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Nikki Finke ‘Locked Out’ of Deadline, Planned Exit Gets More Tumultuous (Daily Beast / Sexy Beast)
Late Thursday night, Hollywood’s breaking news czar Nikki Finke made the most decided confirmation yet that she is planning to leave Deadline.com and sever ties with Jay Penske, who bought the site in 2009 and notoriously angered Finke by also buying one of her site’s major competitors, Variety, in 2012. Under her guidance, Deadline earned a reputation for breaking Hollywood’s biggest news while ruthlessly covering the industry’s players. “I am building out NikkiFinke.com and will unveil it right after the new year,” she tweeted. “Can’t wait to report the real truth about Hollywood.” The kinks, apparently, weren’t worked out throughout the course of the day Friday, as Finke claimed in a series of tweets Friday afternoon that, at least temporarily, she had been locked out of her site, unable to post as normal, and suspected that Penske was purposely blocking her from Deadline. Defamer Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. makes it clear that while Finke was not locked out of the site as she claims, she has been restricted to editing only her own posts. He also goes on to say that Finke was indeed banned from tweeting Deadline feeds on her own Twitter page, so as to avoid “distractions and diversions” — likely from Finke sharing her side of the story. The Atlantic Wire Now Finke has to figure a way out of her contract with Penske while legally maintaining her right to build a new website that will compete directly with Deadline. That fight will be a difficult one for Finke to win. But as the attacks continue, the knives get bloodier and more bodies are left in this conflict’s wake, eventually Penske will have to step in. FishbowlNY At the moment, things seem to be back to box-office-analysis normal. Or at least as “normal” as it gets when Finke is involved.