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A Couple of Great Nikki Finke Strands [Updated] - Posted May 15, 2014
Here's the first one. And... Because we can never for whatever reason get on-the-record cooperation from PMC, we intentionally did not go to them for comment. If, after reading this item, someone from that end wants to chime in, we'll be happy to update below.* Through the grapevine, we hear that Jay... [10,000 Words]

New York Magazine Charts Finke-Penske Ups, Downs - Posted November 24, 2013
Among the many fascinating revelations in the New York magazine feature by Benjamin Wallace (pictured) about t... [AllTwitter]

Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World - Posted October 26, 2013
In July 2009, after closing a deal to sell her Hollywood news website to Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corp, Nikki Finke told LA Times reporter James Rainey... [AllTwitter]

Nikki Finke/Deadline Spat Tarnishes Powerful Media Brand - Posted September 19, 2013
Deadline founder Nikki Finke is unquestionably one of the most powerful trade reporters in showbiz. She's like Mashable for movies and TV: she always gets the... [FishbowlDC]

Kevin Smith Revs Up Nikki Finke Way-Back Time Machine - Posted June 3, 2013
Long before the Jay Penske deal, Nikki Finke was of course already at it. Today on HuffPost ... [FishbowlLA]

Website Asks Wrong Nikki Finke Rhetorical Question - Posted June 3, 2013
Unless, that is, Contact Music knows something we don't. Namely, that Finke has already bolted from PMC for a new stealth enterprise and is quickly having second thoughts there. ... [FishbowlLA]

PMC Dismisses Sharon Waxman Bombshell Report - Posted June 2, 2013
Sunday, bombshell Sunday. At 6:45 p.m. PT tonight, Sharon Waxman posted an article titled "SHOCKER: Jay Penske Fires Nikki Finke from Deadline Hollywood." She has since updated her article with information also contained in a ... [semanticweb.com]

PMC Dismisses Sharon Waxman Bombshell Report - Posted June 2, 2013
Sunday, bombshell Sunday. At 6:45 p.m. PT tonight, Sharon Waxman posted an article titled "SHOCKER: Jay Penske Fires Nikki Finke from Deadline Hollywood." She has since updated her article with information also contained in a ... [FishbowlLA]

Sharon Stone Gag Article Hits Front Page of Yahoo - Posted June 2, 2013
We were definitely stunned this morning when we saw the following headline parked at the top of Yahoo's front-page Entertainment news scroll: Although the front page outlet-tag credits only Variety, ... [FishbowlLA]

Janice Min: 'The Only Thing We Kept Was the Name' - Posted May 15, 2013
It's hard to argue with the selection of Janice Min for this week's LA Weekly issue celebrating "the most interesting people" in Los A... [FishbowlLA]

Lawsuit Pits Jay Penske Against Former Variety Exec - Posted May 1, 2013
It was to be called Beverly Hills Entertainment Week. But the 2012 event never happened and according to reports late last night on Deadline and ... [FishbowlLA]

PMC, Prometheus Settle Deadline-TVLine-THR Lawsuit - Posted March 29, 2013
From a PR standpoint, it's been a strange week for PMC. On Tuesday, Jay Penske's operation rolled out a new weekly edition of Variety. But for a variety of reasons (pun intended, sorry), the launch yielded not nearly t... [FishbowlLA]

RIP: Movieline - Posted March 22, 2013
Actually, it's not quite RIP. But if one goes by the information at the bottom of a recent Anne Thompson Indiewire blog item, it does not exactly inspire bookmarking confidence: UPDATE: [Editor Frank] DiGiacomo writes in an email: "Movie... [FishbowlLA]

Gossip Cop Takes Another Shot at Jay Penske's HollywoodLife - Posted March 21, 2013
It's not usually a good thing when an outlet gets the "zero" rating on gossipcop.com's rumor-to-truth left-margin thermometer graph. That was ... [FishbowlLA]

Two Trade Publication Staffs Walk Into a Westwood Office Building... - Posted March 12, 2013
Among the various Twitter wise-cracks posted in response to the news that Variety, Deadline (and other PMC Web publications) will soon be sharing the same LA westside digs was this one: ... [FishbowlLA]

