At 3:30 this afternoon, Nikki Finke posted at Deadline that she was "wiped" after an intense work summer and was gone on vacation until October. One minute later, she posted her latest swipe at a competitor, this time accusing Sharon Waxman and The Wrap of putting six high-level Hollywood executives on an advisory board for the site without the moguls knowledge. Finke:
I contacted each exec’s office and asked if they knew they were on the panel. No one knew. Not Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman/CEO Michael Lynton. Not Warner Bros Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum. Not News Corp Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller. Not Creative Artists Agency Partner Bryan Lourd. Not Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Not Entertainment Media Ventures Managing Partner Sandy Climan.
Waxman couldn’t even get some of the moguls’ job titles accurate, screwing up three of them. Once they were informed about being on the “Advisory Board”, six executives and/or their reps contacted Waxman and demanded to be taken off the roster. But the damage had already been done.
Waxman usually engages with Finke in these skirmishes, but I can't find anything on the site this time. But The Wrap's media conference, The Grill, opened tonight in Beverly Hills.
* Waxman response: "It’s completely false. But entirely de rigueur. I have resisted the temptation to let the world in on how Nikki Finke stoops to threats, extortion, lies and insults to prevent our events from taking place. This one is no different."