For Immediate Release

LOS ANGELES – June 18, 2013: Penske Media Corporation’s Jay Penske and Deadline’s Nikki Finke and Nellie Andreeva today announced the hiring of LISA DE MORAES, the hugely respected and popular Washington Post journalist who for 15 years wrote the well sourced and widely read ‘The TV Column’ several times a  week. Effective immediately, de Moraes becomes’s TV Columnist, covering the business of TV with her deep sources and outstanding knowledge and unusual fearlessness.

“We’re thrilled Lisa has joined our Deadline team,” said PMC Founder and CEO Jay Penske. “Her nuanced perspective of the TV business — always with her trademark wit — is an exciting addition for our audience.”

Before joining The Washington Post in 1998, de Moraes served for nearly 10 years as Television Editor for The Hollywood Reporter. No stranger to the outspoken brand of reporting produced by Deadline’s prolific and talented team, de Moraes comes with an established following because of her distinctive writing style, analysis and opinion. Slate praised that she “gives the entertainment-information industrial complex hell.” Indeed, her sharp and, when necessary, scathing and sardonic insights will make for ‘must’ reading by the industry’s top stakeholders and bolster Deadline’s already prominent position as the go-to source for its TV business readership.

“Lisa is one of the most respected and colorful voices in television coverage today,” said Deadline’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva. “I’ve enjoyed her work as a fan for years, now I’m happy to have her as a colleague
at Deadline.”

Said Nikki Finke, PMC’s Editorial Adviser and Deadline’s Editor-in-Chief & Founder: “I can’t remember when I didn’t read Lisa. 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.”

De Moraes has moved to Los Angeles and can be reached at With this significant hire, Deadline continues to build its dominance in bold reporting on the business of entertainment. In addition to Finke, Andreeva, Film Editor Mike Fleming, Business Editor David Lieberman, Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, and International Editor Nancy Tartaglione, the Editorial Team has expanded with these recent hires:

DENISE PETSKI, Co-Managing Editor ( 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. 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.

ERIK PEDERSEN, Managing Editor – Night ( 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 ( 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. 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.

JEN YAMATO, Weekend Editor & General Assignment Reporter ( Prior to joining the Deadline team, Jen served as Executive Editor at Movieline, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes, and Film Critic at She has contributed to online film publications including WSJ,, and AOL Cinematical, appeared on CNN as guest critic, and covered international film festivals, Comic-Con, and other entertainment events. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Mass Communications.

About Deadline Hollywood: Deadline Hollywood ( 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. Her site was then purchased by PMC in 2009. 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.

About Penske Media Corporation (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,, 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 or its digital properties directly.

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