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Deadline Hollywood — The Definitive Choice for Industry Insiders

Deadline Hollywood (Deadline.com) first began in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily, the 24/7 Internet version of Nikki Finke’s long-running LA Weekly “Deadline Hollywood” print column. In 2009, Nikki’s site was purchased by PMC (formerly known as Mail.com Media Corporation). It has become the authoritative source for breaking news in the entertainment industry and readers check the site multiple times each day. Deadline Hollywood is regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites. Influential industry leaders and key decision-makers across many fields track Deadline many times a day and its postings regularly receive more reader comments than all of the entertainment industry news sites combined.

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Mike Fleming Jr

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Film

Mike is the Film Editor for Deadline Hollywood and is known for his industry relationships and his talent for breaking news. In addition to his primary focus on film, he covers live theatre, publishing and a wide variety of other topics. Mike also reports on the film business directly from various festivals including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto.

Mike has been with Deadline since 2010 after working at Variety for twenty years as a reporter, writer and columnist. He was not only nationally recognized as their premiere Film reporter but also for his Daily Variety, “Dish” column, as well as his Weekly Variety column, “The Buzz” where he covered infotainment.

Mike is also an author. Doubleday published his non-fiction book about The Three Stooges, From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons, which ABC turned into a telepic, executive produced by Mel Gibson (a long-time Three Stooges afficionado).

One of Mike’s early jobs in journalism was editor of the well-known Media Industry Newsletter (MIN). He then joined New York Newsday as a columnist, reviewer and entertainment writer. During his career, he has also free-lanced for numerous magazines, including Playboy, Details, TV Guide and Esquire.

Email Mike at: mike@deadline.com

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Nellie Andreeva

Co-Editor-in-Chief, TV

Nellie is the Television Editor for Deadline Hollywood. Her insightful analysis and thorough coverage of the deals, pilot season, television markets and ratings is what makes her one of the most respected journalists covering the television business today.

Before joining Deadline, Nellie worked for ten years at The Hollywood Reporter where she wrote stories on the television industry for both their online and print editions.

Prior to The Hollywood Reporter, Nellie worked as a journalist covering television and radio for Investor’s Business Daily.

Nellie’s interest in the television industry extends back to her homeland of Bulgaria, where she first became a journalist and then a producer, writer and director for Bulgarian National Television.

Email Nellie at: nellie@deadline.com

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David Lieberman

Financial Editor

David is the Executive Business Editor for Deadline Hollywood, where he reports on business and finance, big media, public policy, internet and technology.

Prior to joining Deadline, David was Senior Media Reporter at USA Today for seventeen years and covered media, telecom and technology. He also managed the USA Today’s CEO Forum, where he conducted one-on-one interviews with some of the nation’s most influential business leaders including Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt, American Express’ Kenneth Chenault and Kraft’s Irene Rosenfeld.

Before working at USA Today, David covered television as a Reporter and Editor for TV Guide, served as Media and Entertainment Editor at Business Week and covered business and the economy for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.

During his career, David free-lanced for several prestigious publications including the Media Studies Journal, The New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review and The New Republic. He also contributed an essay on media mergers which appears in the influential book, Conglomerates and the Media, published by The New Press.

In addition to his writing, David is an adjunct professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business where he specializes in business and media.

Email David at: david@deadline.com

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Pete Hammond

Awards Editor & Columnist

Pete is the Awards Columnist for Deadline Hollywood where he covers the Oscar and Emmy Seasons. He is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent awards season commentators for film and television.

Before joining Deadline, Pete was a regular contributing awards columnist for the online and print editions of The Los Angeles Times/ The Envelope, where he wrote the NOTES ON A SEASON blog for four years. He was also a film critic for Maxim Magazine/Maxim Online and Hollywood.com.

Pete was a frequent contributor to HollywoodWiretap.com and Daily Variety where he wrote numerous articles on various Award Shows including the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, PGA Awards and the Academy Awards. He also covered numerous film festivals including Cannes, AFI and Telluride where he reported on potential awards contenders.

Additionally, for the past twenty years, he has been the Contributing Editor, writing over 600 reviews, for the best-selling annual paperback, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide.

In addition to writing, Pete is also the host of the extremely popular year-round KCET Cinema Series and UCLA Extension’s Sneak Preview Winter Session where he screens a selection of films prior to their theatrical release and interviews the filmmakers.

Pete served four years on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences representing writers and is the recipient of five Emmy nominations for his own television writing. He is also the winner of the 1996 Publicists Guild of America’s Press Award.

