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Deadline Hollywood — The Definitive Choice for Industry Insiders

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. In 2009, Nikki’s site was purchased by PMC (formerly known as 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.


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.

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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.

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Michael Cieply

Executive Editor

Michael is the Executive Editor for Deadline Hollywood. Since 2004, Michael has been covering Hollywood for The New York Times from the Los Angeles bureau. He joined as the paper’s movie editor before eventually moving to a full-time job reporting and writing about the movie business. Previously, Cieply was an editor-reporter for the Los Angeles Times business section covering media, music and film. He first worked for the Los Angeles Times from 1987-91 as a reporter in the Calendar section and later for Business.

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Pete Hammond

Awards Editor & Columnist

Pete Hammond is currently the Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood. For the past 7 years he has also been Awards Editor and Columnist for Deadline where he covers the Oscar and Emmy Seasons. He is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent awards season analysts for film and television.

During his career, he has also served as Film Critic for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine, Backstage, and Maxim.

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. Additionally, he also hosts KCET’s weekly television series, Must See Movies, where he introduces films with insightful commentary.

He has held producing positions at Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Martin Short Show and AMC Network.

He is the recipient of five Emmy nominations for his television writing and is the winner of the 1996 & 2013 Publicists Guild of America’s Press Award and is only the second journalist in the Organization’s 50 year history to receive the award twice.

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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.

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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 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 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 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.

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Dominic Patten

Senior Editor
Dominic is the Senior Editor, Legal & TV Critic at Deadline Hollywood. As that title indicates, Patten is not only responsible for breaking news about litigious Hollywood’s major lawsuits and courtroom activities, but also offering insights on this new Golden Age of television with his video reviews and more. Additionally, with the power of the Hollywood ATM for President and would-be Presidents, Patten heads political coverage for Deadline and regularly posts stories on a wide variety of topics. He previously wrote for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and The Globe and Mail. A frequent guest on NPR, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and CBS, Patten has been a documentary director, TV producer, national news correspondent and a newspaper editor. Email Dominic with tips and feedback at:

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:

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 with feedback at:

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: Email Denise with feedback at:

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 with feedback at:


Stacey Farish

Chief Revenue Officer & General Manager

Stacey Farish, Chief Revenue Officer and GM of Deadline and sister sites TVLine and Gold Derby, 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.

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About PMC

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 180 million and empowers more than 1 million global CEOs and business thought-leaders in markets that impact the world. Our dynamic events, data services, and rich content entertain and educate today’s fashion, retail, beauty, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global influencers are informed, connected, and inspired. To learn more about PMC and its iconic brands, visit

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 Media Corporation) and has become the authoritative source for breaking news and insider analysis/commentary in the entertainment industry.