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Posts Tagged ‘Anita Busch’

Variety Adds TV, Real Estate Editors

DebraBirnbaumPicThere’s a fair bit going on these days at Jay Penske‘s Deadline and Variety twin trades.

On the Deadline side, Dominic Patten recently started anchoring daily video reports under the rubicon DeadlineNow. From PMC’s new westside Los Angeles digs, he has been chatting with reporter Jen Yamato, film editor Anita Busch, east coast-based chief theater columnist Jeremy Gerard and others about the latest developments on each journalist’s beat.

Meanwhile, Variety has been staffing up. This morning, TV EIC Cynthia Littleton announced that Debra Birnbaum (pictured) has joined the publication as executive editor, television:

Birnbaum came to Variety in April to help spearhead the eight Extra Edition special issues published this month in conjunction with Emmy season. She will be at the helm of Variety’s expansive TV awards season coverage leading up to the July 10 nominations announcement through the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25.

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Nikki Finke’s Version of TGIF

A week after Good Friday, Nikki Finke is celebrating Good Riddance.

The hiatus-ed one’s Twitter feed is dominated these days by links to Studio System content. But every once in a while, the veteran entertainment journalist chimes in about things like the Oscars or – in this case – the object of her one-time home office affections:

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Anita Busch: From Deadline Commenter to Deadline Film Editor

DeadlineAnitaBuschPicThe great majority of reader comments that made it through to the bottom of Nikki Finke‘s Deadline items were anonymous or pseudonymous. Among the regular exceptions to this was Anita Busch.

The one-time LA Times and Hollywood Reporter vet, sidelined in recent years by some very nasty Anthony Pellicano business, could always be counted on to chime in under her real, full name. Today, some Hollywood trade watchers were stunned to learn that a journalist who has been out of the game for many years was hired as Deadline’s new film editor. She takes over for Mike Fleming, who moved into Finke’s vacated EIC perch. From today’s announcement:

Both [TV editor Nellie] Andreeva and Fleming have a long history with Busch. She hired and mentored Andreeva at The Hollywood Reporter, and she and Fleming worked closely together for years at Variety, dominating film industry news.

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Anita Busch vs. Michael Ovitz Business Still Lingering

In the spring of 2008, former CAA kingpin Michael Ovitz answered an odd-sounding question in an LA courtroom. It was during the trial of now incarcerated former PI Anthony Pellicano and went like this with defense attorney Chad Hummel, who was representing an LAPD sergeant:

Hummel: Did you ever hire Mr. Pellicano to put a fish on Anita Busch’s car?
Ovitz: Absolutely not.

Five years later, despite that denial, Busch and Ovitz are still legally entangled in a civil lawsuit. Per a THR Esq. update by Eriq Gardner, Ovitz is asking for “sanctions against Busch, summary judgment in the lawsuit on the basis that her claims are time-barred and the right to learn through discovery what else Busch was working on at the time in question.”

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Mel Gibson Exclusive Impresses Anita Busch, Revolts David Poland

The two most intriguing media reactions to last night’s big exclusive interview with Mel Gibson posted on Deadline.com come from Anita Busch and David Poland. Busch is the former Hollywood Reporter journalist-editor who was targeted by renegade P.I. Anthony Pellicano. In the Deadline comments, she writes:

[Interviewer] Allison Hope Weiner always drinks upstream from the herd. And was the only one to do so during the Pellicano case. Gibson picked the right [Q&A] format and the right journalist to give the interview to.

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Show Biz Reporters Exchange Barbs in NY Observer Piece

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You can read the whole story for yourself – but we’ll sum it up:

Sharon Waxman, Nikki Finke, Anita Busch, Patrick Goldstein and Brian Lowry all hate each other and claim that they are the ones that are the most journalistic. Basically, they’re scratching each others’ eyes out in a New York paper. Which is only notable because they usually only do this on their respective blogs. Dog bites man. Show biz scribes catfight.

