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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GIBSON REGRETS ALL — INCLUDING BECOMING A STAR

April 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mel Gibson has suggested that he regrets ever having pursued fame as a movie star. In an interview with entertainment attorney-turned-showbiz journalist Allison Hope Weiner posted on DeadlineHollywood.com, Gibson says, “When I was younger and it first started to happen, there’s some kind of novelty to it in your twenties. You quickly realize before your […]

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 […]

CRITICS ON 83RD OSCARS: SAME OLD, SAME OLD

February 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

One would be hard-pressed to blame Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke’s early release of the full run-down of Sunday night’s Oscar telecast for the fact that not a single surprise materialized during the entire show. “Predictable” was the description used by many TV columnists in their assessment of the affair. Virtually all of the favorites won: best […]

NIKKI FINKE SENDS “CEASE AND DESIST” DEMAND TO SHARON WAXMAN

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The ongoing rivalry between Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com and Sharon Waxman’s TheWrap.com for the eyes of Hollywood’s cognoscenti took a new turn Wednesday as Mail.com Media Corporation, owner of Finke’s website, fired off a “cease and desist” notice to TheWrap.com, accusing it of engaging in a “continuous pattern of misappropriating content from Deadline.com.” In a separate […]

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