Email Pete at: pete@deadline.com

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Anita Busch

Film Editor

Anita M. Busch is a nationally known journalist, having worked for such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair and Time. Anita is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter and the former film editor of Variety. She was the first reporter in the country to cover entertainment marketing on a daily.

Anita previously penned regular columns for Entertainment Weekly and Premiere magazines and served as a weekly commentator on NPR serving the Los Angeles market. Prior to that, she worked as an editor and reporter in Chicago covering the advertising and marketing business for Advertising Age magazine. She also covered the commercial production industry at Backstage / Shoot for a seven-state region in the Midwest.

Anita has appeared as an on-camera expert for major TV and cable news networks in the United States and for media organizations overseas. In addition, she’s edited four books, two of which were about the entertainment industry and on The New York Times Bestseller list. She’s also written and sold screenplays as well as worked in marketing and private investigation.

Most recently, Anita has devoted herself tirelessly to being an advocate for crime victims. After her cousin was murdered at the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, Anita helped create a new model for charitable giving that ensures that 100% of donations collected for victims of mass murders go directly to those victims. Anita also worked with the Association for the Recovery of Children, which rescues kidnapped and exploited children from around the world. She has received many awards, but is most proud of the Courage Award from the National Center for Victims of Crime for her work on behalf of crime victims.

Email Anita at: anita@deadline.com

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Jeremy Gerard

Exec. Editor & Theatre

Jeremy joined Deadline.com in April, 2014, after eight years at Bloomberg News, where he was a senior editor in the cultural news department, chief Broadway critic and human rights columnist. His career has taken him from the New York Times, where he was the Broadway reporter, to Variety, where he spent most of the 1990s as New York bureau chief and chief drama critic/reporter, to New York magazine, where he was Features Editor and Cultural Columnist for nearly a decade.

He has served as chairman of the jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, president of the New York Drama Critics Circle (in which he remains a member) and has taught cultural reporting and criticism at the Columbia University and New York University graduate schools of journalism.

His profiles, reporting and commentary have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times magazine, Esquire, the Columbia Journalism Review and many of the country’s major newspapers. Jeremy’s highly praised book about off-Broadway, “Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life & Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and The American Place Theatre” was published in December, 2013.

Jeremy and his wife Carla Wittes live in Manhattan.

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Nancy Tartaglione

International Editor

Nancy is the International Editor for Deadline Hollywood where she covers the film and media business as well as various festivals and award shows. Six years ago, she took over the day-to-day running of HollywoodWiretap.com and continues as Editor-in-Chief.

Based in Europe, Nancy has had a number of high profile jobs as a journalist including ten years as French Correspondent/Contributing Editor for ScreenDaily.com and Screen International, where she broke hundreds of exclusive news stories. She also has worked for The New York Times as a freelance editor for the popular DealBook blog.

Earlier in her career, Nancy was the European Media Correspondent for Inside.com and co-hosted Canal Plus’ film program Bazar. Nancy also spent four years as reporter and editor for Variety in both Paris and Los Angeles and three years as the French Bureau Chief for Variety’s Moving Pictures.

Nancy also worked in the Paris office of 60 Minutes collaborating on stories for correspondent, Mike Wallace, and spent two years in the Features department of the International Herald Tribune.

Email Nancy at: nancy@deadline.com

Lisa de Moraes

TV Columnist
Lisa is the TV Columnist for Deadline Hollywood. One of the most respected and colorful voices in television coverage, she covers the business of TV with her deep sources and outstanding knowledge and unusual fearlessness. Indeed, her sharp and, when necessary, scathing and sardonic insights make for ‘must’ reading by the industry’s top stakeholders. Her columns cover everything from morning shows to scripted shows to reality programs to news channels to executive suites with exclusive reporting and irreverence. Previously, she was the hugely popular Washington Post journalist who for 15 years wrote the well sourced and widely read ‘The TV Column’ several times a week. She was known for her nuanced perspective of the TV business, always with her trademark wit, and came with an established following because of her distinctive writing style, analysis and opinion. Slate praised that she “gives the entertainment-information industrial complex hell.” Before joining The Washington Post in 1998, de Moraes served for nearly 10 years as Television Editor for The Hollywood Reporter. Email Lisa at: lisa@deadline.com
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Patrick Hipes

Managing Editor
Patrick is the Managing Editor for Deadline Hollywood. He is not only responsible for updating and maintaining the site, but also regularly posts stories on a wide variety of topics. He also works closely with the editorial team on assigning stories and developing the strategy for various film festivals and award shows. Before joining Deadline, Patrick worked at The Hollywood Reporter for seven years where he was Copy Chief then promoted to Assistant Managing Editor. His numerous responsibilities included keeping the workflow running smoothly in a 50+person newsroom. Prior to working at The Hollywood Reporter, Patrick worked on both the news and sports desks at the Orange County Register, where he edited numerous business stories, features and breaking news. One of Patrick’s first jobs in journalism was as Copy Editor in the Sports department at the L.A. Daily News. Email Patrick at: patrick@deadline.com

