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OWNER OF NIKKI FINKE SITE SUES THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Penske Media Corporation (PMC), owner of Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com and other media-related websites, has made good on its threat to sue the Hollywood Reporter for copyright infringement. The suit accuses the trade publication of resorting on an almost daily basis, to “the outright theft of intellectual property, including but not limited to whole articles, content, […]

HOLLYWOOD NEWS SERVICE TO LAUNCH ON ION

August 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s a new entrant into the crowded field of Hollywood news reporting on TV. The Wall Street Journal reported today (Wednesday) that Jay Penske’s PMC media company, which owns Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com, is teaming with the ION Television network to produce short-form features on topics ranging from celebrity scandals to box-office reporting that will air […]

CONAN WRITER ASSESSES THE MOVIE’S CRASH

August 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Working on a movie that flops is like working on a political campaign in which the candidate is trounced, according to Sean Hood, who worked as a script doctor on last weekend’s turkey, Conan the Barbarian. In an amusing yet poignant article that was picked up in its entirety by Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com website after […]

ACTION-FILM DIRECTOR RATNER TO CO-PRODUCE OSCARS

August 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In the latest head-scratching move to revitalize the annual Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that action-movie director Brett Ratner will co-produce next year’s show with veteran Don Mischer. In a statement, Academy President Tom Sherak said that Ratner is “unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks […]

CBS KEEPING MUM ABOUT SHEEN’S EXIT

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS is scheduled to discuss its fall lineup with members of the Television Critics Assn. in Beverly Hills today (Wednesday), but it has no plans to reveal how it intends to dispose of Charlie Sheen’s character on Two and a Half Men and introduce his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, TV writers attending the annual press event […]

NIKKI FINKE SLAMS DOOR ON DEPARTING SALES EXEC

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke has greeted word that Lynne Segall is quitting MMC, Deadline’s corporate parent, to become publisher of The Hollywood Reporter with a 1,300-word “good riddance.” While calling Segall “a tireless ad sales machine with great Hollywood connections,” she accused her of ethical offenses that jeopardized the integrity of her website. As soon as […]

SUPER 8 TRACKING POORLY

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Providing yet another justification for studios to keep churning out sequels of successful movies, New York magazine is reporting that J.J. Abrams’s Super 8, one of the few original blockbusters being released this summer, is tracking poorly. Citing figures from NRG tracking polls, New York said that only one in three moviegoers is expressing “definite […]

COWELL ENDORSES TWO MORE X FACTOR JUDGES

April 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Although he says he’s still open to other possibilities and deals have not been completed, Simon Cowell has told Deadline.com blogger Nikki Finke that he expects singers Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole will join producer L.A. Reid and himself on the judging panel of the U.S. version of The X Factor when it debuts in […]

WGA QUICKLY AGREES TO NEW DEAL

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers turned out to be a far cry from the acrimony and tumult that marked the talks in 2007, which led to a strike that shut down TV production for 100 days. According to published reports, the negotiators sidestepped the […]

FINKE-WAXMAN FEUD MAY BE HEADING TO COURT

March 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The long-simmering feud between Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com and Sharon Waxman’s TheWrap.com appeared to be heading toward litigation as TheWrap’s attorney fired off a letter to Deadline’s corporate parent accusing it of violating antitrust laws and engaging in unfair competition and “trade libel.” The letter from famed entertainment attorney Bert Fields came in response to a […]

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