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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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Report: Billy Joel Sanctions an Authorized Biography [Updated]

For a time, Fred Schruers was a full-time member of TheWrap staff. He has since moved on to freelance feature writing and today is back on the site as part of an intriguing Sara Morrison item.

According to Morrison’s sources, Schruers will be helping singer Billy Joel write an upcoming authorized biography. You may recall that Joel previously agreed to write a memoir for Harper Collins in 2011 but then reneged:

Joel will work with the ghost writer of the [previously planned] autobiography, Schruers, on the book. One individual told TheWrap that Joel was inspired by the success of the authorized biography of Bruce Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin. Released in November 2012, Bruce was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

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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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Fired KTVU Producer Typo Brings Asiana Debacle Full Circle

And you really can’t blame Sara Morrison, formerly with CJR and currently contributing as a media reporter to TheWrap, for running with it in headline form:

That’s right, boys and girls. Reached via email by Morrison, one of the three fired KTVU producers insisted that their professional pedigree remains “intack.” Reading TheWrap story, it becomes clear that the person in question, former KTVU investigative projects producer Roland De Wolk, cranked out a too-quick, non-spell-checked missive:

“My hard-earned reputation is intack. There are lawyers, so eager as I am to anser all questions, I must refrain.”

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Fake @NIKKlFINKE Fools David Carr

The funniest thing in Sara Morrison’s Columbia Journalism Review interview with the LA prankster responsible for the Twitter parody account @NIKKlFINKE is the revelation that a New York Times reporter was and – to a certain extent, still is – caught in the crossfire.

The anonymous, faux Finke tells Morrison he has been surprised by the caliber of some of the people who have been fooled by his efforts. As an example, he cites the fact that he was straight-retweeted by NYT media reporter David Carr not long after July 21 launch:

The real Finke, when asked for comment, responded by email and then phone. Though most of the 25-minute conversation was off the record at her request, she did permit this: “David Carr, because of his sloppiness, could have damaged my credibility during an especially sensitive time of Hollywood reporting,” she says of his inadvertent retweet of fake Nikki Finke. “He owes me an apology.”

Carr responds: “I’d like to think of myself as a careful retweeter. It was a momentary lapse.”

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