Then The Hollywood Reporter responded:
Richard Beckman, CEO of THR’s parent company e5 Global Media, responded by saying that “there is no truth to the report that the site’s editor has been offered the job of editor-in-chief.
“We have great ambitions for The Hollywood Reporter and all its properties and intend to create the most powerful platform in the entertainment industry,” Beckman said.
Today Finke responded:
Huh? I’ve gone over my notes, and let me reaffirm that the offer was real and detailed and made to me by one of Beckman’s bosses during a phone conversation on the night of January 13th. It consisted of: $450,000 annual salary for becoming editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter. Plus a $1 million Malibu home which, I was told, “you can keep whether you stay 5 minutes or 5 years” in the job. (Why this? Because I had said that some day I want to buy a Malibu condo with an ocean view.) Plus a sum “roughly estimated” at $650,000 a year for my share of several cable TV deals which e5 anticipated making for THR. And so on. Other people know about this offer, too.
You have to hand it to entertainment journalism, it can be quite entertaining.