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Gary Susman Ponders the Nikki Finke Drama

The headline for this particular TIME op-ed asks a great question: “What’s Next for Hollywood’s Most Feared Reporter?” Unfortunately, there’s not much in the article itself about where Nikki Finke might ostensibly Toldja! from next.

Article author Gary Susman, a veteran entertainment journalist who has written for Moviefone, Entertainment Weekly and People, winds his way to a tacit conclusion drawn by several others since Sharon Waxman fired a shot across the bow of HMS Deadline on Sunday night. Namely, that Finke could opt out of her Penske contract any day now and re-incorporate as a standalone blogger.

One place Finke will definitely not be going is Manka Bros. Studios, an entirely fictitious operation overseen by Warner Bros. business development executive John Perry. But that didn’t stop Perry from alter-ego blogging a June 3 job offer.

In between some wishful Seychelles name-dropping of Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch, Perry as Manka Bros. CEO Khan Manka Jr. tells Finke she could pretty much do whatever she wants. A fictitious job offer for a firing that still needs to be verified… That is, alas, about as accurate a Web placeholder as most others for this week’s Finke media drama. However, we do have to give props to Perry for how he worked around the lack of any current Finke photos.

[Image courtesy mankabros.com]

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