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El Mayimbe Guests on Meet the Movie Press

For the past few months, Schmoesknow.com EIC Mark Reilly and TheWrap film reporter Jeff Sneider have been getting together each Friday to Meet the Movie Press. The one-hour podcast, which highlights the business of breaking Hollywood scoops, is anchored around weekly conversations with fellow entertainment journalists like Justin Kroll (Variety), Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Alex Billington (First Showing).

This week’s MTMP guest is Umberto Gonzalez, a.k.a. El Mayimbe, from the website Latino Review. Gonzalez, who recently staked a new claim on the other side of the film-reporting fence, began the conversation by talking about his recent Matt Damon/Jason Bourne scoop and his background in New York independent film production.

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TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider Fires Back

JeffSneiderTwitterProfilePicHaving sparked and now read our earlier item featuring less-than-complimentary words from Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr., Jeff Sneider has some less-than-complimentary words of his own.

“Mike Fleming is a f*cking loser,” TheWrap senior film reporter tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “I used to look up to Mike Fleming. Now, I pity him.”

“Mike Fleming asks, ‘What purpose is served rebroadcasting news broken elsewhere?’” Sneider continues. “Well, that is called the news, Mike. You don’t own it. And not everyone in Hollywood thinks that this is the case. Not everyone reads Deadline, a fact reflected by its now sagging numbers. More people now read TheWrap and Jeff Sneider than Deadline and Mike Fleming.”

“Every story that goes on thewrap.com under my byline is independently confirmed. So we don’t need to copy stories from Mike Fleming, because I have my own sources. And I also credit Deadline for every one of the news breaks. You can look at our Toronto coverage and see.”

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Deadline EIC Responds to a Rival’s Accusations

On Twitter yesterday and today, TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider questioned the integrity of an item posted by Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr.

Initially, he mocked Fleming for labeling as exclusive some project news involving Michael Eisner‘s Tornante Company . Then, less forcefully, Sneider noted and wondered about the deletion of the Deadline item in question.

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Hollywood Trade #IceBucketChallenge Devolves Into Twitter War

LAObserved got the ball rolling with some media coverage of TheWrap’s August 18 #icebucketchallenge and the admittedly funny visual of site founder Sharon Waxman seeming not to get wet while underlings to her left and right did.

However, as Waxman subsequently tweeted – and LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick updated – she did in fact sustain collateral ice-cube damage. The lack of an SW torrent was the result of TheWrap’s decision to opt, in drought-stricken SoCal, for the most optimally water-supply-friendly route.

But it is on Twitter where the real cold water was poured on TheWrap. After TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider did not take kindly to the LAObserved coverage, he got into it with David Poland (Movie City News) and Kristopher Tapley (HitFix/In Contention), both of whom with Poland harshly criticizing the above video. [Editor's Note: Tapley has taken exception with my characterization; please see comments, below.] Also chiming in more neutrally: Sneider’s former colleague Josh Dickey, now with Mashable, and Wall Street Journal film reporter Joe Flint.

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New York Magazine Charts Finke-Penske Ups, Downs

BenjaminWallacePicAmong the many fascinating revelations in the New York magazine feature by Benjamin Wallace (pictured) about the evolution of Nikki Finke‘s relationship with Jay Penske is the way she helped her PMC boss drive down the acquisition price of Variety, the property that would eventually prove to be their Deadline Hollywood undoing:

Finke says she advised Penske on how to game the bidding by telling friendly reporters the other bidders were overpaying for it, in order to scare them off. Soon after a Los Angeles Times article to this effect was published, Ron Burkle dropped out.

[Editor's note: Burkle reportedly walked away after his substantially lower offer than Penske's eventual purchase price was rejected.]

Adding to the noteworthiness of this particular New York magazine passage is the fact that the LAT article in question appears to have been written by none other than Patrick Goldstein, author of a Los Angeles magazine profile of Finke and co. that went online last Thursday. In the portion of the Los Angeles magazine article where Goldstein discloses his personal relationships with trade players, he begins the summary of his Nikki dealings with, ‘Finke and I have been friendly for years.’ Apparently so.

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Deadline Deems TheWrap Staffer an ‘Attention-Starved Douche’

DeadlineHollywoodlogoIs all fair in love and Hollywood trades war? That’s the lingering question in the wake of a brief Thursday Deadline item about east and west coast promotions at CAA.

Under normal circumstances, the exceptional aspect of this Deadline post would be the approving comment left by “Her Dad” for Jessica Graboff, now an agent in NYC in CAA’s Commercial Endorsements department. But trade watchers instead were buzzing about the insult thrown Jeff Sneider‘s way from “The Deadline Team” (bolding is ours):

CAA this morning announced six promotions to either agent or executive. We were prepared to honor the agency’s ask for an embargo on a wide release, but an attention-starved douche at another outlet jumped that so here it is.

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Pair of Columbia J-School Alums Officially Join TheWrap

All sorts of good things are happening at TheWrap this first week of September. On Tuesday, the Hollywood industry-focused outlet launched a complete overhaul of its website, an iteration being referred to as 3.0. In addition, a pair of recent Columbia journalism school grads who had been interning over the summer have both been promoted to full-time status.

TV reporter Tony Maglio, who graduated from Columbia this spring, started in a full-time capacity on Tuesday. He holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Monmouth University, and in fact was working in accounting and finance before he decided to make the transition via Columbia to reporting.

“I cannot believe I actually get to write about television for a living,” Maglio tells FishbowlNY. “And I could not have hand-picked a better place to officially kick off my journalism career than TheWrap!”

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Josh Dickey’s Tenure at TMZ Lasts All of Three Months

TMZ founder Harvey Levin can be a demanding boss. His ability to ferret out stories, sources and exclusives in a telephone manner that is second-to-none creates exceedingly high expectations for all those who work alongside him in the 24/7 newsroom.

Did the Levin horizon of journalism deliverables have something to do with the exit in late June of Josh Dickey (pictured), hired as TMZ.com managing editor just a few months earlier? Probably.

This morning, just as TheWrap provided a friendly, familiar home for fired Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider, it is now also the new place of re-employ for Sneider’s old boss. Dickey has rejoined Sharon Waxman‘s operation as managing editor, bumping Joseph Kapsch up to Lisa Fung‘s vacated executive editor slot.

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Dickey, Sneider Cut the Ribbon at TMZ, TheWrap

For Josh Dickey, Day One as managing editor of TMZ.com involved among other things the business of another Jenna Jameson arrest. In the case of his recent Variety charge Jeff Sneider, who officially returns next Monday to former employer TheWrap, the purview is much closer to the one he used to patrol at 5900 Wilshire Blvd.

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Inquiring WEHOville Minds Want to Know: Is WeHo News Going Out of Business?

Thanks to a brief but complicated pre-launch history linking Henry Scott’s WEHOville.com to Ryan Gierach’s WeHo News, the gloves are always quick to come off whenever these two outlets get tangled up in the same story. The latest example involves an April 1 Gierach exclusive, WEHOville’s quick response and a subsequent WeHo News April 2-3 rebuttal.

The WeHo News articles pertain to some serious business: a West Hollywood city councilman’s alleged misuse of a credit card and Gierach’s accusations that he has been libeled by his cross-town competitor. But there’s also a more light-hearted side-note element that we had to share.

According to Gierach, Scott twice emailed him (in December 2012 and March 2013) to ask whether rumors of WeHo News’ demise were true and offer, generously (?), to cover this developing story. From the 4/2-3 WeHo News item:

Scott has sent WeHo News emails that stated “Rumor going around… that you are no longer publishing. True? If so, care to comment? We’d be happy to do a story…”

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