Deadline Hollywood Daily’s delightfully combative Nikki Finke shows no signs of aging, unless responding to a legal threat with the words “stick this letter up your asses” constitutes dementia. In Nikki’s case, it likely doesn’t.
Long story short: Hollywood Reporter formally accused Ms. Finke of “a concerted and unlawful attempt to disrupt THR’s business” that includes telling advertisers that the Reporter has financial problems and harassing THR staff. Nikki Finke responded as Nikki Finke would:
To: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, NYC
You can stick this letter up your asses if you think you can intimidate me as a journalist who has spent months now reporting and preparing an article about The Hollywood Reporter which I plan to publish very soon. If anything I have been very circumspect about informing Hollywood about the truth regarding THR. Because the truth hurts:
– This week THR laid off/fired more staffers in addition to the other staffers laid off/fired this summer alone.
– I have contacted THR staffers only when they claim ‘exclusives’ that aren’t (because Deadline had the true earlier ‘exclusive’) or when THR staffers steal Deadline content (our exclusives with no reference or link). [See cease and desist letter which Deadline sent to THR on February 25th, 2011.] I have been warning other reporters and other media outlets about this as well. Which is why I plan to start “naming names” of reporters who slap their bylines on Deadline’s exclusive information. They deserve humiliation for it.
Rather than be named by Ms. Finke, we’ll let you read the rest of the letter here. There is so much more to enjoy. In the Legend of Nikki Finke, this is kind of a classic chapter.
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