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Finke's HBO Deal on Tilda

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 13, 2010 at 9:12AM

Nikki Finke has finally opened up --to a degree--about an agreement between her and the producers of the HBO show Tilda, which stars Diane Keaton as a Hollywood blogger based on Finke.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Nikki Finke has finally opened up --to a degree--about an agreement between her and the producers of the HBO show Tilda, which stars Diane Keaton as a Hollywood blogger based on Finke.

There is an agreement now in place among myself, Deadline's parent company MMC, and Watski productions (which is producing the Tilda pilot) negotiated solely on my behalf by attorney Tal Vigderson. I still have no creative or consulting involvement with the show nor wanted any. I still won't write about the show. And Deadline.com journalists can still write whatever they want about the show.

There are significant differences from the Tilda pilot script and Finke.

She does leave her house, meets people for meals, and doesn't drink or do drugs. But Finke's post leaves out a few key things. Did she sign a release promising never to sue HBO in exchange for six to seven figures, as the Village Voice suggests? Finke refuses to say anything beyond her post.

Here's what I hear: It may be that lawyer Matt Belloni's THR story, which laid out the ways that HBO might be legally vulnerable to the litigious Finke, was a factor in the eventual deal, which Finke did not chase. She wanted nothing to do with Tilda--no credit, no involvement of any kind. HBO chased her down, and her lawyer negotiated a deal. As to the money that presumably changed hands? No clue.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.