Variety Makes Steven Gaydos a VP - Posted March 7, 2013
Last week, Variety announced the appointment of three new editors-in-chief - Andrew Walle... [FishbowlLA]

Five Takeaways from LA Weekly's Fabulous LA Times Feature - Posted March 1, 2013
Timing is everything. Just a few days before this week's LA Weekly article "Who Will Buy the LA Times?" by ... [FishbowlLA]

Another Variety Hire: Advertising Age's Brian Steinberg - Posted February 27, 2013
Is Nikki Finke still sure about those alleged March Variety layoffs? A day after t... [FishbowlLA]

Variety Gets Three New Editors-in-Chief - Posted February 26, 2013
They are Andrew Wallenstein, Claudia Eller and ... [FishbowlLA]

Variety's Stuart Levine Joining NBC Entertainment - Posted February 13, 2013
Stuart Levine has had a couple of solid journalistic runs - 14 years with the Los Angeles Daily News and another 15, starting in 1998, with Variety. But like so many other entertainment journalism ... [FishbowlLA]

Nikki Finke Drops the Hammer on Her Variety Compadres - Posted January 24, 2013
The honeymoon is over. After various bouts of Twitter love between Variety and Deadline employees in the wake of a PMC deal that brought the two publications closer together, Nikki Finke has let it be known there is trouble ahead for the paywall-ditching trade. ... [FishbowlLA]

THR Parent Gets Shiny New Name, Boss - Posted January 15, 2013
To go along with the endlessly deep pockets of Guggenheim Partners, The Hollywood Reporter's parent company Prometheus Global Media now has two additional assets: a new name and a new leader. Former Yahoo! and Fo... [FishbowlLA]

Variety Editors, Reporters Dodge First Round of Penske Layoffs - Posted November 15, 2012
The timing - right before Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season - is tough for all involved. But per an internal message circulated today by Jay Penske, it's the official ground-level beginning of a new era at trade publication Variety. And perhaps not the last of such cost-cutting measures... [FishbowlLA]

Deadline's Mike Fleming Mourns the Loss of His Father to Hurricane Sandy - Posted November 13, 2012
Sometimes, there are no words. But today, after a two-week absence from the Deadline.com beat, Mike Fleming bridges that gap beautifully with his post about the death of his father as a result of Hurricane Sandy. ... [FishbowlLA]

Vacationing Nikki Finke Posts Diametrical Opposite of a TOLDJA! - Posted October 19, 2012
Yesterday at 5:33 p.m. PT, Deadline.com reporter Dominic Patten - who has greatly beefed up the site's coverage of local courtroom proceedings - filed an item with the headline "Ari Emanuel & Wife Sue Clothing Retailers Over $600,000 Investment." That item is no longer on the website. ... [FishbowlLA]

Bonnie Fuller Chastises the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Haters - Posted October 17, 2012
For the briefest of moments last week, the New York Post had Bonnie Fuller ... [FishbowlLA]

Playboy Deputy Editor Ponders Hollywood Trades Love Match - Posted October 14, 2012
Stephen Randall (pictured) has been on staff with Playboy for a long time. To put it in Nikki Finke terms, whe... [FishbowlLA]

Variety Purchased by Penske Media for $25 Million - Posted October 9, 2012
Variety has finally been purchased. According to The Los Angeles Times, Variety has been acquired by Penske Media, and its financial baker, Third Poin... [FishbowlLA]

Will Monday Night's Deadline/Soho House Bash Include a Big Announcement?* - Posted September 30, 2012
A cryptic Deadline advisory posted Saturday morning by Nikki Finke has some Hollywood trade watchers speculating... [AllTwitter]

Will Monday Night's Deadline/Soho House Bash Include a Big Announcement?* - Posted September 30, 2012
A cryptic Deadline advisory posted Saturday morning by Nikki Finke has some Hollywood trade watchers speculating... [FishbowlLA]

HOLDJA Horses! Penske Reportedly Back in Lead for Variety - Posted September 25, 2012
The ominous, bizarre, hilarious specter of Mike Fleming and Jeff Sneider working for the same parent company has reared i... [FishbowlLA]

Variety Announces Second Sidewalk Media Partnership - Posted September 24, 2012
Will this make Variety a more attractive acquisition target for the likes of Avenue Capital Group and Jay Penske? Per an a... [FishbowlLA]

