Finke says that Brooks was homesick for New York, where Movieline happened to have some openings. "He's a great piece of manpower and there was no way the parent company was going to let him go," she says. "It worked out well, he will fit their needs. It's a win-win for everybody."
Actually, I think Brooks will be happier at Movieline, which could use some new blood, and I wish him well. He starts his new gig Tuesday. For the time being, Brooks will continue to supply Finke with indie box office reports. Finke has two other L.A. hires in mind, which she may announce as early as this week.
They'd better have tough skins. Finke has had better luck maintaining her writing stable, led by work-at-home newshounds Mike Fleming and Nellie Andreeva and awards blogger Pete Hammond, than getting along with senior pros such as ex-Daily Variety editor Michael Speier (who also moved to Movieline and eventually, to Disney) and ex-LAT publishing exec Lynne Segall (who went to The Hollywood Reporter).