMZ founder Harvey Levin, the show will be staged inside TMZ's Hollywood studio and w... [FishbowlLA]

Latest TMZ Departure Perpetuates 'Male Zone' M.O. - Posted March 11, 2011
Last Friday, March 4th, senior producer Vania Stuelp's return stint at TMZ came to an end when her contract was not renewed. Word is that Stuelp (pictured) and ... [FishbowlLA]

Latest TMZ Departure Perpetuates 'Male Zone' M.O. - Posted March 11, 2011
Last Friday, March 4th, senior producer Vania Stuelp's return stint at TMZ came to an end when her contract was not renewed. Word is that Stuelp (pictured) and ... [GalleyCat]

TMZ Producer Works Both Sides of Tabloid Trench - Posted February 23, 2011
The original item appeared on TMZ.com January 27th, 2010. Under the headline "Brawl in LA Court", the gossip website outlined how one of their former employees - ... [FishbowlLA]

Get Ready for the 'TMZ Hollywood Tour' - Posted February 15, 2011
Presumably, once the new TMZ tour buses start rolling around Hollywood May 1st, a scheduled stop will be the show and website's headquarters at Crescent Heights and Sunset Blvds. After all, right across the street is Hyde and The Laugh Factory, where ... [FishbowlLA]

Jerry Bruckheimer Ruminates About the Red Carpet - Posted February 8, 2011
In case you hadn't noticed, Jerry Bruckheimer is the latest Hollywood titan to take to Twitter like there's no #tomorrow. Which is a good thing, because this guy has a hand in more aspects of Hollywood entertainment than Tom (Cruise), Dick (Wolf) and Harry (Potter). On the heels of a whole bunch... [FishbowlLA]

Strange New Twist in Ronni Chasen Investigation - Posted November 24, 2010
There is no media outlet in Los Angeles that has its hooks into the local police and private investigation communities quite like TMZ. This carefully cultivated access has paid off today with some ... [FishbowlLA]

Ashton Gives TMZ the TMZ Treatment - Posted November 16, 2010
This was just posted. ... [FishbowlLA]

Chong's Cause Goes Up in Smoke - Posted November 3, 2010
Stoners across the state are crying in their Fruit Loops this morning, trying to figure out how many joints they will have to smoke on the QT before another shot at California legalization in 2012. Still, the residual media buzz from Proposition 19 ... [FishbowlLA]

Rating the Randy Quaid Headlines - Posted October 25, 2010
The spectacularly tawdry (and sad) scandal currently enveloping Randy Quaid and wife Evi north of the 49th parallel is a headline writer's dream or nightmare. A dream if the... [FishbowlLA]

Waxman Needs Attention, Invites Finke to Speak - Posted August 20, 2010
Call us cynical but the Sharon Waxman and Nikki Finke feud benefits them both. Possibly one more than the other. If they're lucky a ... [FishbowlLA]

The Year In Citizen Journalism Heralds Next Year's Trend - Posted December 30, 2009
You might say that the impact of "citizen journalism" on 2009 started with US Airways Flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River, and the pictures of the plane hitting Twitter before any news outlets had them. And of course the role that Twitter played in helping Americans find out about protests... [Fishbowl NY]

The Year In Citizen Journalism Heralds Next Year's Trend - Posted December 30, 2009
You might say that the impact of "citizen journalism" on 2009 started with US Airways Flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River, and the pictures of the plane hitting Twitter before any news outlets had them. And of course the role that Twitter played in helping Americans find out about protests... [FishbowlNY]

Get A Job At One Of Journalism's Oldest And Most Respected Institutions - Posted September 11, 2009
Who are we kidding? Those outfits aren't really hiring. But Hunter Walker (formerly a blogger with mediabistro.com and many other places) reports that somebody is hiring...and it's TMZ.com. Harvey Levin, TMZ.com founder and boss, spoke at Columbia School of Journalism yesterday about the success of the site. Walker ... [MediaJobsDaily]

Allbritton and VandeHarris Make VF's "New Establishment 2009" List - Posted September 2, 2009
Politico's Robert Allbritton, John Harris, and Jim VandeHei join the ranks of Steve Jobs, ... [FishbowlDC]

Who Do You Call When You Have a Scoop? - Posted July 21, 2009
[image cred] When Harvey Levin's TMZ broke the news of Michael Jackson's death, it was heralded as yet another victory in the battle of "ne... [PRNewser]

Early Sunday Show Preview - Posted July 2, 2009
NBC's Meet the Press: Programming Note: Meet the Press will not air Sunday, July 5 due to NBC's coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. We will return at our regular time on July 12. CBS' Face the Nation: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Sen. Chuck Grassley... [FishbowlDC]

Noon Reading List 04.03.09 - Posted April 3, 2009
Good afternoon FishbowlDC! Sorry for the delay... Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Its day 74 covering the ... [FishbowlDC]

TMZ.com Goes Mobile - Posted February 12, 2009
Can't get enough of TMZ on the Web or on TV? Now you can get an App for your iPhone or iPod Touch. According to B&C, the TMZ app allows fans to browse headlines, photo galleries and video clips. "We want to get our content out to TMZ readers fast using the... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

TMZ Destroys A Kid's Life - Posted April 30, 2008
TMZ published the name of an underage alleged sex crimes victim. Super classy, guys. Tune in later, when Harvey Levin randomly selects one L.A. preschool sandbox to defecate in during recess. ... [FishbowlLA]

Harvey Levin Bags Lindsay Lohan - Posted April 3, 2008
Lindsay Lohan shows up to t... [FishbowlLA]

Obligatory Britney Spears Post - Posted January 31, 2008
We don't want to but we have to. Britney Spears was rushed by ambulance to UCLA Medical Center, escorted by dozen motorcycle officers, two cruisers and two police helicopters. ... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ TV To Stink Up The Airwaves On Monday - Posted September 7, 2007
If you smell sulfur in the air on Monday, don't fret. It's just TMZ fluttering through the airwaves. The site that broke the Mel Gibson arrest and the Michael Richards comedy-club bigotry will stick its heavy fist into the crowded hole of celebutainment television shows, debuting, of course, on Fox. Harvey Lev... [FishbowlLA]

Perez Hilton--Up like the Rocket, Down Like the Stick? - Posted July 31, 2007
Perez Hilton continues his domination of the celeb blogosphere. And of course, he was the first to share the happy news yesterday by letting readers know that he set another traffic record to his PerezHilton.com with 8.82 million page views in 24 hours. In his post, he credited the high volume... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ Makes Celebrities Cower in Fear Behind Locked Doors While Harvey Levin Smiles - Posted June 25, 2007
When Paris Hilton talks to Larry King this week , she'll actually be talking to Harvey Levin, the TMZ king-pin. The NY Times surveys the TMZ kingdom... [FishbowlLA]

O J Simpson Book Leaked Online--Will TMZ Share with Goldman Family? - Posted June 20, 2007
Leaks, leaks, leaks. O.J. Simpson's book, If I Did It, shows up at TMZ, and if it's the real deal, his ghost-writer had a strong stomach. Sample: "I noticed the knife in Charlie's hand, and in one deft move I removed my right glove and snatched i... [FishbowlLA]

TMZ To DC - Posted February 12, 2007
If you swim in the shallow end of Washington's intellectual circles (aka: gossip), then you may have spent Friday meeting with TMZ.com's Harvey Levin, who quietly snuck into town to interview people for his next gig: TMZDC.com. Yes, apparently there's room for even more gossip mongers. You'll recall that TMZ broke such stories... [FishbowlDC]

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