The Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) have announced some of this year’s nominees, with winners to be unveiled at the 51st annual Awards Luncheon on February 28 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Last year, Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Mike Fleming were both nominated for the American press award, with Hammond winning for a second time (he’s the only U.S. journalist to win it twice). This year Fleming is back on the nominee list alongside Variety‘s Tim Gray, Entertainment Weekly‘s Jeff Jensen, Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz and ComingSoon.net’s Ed Douglas. Here are the rest of the noms unveiled today:
Earlier today, I got an urgent e-mail blast from The Wrap about Michael Douglas contracting throat cancer from cunnilingus. It was presented with the same traffic-pandering, classless urgency as similar blasts I’ve gotten from the same publication on health issues faced bravely by Angelina Jolie, again presented in an utterly sensationalized classless manner, and all based on the reporting of others. So to me, that’s The Wrap. Now, The Wrap is writing that Nikki Finke has been fired, and I don’t believe it for a moment. Nobody fires Nikki Finke. I was copied on this email that Jay Penske wrote to Wrap editrix Sharon Waxman: “Sharon, your story isn’t true and all of the ‘facts’ that you mention are completely erroneous.” As for me, I can only say this: Nikki convinced me to leave Daily Variety after 20 years, and it was the right move and I have never enjoyed collaborating with a journalist more than I have with her. I love what the reporters and editors here have built here with her guidance, it feels memorable and important, and I think we have a lot more to say and do together. Internal stuff happens from time to time and it gets worked out, despite the sensationalized reporting that amounts to wishful thinking on the part of The Wrap, which couldn’t carry Deadline’s jockstrap.
Here is an official response just sent internally:
Dear PMC Team,
As you may be aware, Sharon Waxman at TheWrap has just published a libelous, false, and defamatory
Los Angeles, January 22, 2013 – The Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) have> announced nominees in four categories, with the winners to be announced at their 50th Annual Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 22.
Nominees for the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor they can bestow on one of their members, are Hilary Clark, an independent publicist; Sheryl Main, unit publicist; Heidi Schaeffer, vice president PMKBNC Public Relations; Murray Weissman, founder/chairman of Weissman/Markovitz Communications and Deborah Wuliger, unit publicist.
Nominees for the Press Award honoring members of the American media are Mike Fleming (Deadline Hollywood), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly), David Karger (Fandango), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and Alex Ben Block (The Hollywood Reporter).
2ND UPDATE: Mike Fleming and his family are very appreciative of the tremendous outpouring of sympathy from the entertainment community and Deadline readership. He asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Long Island Cares Food Bank at 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), Hauppauge, NY 11788-2039. His father’s name is Michael Fleming Sr. The wake will be Saturday and Sunday at 7 PM on Long island.
UPDATE: Mike’s father died this afternoon from injuries suffered last night in New York during Hurricane Sandy. Mike obviously will be attending to family business. In the meantime, please forward all film-related news and announcements to Nikki Finke (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dominic Patten (email@example.com) and Deadline’s editors (firstname.lastname@example.org).