Screenwriter Rips Economic Crisis For VF

By | Sunday September 13, 2009 @ 2:42pm PDT

100-to-blame-220pxVanity Fair stopped writing incisively about Hollywood a long time ago when Graydon Carter realized he had too many Tinseltown friends (and didn’t want to piss them off). Yet Graydon surprisingly hired a Hollywood screenwriter to pen The 100 To Blame charting the villains — people, … Read More »

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We Interrupt Showbiz For This Reminder…

By | Wednesday September 9, 2009 @ 5:29am PDT

“There is a myth that people are looking for sound-bites and celebrity and that this has led to a growing demand for and acceptance of commoditized news output that speaks to the lowest common denominator. The reality is that there is a growing demand among the educated for intelligent news, … Read More »

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Billboard Drops Pay Wall: Charts Now Free

By | Wednesday July 22, 2009 @ 4:03pm PDT

So who isn’t wondering whether this a harbinger of things to come for The Hollywood Reporter and other Nielsen Business Media properties? According to a post on BillboardBiz, consumers can access every Hot 100 and Billboard 200 chart at zero cost as the music trade paper knocks down the pay … Read More »

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Bonnie Fuller To Run HollywoodLife.com

By | Thursday July 16, 2009 @ 3:15pm PDT

MMC, the company that recently acquired my Deadline Hollywood Daily and my services to run it, is expanding yet again. Love her or hate her, Bonnie Fuller is undeniably a high profile “get” for MMC and its boss Jay … Read More »

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DreamWorks’ Reliance On PR Offensive…

By | Tuesday July 14, 2009 @ 5:15pm PDT

I’m told that Mumbai’s Reliance folks are making the rounds of New York media this week — they wanted a meeting with The New York Times, for instance, and hit up Fortune for a puff piece  – in advance of the announcement that DreamWorks 2.0 has secured its lender … Read More »

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Ray Richmond Exits Hollywood Reporter

By | Thursday June 18, 2009 @ 4:28pm PDT

This is a surprise since he’d been at the trade for 9 1/2 years as a TV critic, columnist, blogger, feature writer and contract employee. His TV column and reviews and blog had disappeared a few months back at his … Read More »

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DHD = Moviemakers’ 50 Best Websites

By | Thursday June 11, 2009 @ 1:12pm PDT

I’m pleased to tell you that Deadline Hollywood Daily was named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Best Websites for Moviemakers.” The full article is not yet available.

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Ex-Time Warner’s Gerry Levin Still An Ass

By | Wednesday June 10, 2009 @ 6:58pm PDT

Who is he fooling? The whole time Gerry Levin was chairman of Time Warner, and then AOL Time Warner, he kept complaining about how Warner Bros chairmen Bob Daly and Terry Semel were making more extravagant salary, bonuses, and other compensation … Read More »

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Another Bloodbath At Hollywood Reporter

By | Wednesday June 3, 2009 @ 3:15pm PDT

UPDATE: I’m told there were 10 staffers sacked, including associate publisher Rose Einstein and art director Deeann Hoff and internatonal editor Chad Williams, and the two luxury brand reps in LA & in NY. As one of my tipsters explains: “Don’t miss the … Read More »

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Fox 411′s Fired Roger Friedman Joins THR

By | Monday May 18, 2009 @ 5:19am PDT

Well, this is a surprise: The Hollywood Reporter announced today it has hired gossip columnist Roger Friedman as a senior correspondent “to beef up its coverage of the celebrity world and how it intersects with and influences the business of … Read More »

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Kit Rachlis Leaves As LA Magazine Editor

By | Saturday May 16, 2009 @ 12:30pm PDT

Deborah Paul, Emmis Publishing EVP/Editorial Director, appointed Los Angeles magazine’s executive editor Mary Melton to replace Rachlis, who’d been in the top spot since June 2000. He said he was “restless” and his last day is June 26th.

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Variety Taking Bite Out Of Big Apple? UPDATE: Publisher Brian Gott Says No

By | Saturday May 16, 2009 @ 12:08pm PDT

UPDATE: Variety publisher Brian Gott just called me from Cannes and says there is no truth that Variety is very seriously contemplating any closure of the NY office. Variety sources were telling me that they were expecting the essential closure of the NY office except for Broadway coverage. (Michael Fleming works from … Read More »

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Mass Layoffs At OK! Magazine

By | Tuesday May 12, 2009 @ 8:30am PDT

Even celebrity magazines are hurting in this recession. According to news reports on Gawker and other websites, Katie Caperton, the former copy editor who recently became the magazine’s 3rd editor in 8 months, has been let go from OK! Magazine along with senior staff including the managing editor, the … Read More »

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We Won’t Have ‘Portfolio’ To Kick Around

By | Monday April 27, 2009 @ 2:04pm PDT

I can’t believe that Condé Nast’s business mag Portfolio has shut down without even yanking editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman and trying a new topper. (Like Peter Kaplan.) That sadly leaves a lot of good writers jobless, but hopefully they’ll snag contracts with other Condé Nast publications. (Like Amy Wallace.) I said … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Relativity & Lionsgate Ink Deal

By | Monday April 27, 2009 @ 9:41am PDT

I first reported this on March 27th (Lionsgate About To Do Big Relativity Deal). It took Variety until April 13th to even confirm it. Here’s today’s announcement:

SANTA MONICA, CA (April 27, 2009) – LIONSGATE® (NYSE:

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Thanks, ‘Back Stage’ Readers

By | Friday April 24, 2009 @ 10:02am PDT

Back Stage has conducted its annual readers’ choice survey this year, including “favorite industry blog” as a category. And Deadline Hollywood Daily was named the readers’ favorite. So thank you, thank you, thank you, to all the actors who are staying tuned to DHD. Look for the May 14th issue … Read More »

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Peter Bart In Variety Shakeup: Tim Gray Now Put Solely In Charge Of Newsroom; Insiders Say Bart “Essentially Up & Out”

By | Sunday April 5, 2009 @ 5:57pm PDT

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Last night, I received word that Editor in Chief Peter Bart was being moved aside at Variety after 20 years. Naturally, I fanned out calls to all the trade bigwigs. Today, I phoned Variety editor … Read More »

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SUNDAY SOUR GRAPES? Peter Bart Not Consulted When His RBI/Variety Group Bosses Called Me Recently To Buy DHD

By | Monday March 23, 2009 @ 2:32pm PDT

Peter Bart published in Sunday’s Weekly Variety three separate hit pieces on me. Since I did not sign a non-disclosure agreement, I am free to tell Hollywood why he did it: On February 27th, Neil Stiles, the president and publisher of Variety Group, called me saying Reed Business Information CEO Tad Smith was pushing … Read More »

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DHD Advisory: Playing The Studio Game

By | Monday March 2, 2009 @ 5:18pm PST

On the Hollywoodland* back page of Los Angeles magazine is a how-to game entitled, “You’re The Next Studio Head”.  I was surprised to see that the last stop was, “PAYDAY!!! Nikki Finke doesn’t hate you. ADVANCE TO WIN!!!”

Nonsense. If you’re winning the game in this economic crisis by laying off and cutting costs, … Read More »

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