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June 2009 Archive

LATE NIGHT WEEK 3: Dave Wins Eyeballs, Conan Wins Demos; But O'Brien Ratings Lowest Ever Recorded For 'Tonight Show'

So it looks like there’ll be duelling press releases throughout the summer in the Conan O’Brien vs David Letterman battle for supremacy. But I’ve just learned that what wasn’t in either network’s PR sheets is that Conan is now garnering the smallest audience for The Tonight Show ever well, at least since the advent of Nielsen people meters for the show in 1987. There’s good and bad news for both CBS and NBC. It’s clear right now that Dave’s Late Show is topping Conan’s… Read

3RD UPDATE: Jeff Zucker Privately Pledging “Imminent Changes” At NBC And Universal

WRITETHRU (UPDATED THROUGHOUT): It sounds as if Jeff Zucker wants to flip the switch at NBC and Universal, and scare the bejesus out of his Hollywood executives. Is it to divert attention from his own monstrous failure as their chairman? I’ve learned he’s telling Hollywood privately that he’s planning to make moves at Universal, maybe before mid-July. Zucker also told Hollywood privately yesterday that “there are changes and they’ll be imminent” at NBC. He implied that… Read

DHD Advisory: Please Re-Send Comments

The website’s cability to receive comments went down at 10:30 AM. The problem has been fixed. Please re-send. (And don’t blame the new guys. The transition doesn’t occur until sometime in July…) Also, after being ill, and then reporting DHD news, I’m not back to normal operation of the site. So please cut DHD some slack.  Read

STUNNER! STUDIO PRESSURE SUCCESSFUL: Academy To Now Allow 10 Oscar Nominees In Best Picture Category (Worst Idea Ever)

This hugely surprising and dramatic change for the 82nd Academy Awards is the direct result of intense lobbying by the major studios of the “Acadummy” Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. And outgoing president Sid Ganis, himself a former Sony/Columbia top executive, was especially vulnerable to the studio pressure because of his personality penchant for kowtowing to power and influence. I’ve learned he personally helped the studios impose their agenda on what is supposed… Read

Truly A Sad Parting: VVM Now Searches To “Fill The Void” Left By DHD's Departure

Late today, Village Voice Media issued a very classy news release announcing that my Deadline Hollywood Daily website was leaving to join MMC. I’m so sad. I want to thank everyone at VVM for DHD’s past 3+ years: COO Jim Larkin and CEO Michael Lacey were great partners and great guys. Their support, including Internet boss Bill Jensen’s, contributed substantially to my website’s success. VVM has asked me to continue my print column for LA Weekly, where I work with Deputy… Read

What To Expect From DHD's Next Phase…

Know this: I did not sell out. I really meant it when I said that DeadlineHollywood will continue to be an independent editorial voice – and I would retain complete control over everything reported on the website — so that DHD's credibility with its readers could remain intact. Now, with this new company’s advanced infrastructure and capable team, I can bring DHD to the next level starting next month. You have been asking for that: trust me, your frustrations… Read

MMC Acquires Deadline Hollywood Daily

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAIL.COM MEDIA CORP ACQUIRES DEADLINEHOLLYWOODDAILY.COM Signs Agreement With Award-Winning Entertainment Business Journalist Nikki Finke; MMC To Distribute Nikki Finke's Content Exclusively Across Its Digital Media Platform June 23, 2009 (LOS ANGELES) — Media Corporation (MMC), the digital media company that owns and operates the portal and email service as well as a growing portfolio of lifestyle brands, including… Read

EXCLUSIVE! PARAMOUNT SHAKEUP: John Lesher To Exit As Studio President “Soon” UPDATE: He's Out, Will Get Producing Deal; Brad Weston Out, Too, With Producing Deal 2ND UPDATE: Adam Goodman Promoted To New President Of Paramount Film Group

Keep refreshing for updates on this breaking news story… 4:20PM: As my sources predicted (below), Adam Goodman (photo right) will replace John Lesher (photo above) as the new President of the Paramount Film Group reporting to studio boss Brad Grey. In October 2008, Goodman moved from head of production at DreamWorks SKG to Paramount Pictures as President of Production overseeing a creative staff managing current DreamWorks projects and creative relationships as well as… Read

Bob Cook Leaving Twentieth Television

His contract isn’t up until November but Bob Cook, president of the syndication and distribution arm for News Corp’s broadcast and cable operations, is leaving to form his own company in the next few months once his successor is in place. Word is that may be Greg Meidel, the veteran TV exec who currently runs News Corp’s My Network TV and could also get oversight of Twentieth TV which he ran in the mid-1990s when TV syndications was still alive and well. Cook told the Los… Read