Mags Get Burned While Graydon Fiddles

By | Friday February 20, 2009 @ 4:14pm PST

Here are reasons to bypass Graydon Carter’s dumbass Oscar party in West Hollywood on Sunday: sources are telling that Vanity Fair reserved an entire spa during Oscar week just so that advertisers could have access to free treatments. Snarks the blog: “Does it make sense for Si Newhouse to be paying for … Read More »

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Variety Rearranges Deck Chairs On Titanic

By | Thursday February 19, 2009 @ 5:11pm PST

Variety has a new publisher, Brian Gott, tapped by Variety Group president Neil Stiles who relinquishes the publisher title to “focus more of my attention on longer-term planning”. The announcement says Gott in his new role will handle day-to-day management of such areas as licensing, strategic partnerships, brand extension, and … Read More »

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UPDATE: Variety Layoffs Starting Today

By | Monday January 26, 2009 @ 1:25pm PST

This is a sad “toldja”. Neil Stiles is still working through telling people. But I’m told my number of 30 was “in the ball park and included some corporate and central resources who work across the division”. Also, Stiles is still reviewing what to do with Weekly Variety. He’s sure it will … Read More »

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Variety Staff Layoffs Coming This Week (Plus, Bart vs DeBalko Feud Brewing; Is B&C’s Grossman Going To Replace Bart?); B&C Downsizing To Standard Magazine

By | Sunday January 25, 2009 @ 9:30pm PST

UPDATE: Variety Layoffs Starting Today

I first received word that chief marketing officer Madelyn Hammond left Variety on Friday. This was her second go-round at the trade after being associate publisher and rejoining in December 2007. “I can’t believe they let … Read More »

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In Variety We Can’t Trust…

By | Tuesday January 13, 2009 @ 9:29am PST

How absurd has Variety‘s Industry cheerleading become? Its headline says “Golden Globes Solid In Ratings” … yet goes on to report this year’s show “repped the lowest scores for a regular ceremony since NBC began airing it in 1996″. UPDATE: After I posted this, changed its headline to “Globes Still Struggling … Read More »

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Mika Out, Einstein In, As THR Publisher?

By | Friday December 19, 2008 @ 9:40am PST

UPDATE: Lots of insiders have been telling me all week that Eric Mika is out as publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. Or is that just wishful thinking? (Remember, this guy was once described to me as “a prick with all the … Read More »

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Tribune Co Bankruptcy Looking Imminent

By | Sunday December 7, 2008 @ 1:30pm PST

The rumors about Sam Zell’s Tribune Co about to file for bankruptcy, maybe as soon as this week, are really heating up in the financial press. (See Yet more angst for the TV stations, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. Ugh.

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UPDATE: Layoffs Gut Hollywood Reporter; Variety’s Stylephile Victim Of Recession

By | Thursday December 4, 2008 @ 3:29pm PST

My sympathies go out to all who are losing their jobs. I now have been given names from today’s tragic bloodletting of The Hollywood Reporter‘s staff. The trade has not only been thin, but only publishing digital version 19 days this holiday season. … Read More »

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Vanity Fair Going Ahead With Oscar Party

By | Tuesday November 25, 2008 @ 7:34am PST

vanityfairparty.jpgFew in Hollywood thought Vanity Fair would dare restart its annual Oscar party in this lousy economy after cancelling it last time around because of the writers strike. (We could hope, right?) But Graydon Carter just announced: ”Vanity Fair will … Read More »

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Focus’ James Schamus Fires Back At THR

By | Wednesday October 29, 2008 @ 2:33pm PDT

James Schamus is really pissed at that Hollywood Reporter story carried by Reuters yesterday on the eve of the San Francisco premiere dissing the marketing strategy to supposedly not focus on the political significance of Focus Features’ Milk. Here’s the complaint Schamus sent to the trade:

To the Editor:

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DHD Advisory: Elle’s 25 And Heeb’s 100

By | Monday October 6, 2008 @ 5:10pm PDT


I’ve made Elle magazine’s 25 most influential women in Hollywood list that’s due out any day for the November issue. Tonight, the mag holds its 15th annual “Women In Hollywood” celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills: it’s always a great feminist event… And I’ve made HeebRead More »

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Variety Fires Half Its NYC Sales Office; Reed Elsevier Info’s Bidders Down To 3

By | Thursday October 2, 2008 @ 6:10pm PDT

I’m told that Variety president and publisher Neil Stiles is “realigning” the NYC sales office. Insides say he’s let three people go, which is half the sales force there. Plans are to replace one of the sales people and to hire a … Read More »

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Ron Meyer’s Queen-For-A-Day Moment…

By | Tuesday July 29, 2008 @ 5:24pm PDT

The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “Leadership” issue features Ron Meyer tomorrow — and the usual sycophantic gushing about his 13 years as prez/COO of Universal Studios all the while equating the release of Bruce Almighty with curing cancer. Geez, I always thought the 63-year-old former marine was one … Read More »

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Goldstein On Finke; Finke On Goldstein

By | Wednesday June 25, 2008 @ 12:40pm PDT

I was surprised to see what the Los Angeles Times‘ Patrick Goldstein said in today’s New York Observer under the headline, “Make Nice, Nikki: L.A. Times Starts Hollywood Blog”:

When asked what blogs he reads, the first one Mr. Goldstein cited by name was Deadline Hollywood Daily, by Nikki Finke. … Read More »

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Furious Horror Film Fans Target Lionsgate

I give TV and movie fans a lot of credit: when they get mad, they scare the crap out of the moguls. That’s happening at Lionsgate where the studio’s phones and email accounts are jammed with angry fans for the past week. They’re … Read More »

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Thank You, Vanity Fair…

By | Friday June 13, 2008 @ 12:07pm PDT


Vanity Fair magazine has created a Blogopticon which charts the tone and content of what it considers ”the most influential or amusing blogs” vying for the attention of the world’s billion-plus Web surfers. The sites are categorized along four attributes: “news” vs “opinion”, “earnest” vs “scurrilous”, … Read More »

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UPDATE: “TV Guide Getting Gutted Today”

By | Wednesday April 30, 2008 @ 2:17pm PDT

(I’ve woven in more info…) Add TV Guide to the long list of publications undergoing massive downsizing. It’s yet another sign of the shifting fortunes of TV in general along with the downsizing in network pilots and upfronts etc. An insider tells me … Read More »

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Am I Still Worthy? Vote In ‘The Time 100′

By | Monday April 14, 2008 @ 1:39pm PDT

time_100_cover.jpgIt’s getting down to the wire! I still need your votes if I’m to move from one of the 207 finalists into “The Time 100″ of the most influential people in the world. In return, I’ll shill for your lousy … Read More »

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Am I Worthy? 2008′s ‘Time 100′ Finalists

By | Friday April 4, 2008 @ 11:38am PDT

time_100_cover.jpgSATURDAY AM UPDATE: It’s getting to be quite a horse race as the “Time 100″ finalists move up in the rankings race minute by minute. This hour, I’m still behind that wannabe, the Dalai Lama. Vote by moving the meter towards … Read More »

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