Deadline adds Lisa De Moraes, formerly of the Washington Post

Nikki Finke certainly doesn't sound fired from Deadline.com. Today she announced the hiring of new television columnist Lisa De Moraes, who spent about 15 years covering TV at the Washington Post after a ten-year stint as TV editor of The Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t remember when I didn’t read Lisa," Finke says in her bylined story, which actually reads like a press release, starting with a triple-barreled "Penske Media Corporation’s Jay Penske and Deadline’s Nikki Finke and Nellie Andreeva today announced the hiring of..." Finke goes on: "Her columns cover everything from morning shows to reality programs to executive suites with exclusive news and irreverence. I’m thrilled she decided to make Deadline her Hollywood home.” The story also lists other recent hires:

DENISE PETSKI, Co-Managing Editor (Denise@Deadline.com): Before joining Deadline Hollywood, Petski spent 18 years with The Associated Press. Most recently she was Breaking News Editor in the AP’s Los Angeles bureau, responsible for writing, reporting, editing and filing to AP’s online, newspaper and broadcast subscribers. Previously, she worked at AP’s Broadcast News Center in Washington DC for the AP Radio Network....

ERIK PEDERSEN, Managing Editor – Night (Erik@Deadline.com): Before joining Deadline, Pedersen worked at The Hollywood Reporter for 16 years, rising to Managing Editor. In addition to overseeing a staff of more than 80, he wrote about music for THR, did hundreds of concert and TV reviews, covered such events as the Cannes Film Festival, NATPE and MIFED, and worked closely with the web team. Before that he was a cities editor at the Orange County Register, and ME of the Los Angeles Daily Commerce.

DOMINIC PATTEN, Legal Editor & General Assignment Reporter (Dominic@Deadline.com): Before joining Deadline, Patten wrote for Salon, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and The Globe and Mail. He was the Arts & Life editor and Chief Features editor for The Vancouver Sun. ...

JEN YAMATO, Weekend Editor & General Assignment Reporter (Jen@Deadline.com): Prior to joining the Deadline team, Jen served as Executive Editor at Movieline, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes, and Film Critic at Movies.com. She has contributed to online film publications including WSJ, Film.com, and AOL Cinematical, appeared on CNN as guest critic, and covered international film festivals, Comic-Con, and other entertainment events....

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