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Nikki Finke Hires Variety Vet To Helm Deadline New York

Ever since Nikki Finke sold her blog Deadline Hollywood Daily to Mail.com Media Corp. in June, we’ve been looking forward to see who she would hire as New York editor as Deadline expands to become a bicoastal pub.

Last night Finke announced that she had chosen Mike Fleming, a 20-year Variety veteran, to helm her East Coast operations, to be called Deadline New York. She’s also brought on Tim Adler to lead Deadline London.

As editor of Deadline New York, Fleming will cover “film and television dealmaking and production and casting,” and is looking forward to “expand[ing] his turf by breaking news and offering analysis about books, media, TV news, theater, and other Gotham-based infotainment arenas.”

Fleming’s hiring has tongues wagging all over Hollywood, reports our sister pub FishbowlLA. His departure might mark the end of Variety‘s relevance, but it looks like Deadline.com will now be getting a whole new set of readers. New York media watchers, take note.

Read the full press release here.

Previously: Nikki Finke’s Looking To Hire NY-Based Reporter

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HollywoodLife.com Snags Another NY Gossip Columnist

Laura Schreffler.jpgBonnie Fuller continues to beef up the staff of her Mail.com Media Corp.-owned celeb Web site HollywoodLife.

Just a few weeks after picking up Page Six reporter Corynne Steindler from The New York Post, Fuller has hired New York Daily News Gatecrasher columnist Laura Schreffler to serve as West Coast bureau chief. Before joining the Daily News, Schreffler worked as lifestyle editor at OK! magazine.

Fuller’s other recent hires include Will Lee, former New York bureau chief of TMZ.com. Lee was hired in September to serve as HollywoodLife’s executive editor, and he will work out of the publication’s Los Angeles office with Schreffler.

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Nikki Finke Blasts New Yorker Profile

 deadline logo.jpgYesterday, The New Yorker published a lengthy profile of Deadline Hollywood Daily blogger Nikki Finke.

The article — which name-checks some of the biggest players in Hollywood, muses on Finke’s possible sources, describes her home office and even gets the woman of the hour on the record — is woven through with an interesting discourse about the state of journalism and reporting on Hollywood in the Internet age and Finke’s own method:

“Finke’s code is the Hollywood code. She is for hard work, big box-office, stars who remain loyal to their agents and publicists, and the little guy — until, that is, the big guy chats her up. Then she’s for that big guy until some other big guy calls to stick it to the first big guy. And this, too, is the Hollywood code: relationships are paramount but provisional. One executive observes that people who heed Finke’s call to snark about their competitors shouldn’t get too comfortable: ‘The idea is, The lion won’t eat me if I throw it another Christian. It works for a day, but you’re going back to the Colosseum soon.’”

Almost immediately, Finke posted her take on the article: a blistering take-down of the New Yorker, pointing out that the piece “didn’t lay a glove on me.” Finke said writer Tad Friend was “easy to manipulate,” and claimed she bitchslapped editor-in-chief David Remnick, “especially during the very slipshod factchecking process.” She had made the venerable magazine her “buttboy” — a favorite phrase of hers.

The article is also missing some key information on Deadline Hollywood Daily, such as how much Finke is said to have received when she sold her site to Jay Penske‘s Mail.com Media Corp. earlier this year or recent plans to expand the site. All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka is on the case, asking questions about why Finke has still has not named a New York correspondent she had planned to appoint around the end of the summer:

“For the record, in late June, Finke said she’d have a New York correspondent hired within three months; four weeks ago, Penske told me said correspondent was going to be signed within two weeks. What’s the status now? ‘Not ready to comment right now,’ Finke says via email.”

We’re getting restless waiting to see who Finke will chose to lead her East Coast division. There’s certainly no one who could match her brutal style and flippant attitude. But we’d like to see them try.

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Finke’s New Site Awaits New York Writer

DeadlineCom.jpgEarlier this summer we advised you to get your resumes ready because after selling her breaking news Web site DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com to Mail.com Media Corp. (MMC), Nikki Finke was looking for a New York-based reporter.

Just over two months after the MMC acquisition was announced, Finke’s site has been relaunched as Deadline.com and Finke is welcoming a new contributor, our colleagues at WebNewser report.

In her comments about the new site this morning, Finke said immediate editorial plans include a Deadline New York senior editor/writer. Contributors in London, Paris, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Sydney are up next, she said. We can’t wait to see who Finke has brought on.

WebNewser: Deadline Hollywood Daily Rebrands As Deadline.com, Nears New Hire

Earlier: Get Your Resumes Ready, Nikki Finke’s Looking To Hire NY-Based Reporter

Get Your Resumes Ready, Nikki Finke’s Looking To Hire NY-Based Reporter

dhd.pngOur sister blog FishbowlLA has news that “infotainment” columnist Nikki Finke has sold her breaking news Web site DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com to Mail.com Media Corp. (MMC), “the digital media company that owns and operates the Mail.com portal and email service as well as a growing portfolio of lifestyle brands, including HollywoodLife.com, MovieLine.com and OnCars.com.”

But the far more interesting part of the deal’s announcement — to us in New York that is — is that Finke plans to use this acquisition to expand her organization into a bicoastal affair.

“Within the first 90 days, DHD will become bicoastal with the hiring of a New York City-based senior journalist who will report to Finke,” the company said in a press release published on DHD.

Let the speculation begin: Who will be Finke’s East coast counterpart?