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Nikki Finke looks back, Frere-Jones era over at LAT and more media notes

Deadline Hollywood celebrated 10 years of publication with a print magazine and allowing founder Nikki Finke to look back on it all. Sample:

nikkifinke-320-dh.jpgWhen I started Deadline Hollywood Daily, as it was called way back in 2006, I needed a quicker way to report breaking entertainment news than my weekly newspaper column. So I bought the URL DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com for 14 bucks and change. I didn’t set out to be a disruptor. Or an internet journalist who created something out of nothing that put the Hollywood trades back on their heels, and today, under Penske Media ownership, is a website worth $100+ million. Or a woman with brass balls, fuck-you attitude and ruthless hustle, who told hard truths about the moguls and who accurately reported scoops first.


Yes, I did recognize that showbiz coverage could change, because the digital platform leveled a playing field that had previously belonged to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Back then, the trades were slow to embrace the idea that trees no longer had to die for a media outlet to be influential....

I’ll never forget the weekend of DHD’s birth. I received the website template on a Friday, figured out how to post text and photos that Saturday, and live-blogged the 78th Academy Awards that Sunday. To my great surprise, The Drudge Report posted a link to my Oscar snarking. Deadline Hollywood Daily was off and running.

  • Morley Safer is retiring after 46 years with "60 Minutes" and longer with CBS News.
  • Remember last July when Sasha Frere-Jones joined the LA Times as cultural critic? That was a head scratcher inside and outside the newsroom, and he has quietly left the building. His office is cleaned out and his bio on the LAT site says of Frere-Jones that "he left The Times in 2016."
  • Vogue editor Anna Wintour is co-hosting a Hollywood-oriented Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Los Angeles on May 23. Variety
  • Editor Gwen Muranaka writes about what the financially struggling Rafu Shimpo continues to mean to the LA Japanese American community. Zocalo
  • Fox Television Stations plans to bring the New York Post gossip column "Page Six" to TV with a daily half-hour. LA Times
  • Reporter Hector Becerra writes first-person about when childhood innocence and gang violence lived side by side in his Boyle Heights neighborhood. LA Times
  • Ronan Farrow wrote a personal column for the Hollywood Reporter: "My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked" (about sexual abuse of his sister.) THR
  • Alison Martino, the Los Angeles Magazine contributor and creator of Vintage LA on Facebook, posts publicly about the progress of her treatments for breast cancer and on the importance of mammograms. Facebook
  • Freelance writer and copy editor Sandra Vahtel did not find full-time driving for Uber or Lyft as promised or rewarding. LAT op-ed
  • The Los Angeles Times promoted Marques Harper to fashion editor from interim. He previously worked at the Austin American-Statesman as a fashion writer, columnist, stylist and metro reporter. At the Roanoke Times, he covered media and pop culture, per the announcement.
  • The Los Angeles Review of Books added Ghanaian-American writer Nana-Ama Danquah to its editorial board as senior editor of African Literature and Culture.
  • Sara Catania, recently the West Coast editor in charge for Reuters, is now an associate editor at Zócalo Public Square. She was formerly vice president of digital news at NBC4, an editor for Patch and a staff writer at the LA Times and LA Weekly. She also was a blogger for LA Observed.
  • Jamie Annunzio Myers has been named Chief Operating Officer for PBS SoCal. She had been acting COO.
  • Dawn E. Garcia, managing director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Program at Stanford, has been promoted to director of the program.
  • Former LAT and Herald Examiner reporter Andy Furillo has a book coming in June about his late dad, "The Steamer: Bud Furillo and the Golden Age of LA Sports." Amazon
  • Univision is launching Univision Story House, a new unit based in Los Angeles that will produce original content in English and Spanish for the company’s portfolio of networks as well as third parties. It will be part of the Fusion Media Group. Variety
  • Users are not happy that Google changed its blue-colored search results hyperlinks. Marketplace
  • ABC 7 is advertising for a helicopter reporter. Journalism Jobs


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