Denise Petski

Co-Managing Editor
Denise is the Co-Managing Editor for Deadline Hollywood. She is not only responsible for updating and maintaining the site, but also regularly posts stories on a wide variety of topics. She 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 throughout California and the world. Previously, she worked at AP’s Broadcast News Center in Washington DC for the AP Radio Network. Early on in her career, she was at KNX-AM in L.A. and on the assignment desk at CNN L.A. She has won numerous awards from AP, Southern California Radio Television News Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Email Denise at: denise@deadline.com

Erik Pedersen

Managing Editor
Erik is Managing Editor – Night at Deadline Hollywood. He is not only responsible for updating and maintaining the site, but also regularly posts stories on a wide variety of topics. Before joining, he worked at The Hollywood Reporter for 16 years, rising to Managing Editor. His numerous responsibilities included overseeing staff and keeping the workflow running smoothly in an 80+ person newsroom. He also 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. Email Erik at: erik@deadline.com
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Dominic Patten

Legal Editor
Dominic is Legal Editor & General Assignment Reporter at Deadline Hollywood. He is not only responsible for breaking news about and keeping up with Hollywood’s major lawsuits and courtroom activities, but he also regularly posts stories on a wide variety of topics. He previously 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. A frequent guest on NPR, Fox News Channel, CNN and SiriusXM, Patten has been a documentary director, TV producer and national news correspondent. He created and hosted Canada’s primetime TV news magazine 21© for CTV and garnered several awards and nominations. Email Dominic at: dominic@deadline.com
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Jen Yamato

Sr. Film Reporter
Jen is Weekend Editor & General Assignment Reporter at Deadline Hollywood. She is not only responsible for updating and maintaining the site, but also regularly posts stories on a wide variety of topics. Prior to joining the Deadline team, she 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. Email Jen at: jen@deadline.com













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Stacey Farish

VP of Entertainment and Publisher of Awardsline

Stacey Farish, PMC’s VP of Entertainment and Publisher of Awardsline, is responsible for overseeing all advertising strategy and revenue across PMC’s various entertainment business units. At PMC—the parent company to several of the most successful websites in the entertainment industry, including Deadline, TVLine, ENTV and Hollywood Life—Stacey consistently develops new, targeted advertising opportunities for clients.

A widely respected advertising publisher known for managing multiple categories throughout the country with a focus on strategic sponsorships across all categories of business, Stacey has a proven record in the national media marketplace. Her strengths include new business development, creation of new sales products, and building alternative revenue streams.

Prior to joining PMC, Stacey was the Publisher of TheWrap, a trade competitor where she launched a successful foreign and documentary screening series. Stacey also served as VP of Entertainment at the LA Times, where she contributed to the company’s success by selling the first ever Masthead wrap and launching Culture Monster Wednesdays.

Email Stacey at: sfarish@pmc.com

About PMC

PMC is a leading digital media and publishing company founded by Jay Penske in 2004. Today, PMC engages with audiences across the web as well as television, mobile, print and social media to reach more than 115 million consumers monthly, according to Comscore. PMC owns a unique and growing portfolio of lifestyle brands that provide the web’s best original content in categories including entertainment, sports, breaking news, media, finance, tech, health, shopping, fashion, beauty, and automotive. Deadline Hollywood, Awardsline, Variety, TVLine, ENTV, Movieline, Hollywood Life, PMC Studios, BGR, OnCars, India.com, and the Young Hollywood Awards, The Style Awards, and Breakthrough of the Year Awards are all part of the expanding PMC portfolio.

For more information on PMC and its brands, please visit www.PMC.com.

Nikki Finke

Nikki was the Founder of Deadline Hollywood Daily.

Nikki’s journalism career has included positions around the world with the most powerful and influential media outlets: as an Associated Press foreign correspondent in Moscow and London,
Newsweek correspondent in Washington DC and Los Angeles, and
Los Angeles Times staff writer covering entertainment and features. She was West Coast Editor and Hollywood columnist first for the
New York Observer and then for New York Magazine.

She joined LA Weekly as its Deadline Hollywood columnist in 2002, writing about the business, politics and culture of the media and entertainment industry. In March 2006, she started Deadline Hollywood Daily, the online version of her print column. In 2009, Nikki’s blog was purchased by PMC (formerly known as Mail.com Media Corporation) and has become the authoritative source for breaking news and insider analysis/commentary in the entertainment industry.

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