Report: Penske, Lasry Circling Discounted Variety Sale Price - Posted September 10, 2012
Another week, another [BLANK]-is-in-the-lead-to-buy-Variety news story. This one from a pair of reporters (the New York Post's Keith J. Kelly and Josh Kosman) who have filed several, simila... [FishbowlLA]

Report: Variety-Avenue Capital Deal is Stalled - Posted August 29, 2012
The New York Post has been doing a good job of keeping tabs on the ongoing saga of Variety’s sale. This morning, the paper suggests that ... [FishbowlLA]

BREAKING: PMC's Jay Penske Arrested, Charged in Nantucket - Posted August 9, 2012
There is a gigantic Hollywood media story crossing the wire from Rhode Island Massachusetts, courtesy of The Inquirer and Mirror's Jason Graziadei. According to the ... [FishbowlLA]

PMC Network Cracks the comScore Top 100 - Posted June 11, 2012
On a site-to-site comparison basis, The Hollywood Reporter continues to attract many more monthly unique visitors than Nikki Finke's Deadline. This is due largely to the fact that THR goes far beyond the trade beat with its separate high-volume consumer coverage. ... [FishbowlLA]

TVLine.com Parent Company Sues Hollywood Reporter for Copyright Infringement - Posted September 14, 2011
If you thought the gloves were off last Friday between Penske Media Corporation (PMC) and the Hollywood Reporter, you ain't read nothing yet. Today, ... [FishbowlLA]

Nikki Finke Partners with Paramount for Facebook Game - Posted July 19, 2011
Showbiz insiders have their own version of the "Deadline Hollywood Game." But in the case of the one to be launched shortly on Facebook by Nikki Finke's Deadline.com in partnership with Paramount Di... [FishbowlLA]

Matt Lauer, Harold Ford Jr. & Neil Sedaka - Posted July 13, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE If the scene at Michael's today is any indication, summer vacations are so 2010. The place was full of magazine honchos (the cafeteria at Hearst must have been empty), media mavens (Does Jason Binn... [FishbowlLA]

Elvis Mitchell Hooks Back Up with the New York Times - Posted June 16, 2011
It's truly amazing how journalist and bon vivant Elvis Mitchell manages to hopscotch from one great professional opportunity to another. In the past few months alone, he has jumped from ... [FishbowlLA]

Nikki Finke to Patrick Goldstein: 'I'm Still Calling It As I See It' - Posted May 16, 2011
Since LA Times media columnist Patrick Goldstein began sharing his beat with colleague James Rainey, he d... [FishbowlLA]

Variety For Sale? Publisher Says 'NONSENSE' - Posted April 28, 2011
News Corp's The Daily says that Variety owner Reed Elsevier is looking to sell, and has talked to Jay Penske, who owns Deadline. "He is working on a deal, and the numbers seem consistent based on online and print and profits," an anonymous source told the Daily. Variety Group president ... [MediaJobsDaily]

Variety Publisher Ridicules Latest Takeover Rumor - Posted April 28, 2011
Today's gossip item by Richard Johnson at The Daily quotes only an unnamed "insider." And it does not specify what realm of the Hollywood media or business firmament that insider toils in. Stil... [FishbowlLA]

Deadline.com Adds New York Based Executive Editor - Posted March 28, 2011
After nearly two decades chronicling the digital media revolution for USA Today, David Lieberman has decided to jump to one of its newest purveyors. Beginning A... [FishbowlLA]

Taking the Mail Out of Mail.com Media - Posted September 21, 2010
A rebranding might be in order at Mail.com Media, as the parent company of media sites including Boy Genius Report,... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

LAT Loses Awards Columnist A Week Before Awards Season - Posted September 3, 2010
Two things: Great for Deadline to snatch up Pete Hammond. Nice guy. He'll go far. And the Arts and Entertainment section of the LA Times loses another journalist?! R... [FishbowlLA]

Will Lee To Be Executive Editor at HollywoodLife.com - Posted September 18, 2009
We've posted the entire press release below for your perusal: Former New York Bureau Chief of TMZ Joins HollywoodLife.com HollywoodLife.com President and Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller Appoints Will Lee as Execu... [FishbowlLA]

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