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Janice Min Takes THR Branding to Whole New LAX Level

We have so many questions…

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Will Nikki Finke, on her way back from Hawaii, take a short detour to LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal and shoplift her favorite candy bar? Will some items on the shelf be promoted with a notice that reads “For Your Consideration”? Are they planning to carry those $5.99 mini-Oscar statuettes stocked by every Tom, Dick and Hollywood Blvd. souvenir-shop Harriet?

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The Nikki Finke-PMC Era is Officially Over

DeadlineHollywoodlogoIn a co-bylined post that few would have thought possible just a few months ago, Nikki Finke’s film and TV workhorses Mike Fleming Jr. and Nellie Andreeva announced at 9:26 p.m. ET tonight that their days of reporting to the volatile Finke are over:

Despite attempts by all to have it go otherwise, Nikki Finke will no longer be leading Deadline Hollywood, and she will not be writing weekend box office or filing stories going forward. This is an emotional and painful parting of the ways for us…

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Variety Recommits to Film Criticism

Not too long ago, Hollywood pundits were interpreting the hiring of New York-based Scott Foundas by Variety as a major sleight to the publication’s two other film critics, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge. Time to reverse that punditry.

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Per an announcement in the trade today, Chang and Debruge have been raised to Foundas’ “chief” tier. Fellow chief film critic Chang will remain based in Los Angeles while chief international film critic Debruge will work from a Paris base:

“We are aggressively stepping up our efforts in film criticism, which has been a hallmark of Variety for many decades,” said Jay Penske, chief executive officer of parent Penske Media Corporation. “We will continue to be the dominant force in this significant arena as we expand our voice in every key territory overseas.”

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Twenty-Four Nikki Finke Hours That Shook the (Hollywood) World

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 that “she sometimes wished she didn’t have to sleep, so she could work 24 hours a day.” What a difference four years and a parent-company sideline purchase can make.

Finke told Defamer’s Beejoli Shah Thursday that she has “been inundated with administrative duties” and that Penske is forcing her to work “seven days a week.” She then added the coup-de-hyperbole-grace: “Penske somehow thinks he owns me like I’m his slave.”

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A Tale of Two Lists: PMC vs. The Hollywood Reporter

This morning at 2:50 a.m. PT, Nikki Finke leveled a bunch of Miley Cyrus-like accusations at The Hollywood Reporter. Relying on data compiled by parent company PMC, she claimed that the bulkhead of THR‘s latest monthly uniques and page views connects to the Hollywood trade world’s equivalent of twerking at the VMAs.

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There’s only one problem. Her top-viewed September/October THR articles list (above) is completely different from the one shared in response by The Hollywood Reporter (see below). For example, Justin Bieber appears at both ends, but on the PMC list it’s articles about plastic surgery and the song “Believe” while THR lists a Batman vs. Superman-related post.

So who’s right? The logical assumption is that THR has a better handle on its own Web stats. But we also figured that PMC must be pretty sure about its methodology to tell Finke it was OK to publish this internal data.

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Janice Min Heralds 12.327 Million Monthly Uniques, Eight Promotions and Six New Hires

The memo today from editorial director Janice Min starts with the news that August was The Hollywood Reporter‘s biggest Web traffic month yet. A total of 12.327 million unique visitors came to the site per comScore, putting the publication fourth in its category behind IMDb, EW and TV Guide.

From there, it’s on to the news of THR‘s latest wave of promotions and hires:

Kimberly Nordyke has been promoted to Deputy Editor, THR.com. In her new role beginning today, Kimberly will oversee our news operation in the morning hours, working with our New York and foreign reporters, as well as doing longer-term planning for the site and and the digital rollout of major print projects and packages. Kimberly, who most recently was senior editor, has been with The Hollywood Reporter since 2000. She joined the staff of the magazine as a copy editor before segueing into the position of TV reporter. She writes a mean headline without ever losing her cool, knows the industry inside-out, and I am thrilled she is bringing her 360-degree expertise to daytime.

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Variety Drops F-Bomb on Twitter

The first Wednesday tweet designed to promote editor-in-chief: digital Andrew Wallenstein‘s look at the forces behind some recent Hollywood studio exec shuffles was routine:

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But then… Who knows. Maybe the individual manning the trade’s Twitter account became frustrated at the lack of clicks. Or was ordered to get more eyeballs onto Wallenstein’s piece. Or there were drinks involved. Because five hours later, in the spirit of Nikki “I Should Be Running Variety” Finke, there was this:

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Deadline Deems TheWrap Staffer an ‘Attention-Starved Douche’

DeadlineHollywoodlogoIs all fair in love and Hollywood trades war? That’s the lingering question in the wake of a brief Thursday Deadline item about east and west coast promotions at CAA.

Under normal circumstances, the exceptional aspect of this Deadline post would be the approving comment left by “Her Dad” for Jessica Graboff, now an agent in NYC in CAA’s Commercial Endorsements department. But trade watchers instead were buzzing about the insult thrown Jeff Sneider‘s way from “The Deadline Team” (bolding is ours):

CAA this morning announced six promotions to either agent or executive. We were prepared to honor the agency’s ask for an embargo on a wide release, but an attention-starved douche at another outlet jumped that so here it is.

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Variety Grabs Newsweek/Daily Beast Vet

Ramin Setoodeh, who spent a combined 11 years at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, has moved over to the Hollywood trade side. As Variety‘s New York film editor, he will be based here alongside a small but growing staff.

From this morning’s announcement:

Setoodeh will also produce videos, webcasts and make regular television appearances on news shows to talk about the film industry. He reports to Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief, film…

A fearless and industrious journalist, Setoodeh once went undercover and auditioned for American Idol, and launched several Web series — one featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Evans candidly discussing their early acting jobs. His 2010 theater review of Sean Hayes in Promises Promises went viral, sparking a major debate about gay actors in Hollywood and eliciting responses from such high-profile players as Ryan Murphy, Aaron Sorkin and Kristin Chenoweth.

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Nikki Finke Talks to the Wall Street Journal

On page B1 of today’s Wall Street Journal, there it is. That rare entity known as an extensive on-the-record Nikki Finke interview. Finke emails and phones reporters all the time, but it’s usually always off-the-record. So kudos to Ben Fritz for being the one holding the scoop this time around.

In this particular case however, there was a minor glitch. Within a few hours of the online version being posted, Finke was objecting via the comments to the sub-headline ‘Founder of Website Deadline.com Says Vision Is No Longer Shared’:

That sub-head is unsupported by my quote published in the article: “The issue is whether this shared vision is still intact,” Ms. Finke said in an interview this week.” The WSJ needs to correct this sub-head immediately.

[Editor's note: The WSJ did correct immediately to 'Founder of Website Deadline.com Questions Whether Vision Is Still Shared']

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