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Four Years a Slave: Nikki Finke Tweets Her Departure from Deadline. "We Want the Old Nikki Back," Fleming Responds (UPDATE)

Nikki Finke on Twitter: "All that's left is for the lawyers to disentangle me from Penske. I have no idea why he has fought so hard to keep me. I'll be free soon."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2013 1:43 PM
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Nordwind Appointed L.A. Times Film Editor

The L.A. Times assistant managing editor Arts & entertainment John Corrigan announces that longtime entertainment veteran Richard Nordwind is the new film editor. See his memo below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2013 4:20 PM
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Variety Hires Newsweek/Daily Beasts's Setoodeh as New York Film Editor

Claudia Eller, Variety editor-in-chief, film, has made a big hire: Newsweek/Daily Beast journalist Ramin Setoodeh as New York film editor. According to Variety, which is trying to catch up with tech-savvy rival trades The Hollywood Reporter and its new owner Jay Penske's own Deadline, Setoodeh will cover the movie business and media not only as a reporter but via videos and webcasts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 9, 2013 11:31 AM
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End of an Era: Musto Leaves Voice, Is Carter On Way Out of Vanity Fair?

Editor Graydon Carter, 63, has been a fixture at Vanity Fair since 1992. Keith Kelly reports that he's having a bumpy time renegotiating his contract, which is up in July, with Conde Nast CEO Charles Townsend, rather than S.I. Newhouse.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2013 6:10 PM
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Indiewire Adds Two Stars to Blog Network: Jerry Beck and Jon Friedman

Welcome to two members of the Indiewire Blog Network. Animation expert Jerry Beck and co-founder of Cartoon Brew, which he left in February, will keep us posted on daily doings in the animation world via Animation Scoop, while Media Web columnist Jon Friedman, who recently left Marketwatch after 14 years, brings his inside look at players and trends in the media industry to Media Matrix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2013 5:38 PM
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Women in the World Summit Features Inspiring Speeches from Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Tina Brown, Angelina Jolie and More (VIDEO)

The fourth annual Women in the World summit featured its signature mix of powerful, distinguished and eminent female leaders and icons as well as little-known women who are making great efforts to advocate on the part of women around the world (clips below).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 8, 2013 11:15 AM
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Los Angeles Times Reveals Program for 18th Annual Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times has published the program for its 18th Annual Festival of Books, which runs on the USC Campus the weekend of April 20-21. The lineup boasts over 400 notable literary personalities, celebrity chefs, political experts and other public figures who will entertain attendees with panels, discussions, debates and performances.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 25, 2013 6:27 PM
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'Girls' Creator Lena Dunham Poses for Playboy and Answers 20 Questions

On newsstands Friday, readers will find media habituée Lena Dunham posing and waxing dirty in Playboy's 20 questions, which usually features men. Dunham’s HBO series "Girls" is week after week the subject of controversy and speculation (yet also the topic of shrewd think-pieces such as this one in the L.A. Review of Books). Given that Dunham is challenging how our culture depicts male and female sexuality, Playboy is a great venue for continuing that dialogue.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 14, 2013 4:02 PM
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Variety Drops Paywall, Kicks Gray Upstairs, Adds Eller for Editorial Troika

The Variety shoe has finally dropped as media mogul Jay Penske has tapped the L.A. Times' Claudia Eller and Variety staff editors Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein as the new editors-in-chief of Variety, charged with leading the 100-year-old trade through its next non-print evolution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2013 1:09 PM
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Film Critic Lisa Schwarzbaum on Movies, the Good, Bad and Ugly of Engaging with Readers, and Leaving EW After 22 Years

When Lisa Schwarzbaum announced earlier this month that she would be leaving Entertainment Weekly, I wrote her asking why. "I'm leaving under the happiest of circumstances," she replied. "22 years is enough for anything, don't you think?"
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2013 2:57 PM
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