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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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Pair of Columbia J-School Alums Officially Join TheWrap

All sorts of good things are happening at TheWrap this first week of September. On Tuesday, the Hollywood industry-focused outlet launched a complete overhaul of its website, an iteration being referred to as 3.0. In addition, a pair of recent Columbia journalism school grads who had been interning over the summer have both been promoted to full-time status.

TV reporter Tony Maglio, who graduated from Columbia this spring, started in a full-time capacity on Tuesday. He holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Monmouth University, and in fact was working in accounting and finance before he decided to make the transition via Columbia to reporting.

“I cannot believe I actually get to write about television for a living,” Maglio tells FishbowlNY. “And I could not have hand-picked a better place to officially kick off my journalism career than TheWrap!”

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Report: Nikki Finke May Soon Be TOLDJA-ing at NikkiFinke.com

New York Post media reporter Claire Atkinson has info this morning that would seem to confirm the report on Defamer last week by Beejoli Shah that Nikki Finke may indeed finally be on the way out at PMC.

According to Atkinson’s sources, Jay Penske will be sitting down this week for a board meeting with Penske Media Group Corp. colleagues to address the (latest) percolating Finke situation. The key date, apparently, falls right after Labor Day:

Finke, who is said to be bristling under Penske’s management of the website, feels the terms of her employment contract have been broken and is eyeing a Sept. 3 exit, according to a letter a lawyer for the star journalist delivered to Penske late last week, sources said.

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Hollywood Reporter Names New Asia Bureau Chief

There has been a changing of the guard with regards to The Hollywood Reporter‘s on-the-ground coverage of China. Replacing the Hong Kong-based Clarence Tsui as Asia Bureau chief is the Beijing-located Clifford Coonan (pictured):

Before moving to China, Coonan was a Reuters correspondent for seven years. He was previously a China correspondent for Variety.

“What I’m trying to do is to share my experiences with those interested in how film and media work in this part of the world,” Coonan said. “I want to clarify this fascinating but often challenging market to overseas audiences. This is a fast growing and wildly vibrant region and helming The Hollywood Reporter‘s Asian coverage is a fantastic opportunity.”

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TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com

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 of 2005. Roughly six months before the site opted for an original, breaking news voice and eventually found its way to a monstrous Mel Gibson scoop.

After eight years with TMZ as a producer and coordinating producer, Goldblatt has shifted over to New York City and the position of managing editor for variety.com. This may be purely coincidental, but in recent weeks, we’ve been noticing more variety.com linkage on The Drudge Report.

Almost everyone’s a cubicle star in one way or another if they work for TMZ. But it was away from the 24/7 office that Goldblatt clocked one of his more infamous LA moments.

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Executive Editor Owen Phillips Exits The Hollywood Reporter

For the past three years, Owen Phillips (pictured) has worked tirelessly alongside Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min to re-brand a moribund trade. After coming up for air this spring, Phillips decided it was the right time to move on to his next career challenge: a consulting post with Jeff Stern‘s Alegra Enterprises.

This is a start-up departure for Phillips. Previously, on the east coast, he worked at WSJ magazine, Men’s Vogue and The New Yorker.

“It’s been an incredible experience working on the relaunch of The Hollywood Reporter,” Phillips tells FishbowlNY, “and I’m grateful to Janice for the opportunity.”

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Cory Monteith Tragedy Frames Hollywood Reporter Traffic Record

In terms of recent Hollywood Reporter website history, the Holy Grail is two million or more unique daily visitors. That mark was reached for the first time on Monday February 25 (after the Oscars) and again this past Sunday July 14.

Reps for the trade tell FishbowlNY that the massive outpouring of grief and public interest in the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith led to a new all-time THR record of 2,080,000 unique daily visitors.

The three most viewed articles Sunday (east coast time) were all about the performer indelibly associated with the character of Finn Hudson. Starting with Lesley Goldberg’s exclusive confirmation of the terrible news, to which she was first tipped by THR website editor Chris Krewson:

1) “‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Dies at 31
[1,490,792 page views]

2) “Cory Monteith’s 13 Best ‘Glee’ Performances
[65,057 page views]

3) “Cory Monteith Death: ‘Glee’ Co-Stars, Hollywood Mourn the Actor
[82,134 page views]

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Nikki Finke Less Than Thrilled with Fleming-Bart Variety Column

It’s the kind of collaboration we expected at PMC-owned Variety. Right there, online today and in this week’s print edition, are Deadline film editor Mike Fleming Jr. and his former Variety mentor Peter Bart, together again in a new column. This occasional feature is called “Double Take” and certainly will cause many Hollywood trade watchers to do the same.

FishbowlNY was curious what Fleming’s current boss Nikki Finke thought about the PMC cross-pollination. She is not pleased.

“I wasn’t even aware that Peter Bart still had a job at Variety until recently,” she told us exclusively. “It’s shocking enough that Variety continues to employ him despite his long history as one of the most unethical journalists at a trade.”

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Deadline Snags Washington Post TV Critic Lisa de Moraes

The farewell party started May 31 in the form of Lisa de Moraes‘ final live chat at washingtonpost.com. Today, her next journalism home has been officially heralded by Nikki Finke and Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva. She will be the site’s TV columnist:

“Lisa is one of the most respected and colorful voices in television coverage today,” said Andreeva. “I’ve enjoyed her work as a fan for years, now I’m happy to have her as a colleague at Deadline.”

Added Finke: “I can’t remember when I didn’t read Lisa. Her columns cover everything from morning shows to reality programs to executive suites with exclusive news and irreverence. I’m thrilled she decided to make Deadline her Hollywood home.”

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