Blah blah.

The problem with entertainment writers is they write for people that don’t read, so they have to result to theatrics in order to get attention.

Busch Lashes Out at Pellicano During Sentencing

Our insider at the Anthony Pellicano sentencing, private eye Paul Barresi, had this to report:

anita.jpgAnita Busch, the former LA Times journalist who locked horns with private eye Anthony Pellicano, had the last laugh as she slammed the investigator at his sentencing for wiretapping, wire fraud and racketeering today.

Pellicano’s sentencing by Judge Dale Fischer is expected later today.

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Busch, who was on crutches during the testimony, said:

“You kept attacking lead FBI agents, the lead U.S. Attorney, the jury and others through the L.A. Times with your entrusted relationship with one of the reporters (Chuck Phillips). Mr. Pellicano, you show contept for the law and you destroyed my life’s work. You violated the privacy of a journalist and her sources. You’ve hurt my elderly parents, my brothers, my sisters and my friends.

I constantly live in fear of a car running me down. I was afraid to turn the igntion of my car because of a fear that the engine would blow up.

You’ve used fear and intimidation, smeared your targets in the press and destroyed their employment. You discredited me at the paper through your L.A. Times contact to make sure they did not believe me. Information was fed to the L.A. Times through your defense team.

I battled constant fear. I no longer had my career, my peace of mind, my music or my health. Death by a thousand cuts and those cuts were deep and hard.

I cannot say enough to thank the FBI for helping me more than anyone else. Those lousy razors you use on your face, the sandpaper toilet paper, nobody cares. You did it yourself. You cannot hold you mother’s hand when she gets sick. You threw it all away. You threw away your mother’s oldest son and you threw away the father to your children all for money.”

Busch, who had been accosted by a Pellicano henchman when a dead fish with a rose in its mouth was left on her car with a note that said ‘Stop,’ later left the courtroom and collapsed on a bench in the hallway.

Anita Busch: LAT’s Pellicano Ties Should Be Investigated

apell.jpgAnita Busch, the former L.A. Times reporter whose receiving of a dead fish and threatening note set off the Anthony Pellicano investigation says current L.A. Times employees remain too cozy with the investigator and should be the target of inquiry themselves. She specifically names Chuck Philips and Jim Newton, saying of Philips:

The Pellicano case coverage in the L.A. Times as reported by Chuck Philips (who told the NY Times that Pellicano was his longtime news source) should be examined. It’s a case study of how Pellicano worked his media relationships to try to destroy his adversaries.

Newton responded here.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37435751-02133251.jpgDigging Up The Dirt: Charles Ornstein discovers the identity of the UCLA Medical Center employee who is said to have snooped the private medical records of 60 celebs, including Paris Hilton and Maria Shriver. Lawanda J. Jackson, a low-ranking administrative specialist who resigned in July, told Ornstein she didn’t sell the info: “It was just me being nosy.”

wiretapping_trial_of_anthony_pellic.jpgMike Ovitz To Take The Stand, Avoid Awkward Encounter: Michael Ovitz is set to take the stand in the Anthony Pellicano case. Ovitz is said to have hired the private eye to snoop on former LAT reporter Anita Busch and former NYT reporter Bernard Weinraub. Favorite paragraph:

After Ovitz leaves the stand, depending on how quickly he gets to the elevators, he could bump into his alleged adversaries, Busch and Weinraub, who are expected to testify as well. However, the FBI agents who escort witnesses in and out of the federal courtroom are pretty good at timing. Like a psychotherapist who allows patients to enter one door and exit another to prevent unwanted encounters, an agent sometimes waits for one witness to disappear into the elevator before signaling to another agent down the hall to bring on the next witness.

dfadsfdasf.jpgRabbi Rushfield’s Opening Line: Rabbi Richard Rushfield begins his account of Idol Gives Back with the line: “It is said that every generation gets the telethons they deserve.” Richard, we’re falling in love.