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SNL Intern Lawsuit Ends with Resounding Lawyer Punchline

OuttenGoldenLogoOutten & Golden sounds like the name of Saturday Night Live skit law firm. But it is in fact a real outfit headed by Wayne N. Outten and Anne Golden, with offices in New York, LA and San Francisco.

This week, the news from the class-action front for this company is indeed golden. From Dominic Patten‘s Deadline report:

If everything is approved, the plaintiffs’ lawyers at labor-issues firm Outten & Golden will get $1.184 million from the settlement. Unsurprisingly, that’s a lot more than the plaintiffs will see. “Class Counsel will move for Court approval of the Service Payments of $10,000 to Plaintiff Monet Eliastam, $5,000 to Plaintiffs Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak, and $2,000 to Opt-In Plaintiffs Samantha Kurlander, Nicole Klepper and Jamaal Brown,” the filing of October 22 states. The rest of the cash will go to thousands of others who interned at NBCU starting on July 3, 2007 in New York and on February 10, 2010 in California. Those interns should expect to get about $500 each if they accept the settlement.

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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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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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An Historic Hollywood Trades Panel

We’ve attended many Digital Hollywood’s and similar conferences over the years. For the life of us, we cannot remember another time when editorial representatives from all four Hollywood trades participated in the same panel discussion.

The May day confluence will occur tomorrow afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. Moderating “The New Digital Age of the Hollywood Trade Press” will be Rick Markovitz, president of Weissman/Markovitz Communications. And participating:

- Andrew Wallenstein, editor-in-chief, digital, Variety
- Chis Krewson, editor, THR.com, The Hollywood Reporter
- Dominic Patten, reporter, Deadline Hollywood
- Joseph Kapsch, deputy managing editor, TheWrap

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Vacationing Nikki Finke Posts Diametrical Opposite of a TOLDJA!

Yesterday at 5:33 p.m. PT, Deadline.com reporter Dominic Patten – who has greatly beefed up the site’s coverage of local courtroom proceedings – filed an item with the headline “Ari Emanuel & Wife Sue Clothing Retailers Over $600,000 Investment.” That item is no longer on the website.

In its place can be found a rare Nikki Finke apology, posted four hours later at 9:21 p.m. Emanuel, a William Morris Endeavor titan and celebrated inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Entourage character Ari Gold, is was once one of Finke’s top go-to sources and basically seen by her as unimpeachable the apology is being interpreted by some as an attempt to get back in his good graces.

Perhaps if Finke was not on vacation this week, this item would have been flagged before initial posting. Then again, one would expect the website’s rotating managing editors – all three of them – to have the equivalent of a “Do Not Perturb!” post-it on the side of their computers. With Emanuel’s name right at the top.

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Will Monday Night’s Deadline/Soho House Bash Include a Big Announcement?*

A cryptic Deadline advisory posted Saturday morning by Nikki Finke has some Hollywood trade watchers speculating that the PMC-Variety deal is done. The 11:34 a.m. PDT September 29 message reads:

The Deadline Team won’t provide 24/7 news coverage for at least the next week. One of the reasons is DH business affecting the entire staff in LA, NY and Europe. As a result, we’ll probably miss some breaking stories and delay monitoring some comments, emails and phone calls. Please cut us some slack for the duration.


Which begs the question – will Jay Penske be making a “big” announcement at Soho House in West Hollywood tomorrow night? That’s when the “PMC” in Penske Media Corp. will briefly overlap with “private members’ club,” as Deadline hosts a “Kick Off the Awards Season” party there from 6 to 9 p.m. A who’s who of studio execs, film publicists and awards season PR consultants will hobnob with not just Penske but many other PMC/Deadline folks: film editor Mike Fleming, tv editor Nellie Andreeva, awards columnist Pete Hammond, marketing consultant Madelyn Hammond, executive editor David Lieberman, reporter Dominic Patten, PMC senior vp Nic Paul, PMC senior sales director Cathy Goepfert, Awards/Line managing editor Anthony D’Alessandro and Awards/Line editor Christy Grosz.*

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Bylines

Since launch in 2009, TheWrap has proven to be a fertile training ground for entertainment journalists. Among the earliest examples of reporters who worked under Sharon Waxman before moving on to other outlets are Amy Kaufman (now with the LA Times), Josef Adalian (Vulture), Hunter Walker (New York Observer), Josh Dickey (Variety), Jeff Sneider (Variety) and Dominic Patten (Deadline).

Still, with the recent departure of Jason Scoggins, Cindy Kaplan and Joshua L. Weinstein for Film Funds LLC, the following photo now stands as a rather graphic representation of the kind of turnover Waxman (and others in the space like The Hollywood Reporter and the LA Times) must sometimes deal with. Of the ten people flanking Waxman in this April 1, 2011 birthday celebration snapshot obtained by FishbowlLA, only one person remains employed with the start-up company today.

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TheWrap’s Daniel Frankel Segues to PaidContent.org

It took some time, but PaidContent.org has finally found someone to step into the slot previously occupied by Andrew Wallenstein. Starting January 9, Daniel Frankel—formerly of TheWrap and Variety (pictured)—will take over as west coast based senior editor. His last day at TheWrap was December 30.

“PaidContent has been trying to establish a west coast operation for a while,” Frankel tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “We had some talks last spring and then continued talking. PaidContent also lost David Kaplan, so I will be doing some coverage of New York advertising and publishing as well.”

Frankel, who will be home-based, is familiar with that territory from his days with Adweek. He comes to PaidContent after a long stint at TheWrap as news editor and senior writer. After being laid off at Variety the same day as Mike Speier, Frankel began freelancing for the latter at TheWrap in May of 2009 and joined the website’s staff in October of that same year.

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TheWrap Goes to Court Against Former Employee

This Thursday afternoon at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown LA, Dominic Patten, former news editor at TheWrap, will square off in small claims against his one-time employer. At issue: a March 2011 payment of $2500 that Sharon Waxman‘s outfit insists was dispatched in error.

Per the May 17 filing: “Defendant provided services to this company for which he was mistakenly overpaid. Defendant refuses to return the money.”

When contacted by FishbowlLA, Patten said the alleged overpayment only came to TheWrap’s attention after he got in touch with them, post-employment, about never having received his 2010 tax filing documents. He received another bi-weekly payment following the disputed one, and was told at one point that a former accountant was responsible for the $2500 mistake. He believes, and will argue, that he is entitled to the money.

“This lawsuit has nothing to do with TheWrap or money,” Patten says. “It has everything to do with Sharon Waxman’s vindictiveness and anger.”

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