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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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LA Weekly‘s “Lost” Riots Issue Now Online

But it can’t be found on the LA Weekly website. The issue is available for download through Los Angeles magazine, thanks to editor Mary Melton, who scanned the May 8, 1992 issue after the LA Weekly claimed the paper hadn’t covered the riots 20 years ago.

   

To date, the aforementioned LA Weekly blog post remains fiercely critical of the paper’s coverage in ’92, despite the revelation that they missed an entire issue dedicated to the riots, one they confess to not having read. Why a newspaper would choose trashing its own legacy over re-writing a blog post is beyond us.

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Los Angeles Magazine Nominated for Two Ellies

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced their finalists for the Ellies (the National Magazine Awards) Tuesday and Los Angeles magazine is a finalist in two categories.

“What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?” by Mike Kessler is a finalist in the reporting category and Steve Erickson in the columns and commentary category for his film reviews.

The Ellies will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis on May 3.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Kicks Off Season Of Wishes

makeasmall.jpgFishbowl LA is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation this year (See? We’re not all snark and bad manners). This puts us in a small, elite group of media sponsors:

KTTV-TV (FOX 11 LA), KSCI-TV (LA18), KOST-FM (103.5), Showtime Networks Inc., Multivu, PR Newswire, Cision, Los Angeles Magazine, Oversee.net, The Walt Disney Company

OK. Maybe not so small and elite. Still, we will be proudly reporting the wishes granted this holiday season — including one on Nov. 17 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, where Disney will grant one child his or her wish to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The Season of Wishes kicked off on Friday at The Grove, featuring the tales of various wish children and an appearance by Kiely Williams of The Cheetah Girls.

For those of you who are just visiting from Mars, Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Not even we can find snark in that. To wit:

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Nikki Finke to Return to the LAT? No, But LA Mag Thinks She Should

Los Angeles Magazine has a few suggestions for “fixing” the LAT — one of them being that the paper of record lure Nikki Finke away from her post at LA Weekly. A excerpt per Hollywood Wiretap:

She isn’t always accurate (but)…she is almost alone in conveying a palpable excitement about what the Industry is doing. She is all but alone in not treating it like it’s the aircraft industry or the car business. She makes you think movies matter and brings an appropriate — or at least wildly entertaining — moral indignation.

Finke takes the publication to task, telling us via e-mail:

“While I have not seen RJ.’s article, based on what you’re telling me, I suppose I’m flattered. But I’ve already been a staff writer for the LA Times, so my response is: been there, done that. Besides, I’m way too provocative for that place, and it gets you drop-kicked on your head by editors there. And I’d have to stop referring to the moguls as morons and assholes, so that’s no fun. But I do take strong issue with Smith’s ridiculous assertion that “she isn’t always accurate”. (C’mon, RJ, give me even one example. What’s that? You can’t?) It’s just not true, and he knows it.”

In a follow-up e-mail, she writes:

“I’ve been kinda nasty about los angeles magazine in recent months, so good for them for being able to look past that and pay me a compliment. but i won’t let up on them, either.”