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Harvey Levin Lunches at the National Press Club

Although Harvey Levin may not have yet launched satellite arm TMZ DC, he was at the National Press Club today as the organization’s luncheon keynote speaker. On the dais, Levin was joined by reporters from AP, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal and more.

Levin decided to change up what he had planned on speaking about, because of an earlier speech today to “depressed” media students at George Washington University. He noted that there had been a debate among professors as to whether Levin should even be invited to the college:

“It’s not the subject matter that’s covered, it’s how it’s covered. TMZ is a news operation that uses the same skills and standards that I used as a working journalist at various news operations… I want to talk about the delivery system. Because that’s what’s relevant, that’s what’s important.”

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Splash News Tees Up Weekly TV Show

In what amounts to the closest variation yet of TMZ’s syndicated weekday program, Splash News will be at next month’s MIPCOM conference in Cannes to sell a new weekly show called SPLASH TV.

It’s unclear whether the Splash show will feature the celebrity photo agency’s equivalent to ice tea-sipping Harvey Levin. But the gist of the upcoming program, per today’s press release, sounds remarkably similar:

The half-hour television magazine series features the latest in celebrity news with exclusive footage captured by Splash News’ army of Hollywood digital papparazzi [sic].

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TMZ, Radar Steer Clear of New Group Hollywood Leaks

Launched August 19 via Twitter, the self-proclaimed Anonymous hacker group offshoot Hollywood Leaks has so far busted into Julianne Hough‘s cell phone, the email account of a cast member of the upcoming Tom Cruise movie Rock of Ages and, most notably over the weekend, the cell phone of rapper Kreayshawn.

Considering that this gang is in the business of sharing the same kind of illicit celebrity materials as TMZ and Radar Online, without occasionally having to negotiate a purchase price or pay a licensing fee, it would be interesting to read a tweet from Harvey Levin about Hollywood Leaks or get some kind of POV from the National Enquirer adjacent Radar reporters. But so far, no such luck.

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TMZ Still Figuring Out 64-Mile Beltway Zone Plans

Patrick Gavin at Politico noticed that TMZ has recently been sprinkling its website celebrity scroll with a few more Beltway bits. So he decided to check in with site maestro Harvey Levin to find out whatever happened to those grandiose plans for TMZ DC, to go along with the other vertical that has launched, TMZ Sports.

Levin confirms that he is still interested in bringing the gotcha show to DC, but that he is a ways off from opening an actual Beltway office. He points to the site’s recent coverage of Republican Congressman Aaron Schock (pictured) as the way it needs to go:

“That’s a blueprint for what we can do. We took this guy that was a freshman Congressman and I think, if you talk to him, I think he’ll tell you that we did help launch him as something of a star… I think it shows that we have a place and we can do something. It’s not going to be a policy site, but we can do a personality site.”

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Harvey Levin Now Officially the King of All Media

Thanks to a new deal with Premiere Networks that went live June 20, Harvey Levin has crossed over into the final, retro media frontier: radio.

TMZ Radio airs Monday through Friday as two separate one-minute installments, with Levin touching on the day’s latest celebrity news headlines. It can be heard locally on KBIG-FM and via some 50 other stations around the country. Befitting TMZ’s status as a one-man brand, the “About Harvey Levin” section in today’s press release clocks in at 345 words, longer than the body-text portion of the release.

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New York Times Critic Continues Love Affair with TMZ TV

It’s dangerous, when you’re a media critic for the leading newspaper in the U.S., to wear your tabloid feelings on your sleeve. But that’s what David Carr at the New York Times has been doing for some time now with regards to TMZ’s syndicated TV show.

Earlier this spring, Carr tweeted the following gushy observation:

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TMZ, Radar Online Chase Down Exclusive Schwarzenegger Details

The twin terrors of online celebrity journalism, TMZ and Radar Online, are doing their best to get to the bottom of the Schwarzenegger love child story.

According to what is being billed as a joint investigation by Radar and Star magazine, the intimation in Schwarzenegger’s statement earlier this week that he confessed his parental transgression to his wife is false. It was allegedly the other way around: Maria Shriver interrogated the housekeeper about some long-held suspicions and confronted Arnold after learning the truth.

Meanwhile, Harvey Levin and co. have unearthed what appears to be a very damning money trail. According to loan documents obtained by the site, Schwarzenegger transferred $5,000 and then $60,000 from a personal bank account in the spring of 2010 to be used as a down payment on the housekeeper’s home.

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Zsa Zsa’s Daughter Waits for ‘Dreaded Call from AP Obit Reporter’

If not for the Schwarzenegger love child scandal, the plight of Constance Francesca Hilton, a woman who–according to her mother Zsa Zsa Gabor‘s autobiography was the result of “rape” by Conrad Hilton–would be getting a much larger share of media attention this week.

Former LA Times staff writer Lorenza Muñoz lays out the current sad state of affairs for mother and Gabor’s only daughter via a Daily Beast article chock full of interesting media and publicist tidbits. Front and center is the cozy relationship between Gabor’s ninth husband, Frederic von Anhalt (pictured), and TMZ:

Through his spokesman John Blanchette, von Anhalt, denies that he has a paid relationship with the tabloid TMZ. However, he is friendly with TMZ founder Harvey Levin and did agree to opening up the couple’s Bel Air mansion for public viewing on the new TMZ tour of celebrity homes, said Blanchette.

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Meet the Only TMZ.com Staffer with a Byline

Who is Johnny Lopez? He’s a writer-producer at TMZ who has been on board with Harvey Levin since the website’s earliest days.

He’s also basically the only guy, besides Harvey, who gets to byline items at TMZ.com rather than be herded under the generic moniker of “TMZ staff.” This morning, his latest blurb is about how last night’s American Idol telecast dealt with Lady Gaga‘s clear-plastic penis heels:

When Gaga appeared on the show, producers smacked an Idol logo over her sexually explicit stilettos because they each had a Lucite penis for a heel. The porno pumps by London fashion brand Void of Course may be racy but they ain’t cheap… They retail for over $4500.

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TMZ Live Goes to Satellite Radio

With its TV show already a success, TMZ is about to launch its own one-hour satellite radio show called TMZ Live on Sirius XM Radio. Hosted by TMZ founder Harvey Levin, the show will be staged inside TMZ’s Hollywood studio and will be a simulcast of the daily entertainment newscast Levin puts out daily on TMZ.com. The show consists of Levin and his staff riffing on the latest entertainment news and celebrity gossip.

“A lot of our users are watching TMZ Live on their computers at work,” Levin said in a release. “Now they’ll be able to get in their cars and continue to listen on SiriusXM on their way home.”

The show will air from 3-4 PM West Coast time on Sirius XM channel 107.

 

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